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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If it isn't broke dont' fix it...
by Cellar Dweller on Thu 20th Dec 2007 17:23 UTC
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Why not just perfect an OS or software for that matter, with patches and updates and stick with it. A good OS should last 10 or more years regardless of code, heck even an eternity if done properly. There should be no SP's as they are today but a single smaller update that you get 4 times a year - so this way there would be no more patch Tuesday and 100+ downloads for a fresh install, maybe 10 max between updates. You can always install updates or extras with executables.

Everyone always wants new eye candy, toys etc.additions. I'm tired of seeing Office come out every 2-3 years, it's still Office. Stupid to have an OS come out every 5 years - it's still Windows - same holds true for Linux.

Sure as I said they can create add-ons or patches for the things they normally add with a complete overhaul. They could have simply taken XP and given it the Vista look etc. without changing much. Linux constantly updates its kernel - Windows could do the same.

As another example just to show what a joke things are in the state of software - (Slysoft puts out a new version of it's AnyDVD practically every day). Then you have software companies that put out it's program every year only to be able to charge you again for a newer version.

Apple at least does one thing right by bringing out an update to it's OS and charges a smaller fee with like 5 licenses or something, which almost equates to a new OS, whereas MS goes for the throat and gives you one license for that old arm and leg.

On another note I'd rather see the New Windows be a blank screen / no apps / no bloat (MinWin) as they say if they hold true to it and then everything else can be added FOR FREE as separate downloads. Who uses IE, who uses Media Player. Third parties obviously do these much better. I'd rather have a auto downloader or updater similar to Fedora Core or probably all Linux distros have? (I've only seen or used Fedora)and you simply check the boxes for what you want and before you know it system patched or updated with the latest and greatest ale cart... Personally I wouldn't care if Windows was just a Command prompt as long as it plays games to it's fullest, and you can call on any executable to bring up what you need without any overhead - who needs shortcuts or a background or cute little icons in the taskbar? Resources??? Where's my floppy so I can edit my Autoexec.bat and Config.sys all over again...LOL

Edited 2007-12-20 17:29

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