Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Dec 2007 10:17 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Windows Microsoft has posted the release candidate of Windows XP Service Pack 3 to its download site. The move marks the first opportunity for all users of the six-year-old operating system to try out its final upgrade. Previously, several thousand users were given access to test builds of SP3 only by Microsoft's invitation. Update: I just installed the RC on my Windows XP MCE installation, and it all went fairly painless. I haven't noticed anything radically different either yet.
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RE: Good Microsoft Support
by netpython on Thu 20th Dec 2007 11:37 UTC in reply to "Good Microsoft Support"
netpython
Member since:
2005-07-06

" Microsoft can achive to give support for more than six years to a product, and that's a lot of time indeed."

You turn a necessity in to a feature. Oh well, I rather have a new release every two years then six years of support for old code.

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shaniadollinger Member since:
2007-07-04

New releases are more traumatic that upgrades. I'm okay with a company releasing new versions, but I appreciate them too for upgrading old ones. After all, if an old software is working, security fixes are enough for me. I have no need to install a new version, besides, the old hardware might cease working.

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RE[3]: Good Microsoft Support
by kragil on Thu 20th Dec 2007 12:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Good Microsoft Support"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Just do it like this:
If you want a long supported OS use CentOS. 5 years is a long time in IT. Most computers need some sort of reinstall within 5 years anyways. Those would be the times to update to a newer CentOS release.

I dont think there is anything traumatic about doing it this way ;)


BTW: Are there distros with longer support than 5 years?

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RE[2]: Good Microsoft Support
by polaris20 on Thu 20th Dec 2007 16:03 in reply to "RE: Good Microsoft Support"
polaris20 Member since:
2005-07-06

New software != Better in all cases. Vista being the glaring example. I'd rather have a patched XP Pro that's nice and fast than Vista.

Linux example would be SuSe 10.2. 10.2 is inferior to 10.1, and it was until 10.3 that new releases of SuSe became usable again (in my opinion).

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RE[2]: Good Microsoft Support
by MollyC on Thu 20th Dec 2007 16:33 in reply to "RE: Good Microsoft Support"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

"You turn a necessity in to a feature. Oh well, I rather have a new release every two years then six years of support for old code."

How about both? Apple releases a new OS upgrade every 2 years or so, but also has a policy of only supporting the most recent two upgrades at any given time. I don't like it that my OSX Panther installation was officially EOL'ed with the release of OSX Leopard, making that just 4 years of support. So I get no more security updates or bug fixes unless I pay to upgrade. Well, that's better than Apple's support of Jaguar, which was only 2.5 years. Meanwhile, Microsoft will be supporting XP thru 2014. That's 13 years of support.

Edited 2007-12-20 16:36

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jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

"Oh well, I rather have a new release every two years then six years of support for old code."

You might, but that's a nightmare for businesses from both a financial perspective and a support standpoint.

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