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[2]: Comment by gan17
by Alfman on Wed 9th Apr 2014 03:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by gan17"
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I am really interested to see what happens at end of license with the XP product activation.

This is an excellent point. All of today's (and yestorday's) DRM is not only a nuisance today, but it's going to become a major problem for future computing enthusiasts wanting to go back and try out old software. You can whip out your old atari, commador, or apple, and to the extent that the hardware still works the software will too. That's no longer going to be the case for lots of software and operating systems from our generation due to dead activation schemes.

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