Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 22:49 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Still holding on to Windows 2000, XP RTM or XP SP1? No more Firefox for you, my friend - Mozilla has just upped its minimum supported Windows version to Windows XP SP2. In addition, support for Firefox 3.6 will end April 24. Asa Dotzler presents Opera as an alternative for you crazy people still on Windows 2000, XP RTM or XP SP1.
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RE[2]: Firefox 10 ESR
by Fennec_Fox on Sat 24th Mar 2012 00:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Firefox 10 ESR"
Fennec_Fox
Member since:
2006-10-30

OK, so I guess I have less than 50% of a proverbial "clue" - I am running XP on 3 (three) computers out of 6. XP SP3 mind you, but XP nevertheless.

And in all seriousness I do not understand why is it NOT OK to run a legacy OS on perfectly functional legacy hardware? Why do I have to "upgrade" a 5 - 6 year old box to the newest OS just because it's what everybody does? If OS security is up to date, which it still is, and OS features are adequate for my needs, why do I have to spend more money, pray tell?

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RE[3]: Firefox 10 ESR
by Lennie on Sat 24th Mar 2012 00:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Firefox 10 ESR"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

That is the whole point, you can't get any security updates anymore for the old Windows 2000, XP without SP3.

And this has been true for a while now (2000 and XP SP2 ended in 2010, Vista SP1 in 2011).

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RE[4]: Firefox 10 ESR
by izomiac on Sat 24th Mar 2012 05:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Firefox 10 ESR"
izomiac Member since:
2006-07-26

Putting Win2K/XP on the open internet would be foolish, but appropriately firewalled the lack of OS security updates is essentially a moot point. Furthermore, you can really trim down 2000 & XP, down to ~6 processes and no inbound open ports in the case of the former, which reduces the attack profile to virtually nothing. Except for the now out-of-date web browser, of course.

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RE[4]: Firefox 10 ESR
by freebsd on Sat 24th Mar 2012 11:21 in reply to "RE[3]: Firefox 10 ESR"
freebsd Member since:
2010-08-26

If you use your machine just for surfing web/video chatting and all those daily chores, access your bank, order some thing from ebay or pizza hut.......nothing wrong...Win2k and XP by that time will have very low user base that attackers will care worth attacking for...run it with a restricted user and you are good to go...use old browsers (FF and chrome) till the versions they keep releasing I mean

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RE[3]: Firefox 10 ESR
by Kivada on Sat 24th Mar 2012 02:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Firefox 10 ESR"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Security updates mostly, if you have to stick with Windows you should at least look into ReactOS for those old boxes if not switching to Linux+Wine.

You couldn't trust XP when it was current, to trust it now is insanity.

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RE[4]: Firefox 10 ESR
by tanishaj on Sat 24th Mar 2012 05:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Firefox 10 ESR"
tanishaj Member since:
2010-12-22

Security updates mostly, if you have to stick with Windows you should at least look into ReactOS for those old boxes if not switching to Linux+Wine.

You couldn't trust XP when it was current, to trust it now is insanity.


I love ReactOS but telling people to use it as their primary OS is just silly. It barely works. Both Win2K and WinXP would be a better choice.

I cannot wait to start recommending ReactOS but that day has not yet come.

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RE[3]: Firefox 10 ESR
by acobar on Sat 24th Mar 2012 02:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Firefox 10 ESR"
acobar Member since:
2005-11-15

Almost same here, 2 notebooks and 4 "desktops". 2 Desktops with XPSP3 + openSUSE. They boot really fast. One notebook with vista (came with it), the other has Win7 + openSUSE. The other 2 are used as servers. All Win* machines are "locked" and the account used for common tasks does not have adm privileges.

I know it depends on the user, but I never got a virus on any them. Actually, the funny thing is that I use the 2 XPSP3 to clean from virus HDs from machines that use WIn7, mostly.

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