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dragster1981

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Basically this could be my last question about installing another browser in windows xp and comes from the suggestion in a reply from tech support guy about installing a Linux based OS.
Is windows xp so bad now that no browser is worth the time for installation with the amount of resulting limitations? (I am trying to use my time wisely)
I appreciate any information if there is hope, but I can expect no answers if there is none.
 

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Most common browsers do not support Windows XP. There is one browser that is supporting XP still, but you still run of the risk of no security updates.

Linux OS would replace your XP version (unless you run it as a dual boot), so make sure you back up your important data first. If you want to try Linux first without installing over XP, then create a Live CD or Live USB so you can run Linux without harm.
 

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Business models favor profits.
There simply aren't enough XP users for many security software companies to get involved from a financial pov.

Offline, nothing wrong with using XP if it meets your needs.
But, things change and many of the latest and greatest apps ( 64 bit ) simply won't run on an old 32bit XP. So if you need one of those 64 bit apps, XP isn't for you any more.

Online, the newest/latest operating systems will naturally have more development and better security built in and attract a greater number of 3rd party app suppliers.


If you intend to only use Linux, you will need to make sure there are equivalent apps to do the same work/activities as you are in Windows. There is good coverage.

I use Linux for Internet connectivity.
Offline, I use Win 10 Pro for financial data storage and family stuff.
 

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MyPal browser works on XP and is patched. https://www.mypal-browser.org/

In the meantime if you have an 8GB or larger USB stick and your computer is able to boot from USB, then you can try linux without altering your XP setup.
 

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Mm-hm. I'd recommend the same; try a Live CD/DVD/USB run, and see what you think. In fact, because all Linux distros - with the exception of a very few which are specifically geared toward enterprise users - are free to d/l, install & run, why not try a few? That way, it gives you a bigger choice.

Linux isn't for everyone. But because fewer & fewer software authors/ suppliers are supporting XP nowadays, you're in a bit of a cleft stick.....damned if you do, and damned if you don't. You're going to HAVE to do something. And sooner would be better than later.

If you decide you want to take the plunge, and replace your much-loved & well-known XP with one of these strange Linux distros :LOL: , we can talk you through it; it's not hard.....in fact, it's considerably quicker & simpler than installing Windoze, TBH.

Let us know. There's always someone around who can help.


Mike. ;)
 

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Today I installed mypal-28.14.2 on my laptop with windows xp since I was given the link for downloading it, and it seems mypal is working.Thank you very much for the very helpful replies I received in TECH GUY.
Now I have the question if a Linux distro is also easy to install and if it can be considered to be better than mypal. I appreciate any information on the difference between these operating systems.
 

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The comparison would be between operating systems.
MyPal isn't an operating system.
It's a browser. It installs into an operating system.

A Live Linux distro is relatively easy to set up.
But it's not Windows and there is a different learning curve to it.
Different, but not hard and after a while, it starts to seem the only reasonable way to operate a computer.........in my opinion of course :D
 

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Today I installed mypal-28.14.2 on my laptop with windows xp since I was given the link for downloading it, and it seems mypal is working.Thank you very much for the very helpful replies I received in TECH GUY.
Now I have the question if a Linux distro is also easy to install and if it can be considered to be better than mypal. I appreciate any information on the difference between these operating systems.
28.16.0 is the most current version of the MyPal browser.
https://github.com/Feodor2/Mypal/releases

It works fine in Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista SP2.
I have no problem loading and viewing my regularly visited websites with it.

(y)

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There is a learning curve to Linux because it is not like the Windows you are used to using.
That's why I always suggest someone tries it live on a USB stick. That way, you can "lear" it and still keep Windows around when you get tired or frustrated because you don't know what program to use to do what you are used to doing.
Browsing is easy but learning other programs might not be. If you want to print, setting up a printer to work can be challenging too.
 
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Basically this could be my last question about installing another browser in windows xp and comes from the suggestion in a reply from tech support guy about installing a Linux based OS.
Is windows xp so bad now that no browser is worth the time for installation with the amount of resulting limitations? (I am trying to use my time wisely)
I appreciate any information if there is hope, but I can expect no answers if there is none.
It's bad. My XP Pro is down to two browsers now (Mypal and Centaury), after ditching the near useless Firefox 52.9.0. All Chrome/Chromium derivative browsers are quite useless, thanks to the CA nazis embedded (and outdated) security certificates store. Other than this this, XP works fine. Been using it for over three years with zero malware, not counting 3 or 4 PUPs. Unfortunately, I use it almost entirely to explore the net, watch TV shows/movies, and do email....all of which require good browsers, while Mypal and Centaury are only barely adequate.

For this reason, I decided to buy a newer and more powerful rig using Win 7 Pro, which I hope to have online by early January. As it has a spare 5.25 bay, I have had installed a mobile rack that accommodates both a HDD and A SSD. MX Linux will be installed on the SSD, and the HDD will be used for occasional bare-metal/clone backups of the Win 7. This eliminates the need for a dual-boot scenario (I've never liked that idea). As others have touched upon, Linux LiveCDs can be had from eBay, and will run in a DVD-ROM or burner, without actual install, and allow you to 'test drive' the distro. Doing this regularly over the last year is how I became familiar enough with MX Linux, to decide to install it.

If you decide to stick with XP, below are the only other browsers that kinda/sorta work:

https://github.com/Feodor2/Centaury/releases

http://retrosystemsrevival.blogspot.com/2019/08/basilisk-xp.html

Basilisk is the better choice, but you have to be able to deal with 7Zip, which is outside my skillset.
 

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I have moved this thread to the XP forum since it is mostly about XP OS rather than Linux.
 

Cookiegal

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This thread was originally in the Linux forum and was moved to the Windows XP forum because it was regarding finding a browser that works in XP and whether XP is that bad, etc. as stated in the original post. Suggestions about Linux have now been made and we don't want to bounce the thread around multiple times so if you do want to explore Linux and have questions about it kindly start a new thread in the Linux forum.

This one will remain open but only for discussions regarding the XP installation. Thanks for understanding. :)
 

dragster1981

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Thank you very much for your useful information.
I installed the centaury-0.14.0 browser and i am a little happy that something works..
About installing the MX linux OS on my compaq presario r3000 32-bit laptop with windows xp home edition I have two questions: Is there a free download of this OS? and if not, How much does it cost?
 

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Did you not read my post above?
 
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