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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Interesting, because my R5 retail disc installs on that Duron system today and I didn't patch anything; it's how I've got BeOS on it in the first place. My R5 disc came as a bundle with GoBe Productive.

I do remember having to patch for later generation Athlon XP machines, long after Be Inc. was gone. But I've never had to patch for this Duron machine.

Edit: Just found this, from, and it confirms what I said:

BeOS for Intel Architecture is compatible with all truly Pentium-compatible processor(s), including the following:

Intel Celeron
Intel Pentium (133MHz or higher recommended)
Intel Pentium MMX
Intel Pentium Pro
Intel Pentium II
Intel Pentium II Xeon
Intel Pentium III
Intel Pentium III Xeon
AMD Athlon
AMD K6, K6-2, K6-III
Cyrix 686MX, 686GXm (but not the M1)
IDT WinChip C6, WinChip 2
Rise mP6

BeOS should run on any truly Pentium-compatible processor, whether it's on this list or not. As long as it is an Intel Pentium or true clone, it should work.

Edited 2014-04-09 10:45 UTC

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