Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Mar 2014 22:58 UTC
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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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Coin counting machines run XP too...
by rklrkl on Mon 24th Mar 2014 10:16 UTC
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My local HSBC bank branch has an ancient coin paying-in machine (very handy when you want to cash in bowls or jars of coins because there's no commission and it goes into your bank account the same day). Bizarrely, it's so old, it didn't have a debit card reader, so you had to type your bank account number and sorting code into it (stars replacing the numbers, so you could be paying it into someone else's account if you made a typo!).

It crashed on me almost like it had a virus - screen had red vertical stripes on it and eventually became unreadable. When the bank rebooted it for me, it came up the Windows XP boot screen, which actually shocked me! So paying in machines run XP as well as ATMs...

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