Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Apr 2014 15:38 UTC

It's finally here. After 12 years, 6 months, and 12 days on the market, Windows XP has hit its end of life. It will receive its last ever set of patches on Windows Update today, and for the most part, that will be that. Any flaws discovered from now on - and it's inevitable that some will be discovered - will never be publicly patched.

How bad is this going to be? It's probably going to be pretty bad. By some measures, about 28 percent of the Web-using public is still using Windows XP, and these systems are going to be ripe for exploitation.

I never liked Windows XP (I used BeOS during XP's early days, and Mac OS X and Linux during XP's later days), so I'm glad to see it go. This terrible operating system should have died out years ago.

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RE: Liked it or not
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 8th Apr 2014 19:13 UTC in reply to "Liked it or not"
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XP finally brought consumers on the NT kernel. It was a huge leap forward for most people migrating from win 98/95. I was kind of hoping it would suck along the lines of Windows ME to provide BeOs/Linux air to breath and grow. But on release it was undeniably the best operating system Microsoft had ever created. Then a year or two later when the exploits started, my opinion changed 180 degrees, until SP2 which finally came with a firewall.

It was good. Its time is over. It should be put to pasture. Win 7 is a noble heir. And win 8 should be okay by the end of the year.

Edited 2014-04-08 19:13 UTC

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