Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Feb 2010 23:57 UTC
Windows All good things come to an end, eventually, and operating systems are no different. Microsoft has reminded the public that support for several Windows versions will end over the coming months, which could likely have significant consequences if you or your company are still running these Windows versions.
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RE: R.I.P. Windows 2000 Professional
by telns on Sun 28th Feb 2010 16:26 UTC in reply to "R.I.P. Windows 2000 Professional"
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Windows 2000 was an amazing release. I used it daily on at least one of my computers from ~2000-2008.

Pro was good on its own, but more than that, the entire 2000 environment of 2000 Server + Pro + Active Directory.

I can't think of any other software company accomplishing such a large shift, to a radical new way of doing things (Active Directory, Kerberos auth, etc.) with very few flaws. Not zero flaws, but pretty close considering the sweeping scope and highly technical nature of the changes they made. It is truly amazing.

The 2000 Server's automatic replication topology generation system, the KCC, is one of the great feats of engineering of the last few years.

So, short version, 2000 is an historic release, all the better for being a great release to use.

Also it had a new driver model, a new disk model, offline storage, EFS. It goes on and on. I even think the 2000 Server and Pro Resource Kits are the best they've ever put out, all the more impressive because so much of that documentation had to be newly written from scratch for all the new systems.

Edited 2010-02-28 16:40 UTC

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nt_jerkface Member since:

You have to be kidding me. Windows 2000 was an amazing release? Need I remind you of all the holes that hackers found in Windows 2000?

2000 had a solid kernel and file system but its security was swiss cheese. Windows Server 2000 shipped with all ports unfiltered by default. IIS 5 had a ton of vulnerabilities, mostly buffer overflow exploits.

2003 and 2008 are great releases. Windows 2000 users were beta testers when it came to security. Some people here think I am anti-Linux but when Win2K came out I thought it was just plain nuts to run it as a web server.

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MadRat Member since:

XP suffered the same security holes. Oh, that's right, the same security holes were in the kernel all the way back to NT 3.5, but I guess that's a Win2k problem.

Truth is that Windows is filled with blemishes on its record. The sales pitch of every version was its security on top of its feature set. Anyone that has bought Windows should get those patches because it wasn't secure by default. In fact, it looks like Microsoft knew about quite a few of the problems and hid them from the public.

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