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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It wasn't so bad...
by daedalus on Tue 8th Apr 2014 21:48 UTC
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Yes, it had problems, but once they were sorted out, XP was pretty decent. From SP2 onwards it's nice and stable, well supported and places relatively low demands on modern hardware. I have it on one of my machines for those occasions where I have to use Windows. It does everything I need and does it with ease and without much fuss, and so I will continue to use it until that's no longer the case.

And since I don't have that much of an interest in Windows (it's just a necessary tool for me), I'm not going to be spending any more money on it than I have to - certainly not when the only difference for me will be eye candy... But that's just me!

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