Windows XP and Linux Mint: Brothers at the interface (Gallery)

Windows XP and Linux Mint: Brothers at the interface (Gallery)

Summary: If you want to stick with a Windows XP style interface, you should seriously consider using Linux Mint with its Cinnamon desktop.

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  • Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon desktop

    And now say hello to my much neater Linux Mint/Cinnamon desktop. You'll notice that except for having the Menu button on the top left instead of XP's Start button, it looks pretty much like XP. Mint/Cinnamon does more than than that, it also works--left-click to select, double-left-click to run, right-click for properties--just like XP.

  • WinWord on XP

    Here we have a typical Windows XP application--Microsoft Word set to use menus instead of the annoying ribbon. You know it well. 

  • LibreOffice Writer on Linux Mint

    And, here we have LibreOffice's Writer application with a document. Notice how "different" it looks from Word? That's right. It's doesn't. It works the same and it can also produce Word-compatible documents.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Linux, PCs, Windows

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  • Nice Try

    Ok Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols this is another attempt to push Linux by showing how easy it is to switch from XP to Linux.

    In your dreams. The enterprise is upgrading.... to Win 7 not Linux. I am seeing this all over.
    gbouchard99
    • Not to mention he is ignoring..

      The fact that what works today in Linux? Could very well not work tomorrow. For an example just look to the Ask Slashdot from a few days ago pointing out that sticky keys, a vital tool for disabled people, was broken several releases ago and NEVER FIXED. What did the person who needed help because sticky keys didn't work get for "advice"

      1.- Stick with a no longer supported version of Linux, in other words they would be in the same boat if they would have just stayed with XP. 2.- Play "Distro roulette" until they could find one where sticky keys actually worked, several hours to several days worth of work with no promise of payoff, or the most hilarious one 3.- pay the lazy developer who broke it to "fix" it. Yeah because people on disability in the USA have so much disposable income as to hire developers, not to mention this would be rewarding incompetence.

      At the end of the day Windows 7 is better in just about every way, it will be supported until 2020 at the earliest (and from the looks of things will be the next XP and thus will probably get extensions), will run quite well on just about anything actually usable on the web today, this is no idle boast as I have run it on a circa 2003 Sempron, a 2005 Pentium D, and a 2006 C2D and it ran great on all three with just 1Gb of RAM, and they can keep pretty much all their software and hardware without any distro roulette. In fact the only 2 pieces of hardware I had trouble with was a no name analog only PCI capture card ($15 on Amazon not only solved that but gave me digital as well as analog support) and a Radeon Xpress 100 IGP, again Amazon and a whole $8 for an HD2400 fixed this problem while giving me hardware acceleration for video.

      So I'm sorry Mr Nichols but as long as Torvalds is in charge so that NO IMPROVEMENTS can come to the horribly outdated driver model, not to mention serious lack of quality control as we saw with the sticky keys problem? Then people will pirate Windows before they take Linux. Oh and FYI but if MSFT does as is rumored and give away a "powered by Bing" version of Windows? It'll be netbooks all over again.
      PC builder
      • Linux

        The last time I used Linux was about five years ago. It was Ubuntu. It worked ok but I couldn't use a printer. At least the one I had.

        Ralph Falkenburg
        Ralph E. Falkenburg Jr.
        • My experience was opposite

          I upgraded to Win 7 several years ago to find I could no longer use my trusty HP DeskJet 722c printer. I had to run Linux in order to print. I've since added a printer and more computers but have also switched entirely to Linux (Mint Cinnamon). I'm so much happier in so many ways. Like 95% of small business owners, I have no need for Legacy applications. Cloud based accounting and documents are easier, worry free with collaboration with my team built in. Also saves a lot of money and time. I don't need to keep servers and backup servers for all of it. I really like my new cloud based business and Linux computer world!
          tcchenier
      • I plan on putting an XP machine onto Linux, personally

        I have two that run XP - one I will leave on it. The other I will move to Xubuntu.

        There are downsides to Linux to be sure. I really don't think Xubuntu is quite as good as Windows 7. But what it will do is run on 512K RAM on an old Dell, which Windows 7 will not.

        So that's what I am moving it to. I could throw it out and buy a new one, I suppose - but the PC isn't dead, and I don't see any great need to spend money to replace it or upgrade its memory, for what it is used for (a guest office PC.)
        Mac_PC_FenceSitter
      • PC builder, your drunk, go home

        My XP machine wont run Win7, I tried. It now runs Linux and I'm quite happy with it. Bye bye M$.
        BobK Linux Noob
    • Yawn

      I see the Redmond Reputation Management Squad are on day release.
      Alan Smithie
    • Mint and Cinnamon might have XP's look,

      But straight Ubuntu (and Canonical's official sister derivatives), have a much better software repository, including Steam.
      Richard Estes
      • Mint is a Ubuntu derivative, so can use Ubuntu's repository

        There are two basic flavors of Mint: Ubuntu derivative, and Debian derivative. The latter is called LMDE, last I checked. So if not called that, then it's Ubuntu derivative (just like Zorin is), and you can download anything Ubuntu One offers.

        I've not done it lately, but I had done it a year ago, that's why I can reply. I don't do games, so I don't know how well Steam will work. But frankly anything's better than Ubuntu's own distro. Horribly buggy from 12-13 onward. I finally got rid of it.
        brainout
    • "The enterprise is upgrading.... to Win 7"? Really???

      Really, I thought it was upgrading to Windows 8 ... no, wait, Windows 8.1 ... lol. I'm so glad you cleared that one up. No, actually, that would be in Microsoft's dreams.

      If people are holding on to XP, they are not the bleeding edge type, they just want stuff that works. That's make Mint Linux perfect for their needs. It just runs and runs.

      Finally, you are right that IF they want to stay with MFST, Windows 7 is more reliable choice.
      padapa
  • It aint happening SJVN, try as you might

    Its not just the UI that matters, but the overall ecosystem. Linux has its place, but not on the desktop for now.

    What it shows is the feeble attempt of Linux to copy Windows, nothing original.

    And just to note, your so called DOA Windows 8 has sold over 200 million copies in 15 months.
    soulxfer
    • Not a very good sales rate...

      Which is why MS is trying to even pay users to get off of XP.
      jessepollard
      • Linux is free.

        Even with every distribution combined, it still has less market-share than OS X.

        Besides, Microsoft isn't paying people to get off of XP.

        They're giving a discount to those who turn in an XP machine.

        There's a huge difference between getting paid to do something and exchanging something for cash/credit.

        Do your research before you spread around FUD.
        ForeverCookie
        • Who cares about market share?

          Honestly, that's a thing for vendors to worry about. Not a concern of mine, and never has been.

          I have, as noted above, a guest computer to upgrade by April 8. I could buy a new PC, which will do more and be better, no question; or I can cheap out and just drop Xubuntu on it, and keep it running another couple of years.

          That's what I will end up doing for the guest office and its PC. Market share between commercial OS vendors is not a consideration for me.
          Mac_PC_FenceSitter
        • Market Share?

          How would you know what the market share is for Linux? Nobody reports sales figures for Linux because there are no sale. It is free.
          bobp4
      • Pay for XP users?

        Microsoft offered a measly $100 off computers that cost $1000 approx. If Microsoft really wants people to start using Windows 8, they should go in with the bait and offer XP users the $40.00 Windows 8 upgrade offer. Microsoft has no choice, if they want users off of the horribly dated OS, then they have to take drastic measures. In 7 years from now, Windows XP will 20 years old, and I really hope no one will be using it still then.
        Pollo Pazzo
  • Honestly Folks...

    Who really cares?
    robradina9
  • Why do you work here?

    It looks nothing like XP. XP is dead, and Linux needs a corporate backer to take off.

    You are the Nickleback af tech writers. You have no fans, but you write crap that people click on, mostly because they disagree with you.

    If you opened a restaurant, the food and service would be bad. And you would would pride yourself on that.

    If I were you, I would be ashamed of myself for whoring myself out for clicks. But I can write. You can't.
    pishaw
    • Yea, Sure XP is dead

      29.53% WINDOWS XP -February, 2014

      http://www.netmarketshare.com/
      RickLively
  • One thing to be sure

    At least the user interface in Linux isn't as jarring as it is in Windows 8. If I could get Linux installed properly and get all the programs I'd need, I would use it. Steam is now on Linux also, so Linux is a good alternate choice if you don't want Windows 8. You do need to understand the Linux terminal for installing programs and drivers etc. I have so many legacy Windows programs, and I am also not fully familiarized with Linux, so I'll sticking with Windows for a long while.
    Pollo Pazzo