Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Apr 2008 22:40 UTC
Windows Microsoft will shutter its Windows XP line June 30, as planned, ceasing sales of Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home to retailers and direct OEMs, Microsoft confirmed to eWEEK April 3. The statement from Redmond executives ends weeks of speculation that Microsoft would extend the life of the operating system as users turn up their nose at Vista, the operating system meant to supplant XP, and OEMs argue lighter versions of desktops and notebooks don't have the juice to run Vista.
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RE[2]: Buy Vista or die!
by transputer_guy on Fri 4th Apr 2008 01:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Buy Vista or die!"
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I still use W2K Prof for a couple of reasons, mostly no activation and that gives me a lot of freedom to change or upgrade the hardware at will with no asking anybodies permission (ever). W2K also comes from a time when Microsoft actually respected those of us users that had been using NT3.1 and on up while the unwashed masses still used Win3.1 and later Win95. An at that time most of the Linux installs were pretty unfriendly too.

Once everyone got moved to the NT5 kernel (WinXP) with all the benefits that should have give us it also meant that those of us early leaders were now an insignificant base compared to the eventual massive XP base of plain old users.

I now really regret that MS moved to a common code base, if they had kept on developing Windows Prof for high end users separate from the garbage fed to the masses, we likely would still have no activation and fewer web threats as W2K users would be an insignificant target. MS might actually pay more attention to power users as not all having the same requirements as everyone else. Now we are all in the same cess pool when it comes to net attacks and presumed feature desires. Of course that sounds pretty elitist and it is, no apologies, I expect vastly more from an OS than the vast majority of users and MS can not possibly do that for me, all the effort spent on eye candy is not what I ever want to pay for.

The sad thing about W2K is that it is now terribly dated esp the UI look, way too similar to Win95. A lot of my installs never really fully work and I get piss poor performance from some of the hardware from USB2, FW and many video cards. I have tried the XP trials and while they work much better, the install is still terribly dated and the activation stops me dead, (no cracks for me).

Now if the Ubuntu and PCLinux real simple installers were to be used to instal XP (without activation), I'd be so much happier, but that just isn't gonna happen. So from my point MS went cold once XP came out.

Still I must get around to trying out the few must have Win apps under Wine probably on OSX when time permits.

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