1. Windows XP is dead
Windows XP is dead. Some people may not be aware of this fact but I'm telling you now "That parrot is dead".
Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8th 2014 but what does end of support mean? Does it mean it doesn't work anymore?
Actually, Windows XP will continue to work perfectly well for quite some time but the trouble is that any remaining security holes will remain unplugged and that leaves a huge opportunity for the cyber criminals to exploit any individual or organisation that remains on that platform.
Security companies haven't given up on Windows XP and so antivirus and firewall software will continue to work for a little while yet.
Sooner rather than later though you will find yourself isolated if you remain on Windows XP. It is a bit like continuing to stick with VHS videos when most of the world has moved on to DVDs and even they aren't the new thing anymore.
I would say that if you use Windows XP you are now a second class citizen but I don't even think that is true. You have ceased to be a citizen in Microsoft's eyes.
If you switch to Linux then you will be a first class citizen. Lubuntu continues to be developed and the look and feel is very much like that of Windows XP.
2. You have older hardware
3. You have a netbook running Windows XP
Acer Aspire One D255 10.1 inch Netbook (Intel Atom Dual-Core N550 Processor, 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Wifi, Webcam, 8hrs battery life, Windows 7 Starter&Android) - Ruby Red
The Acer Aspire One D255 is still for sale and where the Samsung was a useless lump of plastic, the Acer Aspire One is a brilliant little Netbook.
I have tried a number of different Linux distributions on this netbook but a customised Lubuntu desktop is definitely the way to go.
A taskbar along the bottom, quick launch icons next to the menu and a system tray in the bottom right.
There are no icons on the desktop but you can add them.
The menu looks very familiar as well.
The learning curve for Lubuntu is not that steep. Yes there are differences and most of them for the better once you get used to them.
An example of this is the way you install software. Windows users have to download and run an executable from a website that they have to decide whether to trust or not. With Lubuntu you download from a software repository and each application is vetted before being added to the repositories.
A fear for many Windows users moving to Linux is that you will have to use the command line. You can use it if you want to but most modern distributions such as Lubuntu don't make it a necessity. Most things can now be achieved using a graphical tool.
Hardware support for Lubuntu is as good as Windows and actually if you are using Windows XP then the Lubuntu hardware support is likely to be better. Your laptop or desktop computer may be into double figures in terms of age but I bet you can't say the same for your printer. Finding printers that will work with Windows XP is going to get harder and harder.