Originally Posted by quakermaas
It wont cost and arm and a leg to make a few 1000 disks available early next year
Microsoft drops support for XP early next year.
"prevent electronic waste’ from discarded computers that, whilst still serviceable with an alternative OS, would fail to meet the requirements of Windows 7 or Windows 8."They are very big on recycling and waste here, that's the idea behind this.
I'm almost sure you will pay to dump an old computer here(old TVs,Video's, electronic/electrical stuff), this will give people an option.
Now bare with me a little here.
If they really gave that much of a crap about recycling and efficiency in energy (read green energy) They would run a recycling drive and recycle those inefficient power hungry monsters and give a voucher for a cheaper newer computer that ran much more power efficiently. Running linux on these computers does nothing good for the environment especially considering the energy that is spent keeping those computers alive rather than updating them to newer more efficient computers.
I don't quite understand the logic in the statement you made. There are precious metals in these computers (and more of them than the new ones) so the silver, gold, and palladium could be used to manufacture new computers. It's actually MORE efficient to recycle the old and build new than it is to keep the old running with an archaic OS. (XP or Linux)