Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Mar 2014 22:58 UTC
Linux

Some financial services companies are looking to migrate their ATM fleets from Windows to Linux in a bid to have better control over hardware and software upgrade cycles.

Pushing them in that direction apparently is Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP on April 8, said David Tente, executive director, USA, of the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA).

"There is some heartburn in the industry" over Microsoft's end-of-support decision, Tente said.

Say what you want about Microsoft, but when it comes to clear and well-communicated support cycles, they belong at the very top. This is the ATMIA's own fault for not properly getting ready for the future even though XP's EOL has been known years and years in advance, and has even been extended a few times.

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Comment by moltonel
by moltonel on Sun 23rd Mar 2014 23:56 UTC
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It's hard to rejoice about a company that was happy running user-facing financial services on a decade-old desktop OS. It's the right decision for the wrong reason. They may not get an explicit EOL call from their Linux vendor after 10 years, but that doesn't mean they don't have to keep up with the release train.

If they chose Linux because they want better control, like writing their own device drivers, or maintaining their own very-long-term-support distro, then brilliant. But if they want an OS that'll never need an update, they'll only find disappointment.

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