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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Horrible XP
by 3rdalbum on Wed 9th Apr 2014 10:15 UTC
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I bought a Windows PC in 2006, my first taste of XP.

It looked and felt horribly dated, even then. Stability was a problem. Got viruses by the bucketload after I gave the machine to my father. And it didn't seem much better than Windows 98 which I had previously used. (It was better, but not a giant leap).

For contrast, I thought Vista was pretty good. I was surprised that people disliked it, and I think the "Vista sucks" meme came from a combination of "They moved everything!" and "My old programs keep asking for permission to run" and the simple fact that Vista was a bit sluggish on early Vista-era laptops. Run it on a desktop computer, though, and it would fly.

XP on a desktop was slow. Vista on a desktop was a massive speed boost. I'm not just trolling either.

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