Sorry if this is not related to linux, but its so dangerous.
Many pc’s can’t upgrade to WIndows 11. Sure, we can convince some people to switch to linux instead, but many don’t know how to.
And, with an estimated 400 million windows 10 pc’s inelligible(also older windows versions), this could create a huge landfill of computers that will make the environment worse than before.
Yes, i know there is this non-profit organization that sent a petition, but microsoft just replied today(or yesterday or tommorow in your time zone depending on where you live), that the WIndows 10 support cycle will be unchanged.
So, we can do two things: Promote Linux in developing countries, as that is where the biggest source of e-waste is suspected to come from, or we collect many pc’s that can’t run Windows 11 that don’t have an owner anymore.
I would go for the first option, as we are already seeing the rise of Linux in countries like Nigeria, Kenya, India and Greece.
If you need a spare pc, then you can go with the second option.
Overall, Microsft’s decision with windows 10 is a very, very dangerous decision.
What will you do in 2025? Will you convince your family and friends to switch to linux? Or will you decide to rescue those pc’s on your own?
In first, please if you’re going to spread news, do it with sources. Taking the news from Microsoft’s learn website there is still 2 years before the Windows 10’s EOS.
And for us, there is nothing to do, we continue promoting Fedora Linux as the great distribution it is. It’s a great option for people coming from Windows, but we also have other competitors (in the marketing sense), but at the end, we are all linux.
In my personal case, I will do nothing extraordinary, I will continue as I am now.
Unpopular opinion: By requiring TPM 2.0 in Windows 11, Microsoft is doing the Linux community a solid favour as many people will now consider installing Linux on systems that cannot upgrade. They get to push good security posture in their OS while boosting Linux market share. Win win.
You can always inform your friends and family, that Microsoft, themselves, now provide instructions on how to install Linux
While you’re having this conversation, explain to them that old Windows is the only non-unix-like system left (Apple macOS, Apple iOS, Android, Chrome OS, and of course, Linux, are all unix or unix-like OS’s), and that it makes sense to make the switch, considering even Microsoft themselves have.
Lastly, you can inform them that Microsoft 365 (Office 365) now supports Linux (and Firefox too, by the way) and that they can even keep their Microsoft Edge browser, which also now has Linux edition.
Some linux user groups used to hold events to introduce linux and show participants how to create and use a Live Linux distro. I think COVID-19 put an end to such events, so we need new ways to get people to try Linux without installing it on their current Windows systems.
That sounds like nothing compared to number of systems still runnning all between Win ME to win and number of IoT devices world-wide, connected to internet, that won’t ever receive an update or security fix (most are even unable to do so)
While unfortunate for the users (as majority of steps Windows took in the past decade, in my opinion) I’d argue that most of the hardware will become unusable before (or shortly after) that time, if it continues to run Windows.
Sadly, today’s laptops and phones have expected life-span of just a few years.
Without abilities that Linux offers - selecting lightweight distro + DE that suits the hardware - the end users were doomed one way or another.
It would be impossible to decently run 15 laptops that are 5-15 years old with Windows. (half of the machines has: intel duo / intel pentium / intel core 2 CPUs) I do it easily with Fedora, and I even can afford to run heavy DE like Cinnamon, instead of lightweight ones, on most of them. Thanks to the core system being slim and fast on its own.
So the only difference is IMO that somebody is talking about this - at least for a moment. (while IoT devices being ignored, despite many people trying to spread awareness, on conferences etc.)
There are a very large percentage of industrial use HMI screens and industrial PC’s currently part of manufacturing and processes around the world that use Win ME. A number of the large OEM manufacturers of Industrial Controls use Win ME as the OS for some of their OI offerings.
Yes. I have a friend who works for a pharmaceutical company. They have an old PC that runs some mission critical application on an old computer on Windows 3.11. Basically if anyone reboots it, they’re immediately fired.