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 Tractor on Wed 9th Apr 2014 09:17 UTC
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I agree with xminusone : really just ranting "freely" about Windows XP is a bad judgment. XP was a great OS for its time. That's, btw, the reason why it's still there today ! It will probably be still there *after* Windows Vista totally disappear, and even after most Linux Desktop currently installed. It's also the reason why, for a long time, Linux Desktop and any alternative desktop OS merely tried to "copy" it. It was the benchmark reference, for all others.

It has finally been overrun by Windows Seven, OS X, chromebook, and modern Linux Distros. So yes, it's time to let it go.

But we could at least give it its due credit.

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