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[3]: Good Microsoft Support
by kragil on Thu 20th Dec 2007 12:18 UTC 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[4]: Good Microsoft Support
by signals on Thu 20th Dec 2007 12:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Good Microsoft Support"
signals Member since:
2005-07-08

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

According to Sun:

"Each Solaris release ships for 5 years and is supported at full support for additional 2 years followed by 3 years at limited support."

I don't know if Solaris counts as a "distro" in your mind, but it is supported for more than 5 years.

I'm sure the other enterprise-level OS players, such as IBM, have similar support.

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RE[4]: Good Microsoft Support
by evad on Thu 20th Dec 2007 13:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Good Microsoft Support"
evad Member since:
2005-09-10

Yes, Red Hat support RHEL for seven years.

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RE[4]: Good Microsoft Support
by spotter on Thu 20th Dec 2007 14:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Good Microsoft Support"
spotter Member since:
2005-07-06

Most computers need some sort of reinstall within 5 years anyways

Not in any enterprise of good size. We just spent the last 18 months forcing people to get off of Windows NT and Solaris 2.6, both of which are well over 10 year old OSes. I think we had over 5000 NT servers and over 2000 Solaris 2.6.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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

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Yes: CentOS. It is supported for 7 years.

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