Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st May 2014 16:45 UTC
Internet Explorer

Despite XP's end of support, Microsoft is still going to release the fix for the recent Internet Explorer vulnerability for the ageing operating system.

Even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and is past the time we normally provide security updates, we've decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP (including embedded), today. We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP. The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly, overblown. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times and this is not to say we don’t take these reports seriously. We absolutely do.

If you're still on Windows XP, you deserve to be insecure. Get a modern operating system - Windows 7/8, OS X, Linux, anything. XP is outdated crap, and it's time to move on.

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XP Still Has a Place
by jburnett on Thu 1st May 2014 18:02 UTC
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I still use two XP machines from time to time. One in my garage and the other in my cousins shop. They run older CNC routers/laser cutters. They work exceptionally well for that purpose. I suppose we could use flash drives to move stuff onto the machines, but having them on the internal network makes life easier. And yes, we could find some open source workflow that is as good or, more likely, nearly as good; but why break something that works.

In general I agree with you that people should "move on," especially when it is just a $350 for a new laptop. However, some XP machines are working quite well as intended and would be very difficult to upgrade. Personally, I hope to get another 10-15 years before I have to retire that setup.

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