The Old Timer wrote:We all thought and hoped Windows XP would be around forever and MS pulled it out from under us.
Actually "we" didn't! I never liked
Windows XP though I did appreciate the inclusion of device drivers.
I guess I am the "real" old-timer, as I started with Windows 3.1x, which was DOS with a gui (borrowed from a Xerox demo called Visi On)
I cut my teeth on Windows NT 4.0 (after a brief stint with NT 3.5) (Loved it!), and when Windows 95 debuted, I shunned it for OS/2 Warp. Windows 95 was DOS 6.22 with a newly-designed gui which was later adapted for Windows XP Windows XP was Windows NT with the 95 gui
I was an early adopter of Windows 2000 (again, NT 4.0 with device drivers), so when they added the 95 gui, Windows XP became very popular
Windows XP also included a vast array of device drivers which were the bane of Windows NT (you always had to seek a video or network driver)
I run Windows 7 in a virtual machine (and support Windows Server 2008 in another) (both very stable Windows versions)
So, anyway, I started experimenting with Linux (more distros than I care to remember) but settled on Linux Mint Maya in 2012 I've been using Linux Mint Cinnamon exclusively since the summer of 2012 and look forward to the next updates (love the "rolling release" concept)
Windows 8, and now Windows 10, are HUGE disappointments to me, and I'm glad to see they've caused more users to try Linux Mint.