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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by ilovebeer on Wed 9th Apr 2014 02:16 UTC
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XP was solid for me at home and at work. I could count on two hands how many times it crashed over the entire lifetime that I used it. I couldn't help but to laugh a little when half of the shiny new G5's we ordered during that time couldn't even make it through their first boot without crashing. To be fair, the half that didn't crash randomly were pretty solid. Easily as solid as the XP rigs.

Neither my own experiences, nor those who have had just about the opposite are surprising. No hardware or software is exempt from being YMMV.

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