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.
Thread beginning with comment 292429
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: osx - how's seven years sound?
by jabbotts on Thu 20th Dec 2007 14:16 UTC in reply to "osx"
jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

Red Hat = 7 years
Debian LTS = 7 years

(as someone else mentioned):

Solaris = 5 years
CentOS = 5 years

Sure there are distributions that turn a new version and cut off support on old ones every six months but I wouldn't recommend one of those for a business.

Reply Parent Score: 2

BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

"Debian LTS = 7 years "

Never heard of that distro before, or that release

Edited 2007-12-20 16:02

Reply Parent Score: 2

gsmd Member since:
2007-02-02

Cmon! That's just Ubuntu LTS.

Reply Parent Score: 2

jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Debian Long Term Support.. from what I can tell, they do an unstable, a stable and an LTS which is the stable with backports of newer versions expected for seven years or so.

I could be wrong on that one as I'm quite happy with my current distro so I've not looked into all the details of debian.

Reply Parent Score: 1

dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Solaris = 5 years

Nope, Sun promises to make each version of Solaris available for at least 5 years. Bug and security fixes continues for 5 years after they stop selling it. So that's a total of at least 10 years.

Reply Parent Score: 2