Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Mar 2014 22:58 UTC

Some financial services companies are looking to migrate their ATM fleets from Windows to Linux in a bid to have better control over hardware and software upgrade cycles.

Pushing them in that direction apparently is Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP on April 8, said David Tente, executive director, USA, of the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA).

"There is some heartburn in the industry" over Microsoft's end-of-support decision, Tente said.

Say what you want about Microsoft, but when it comes to clear and well-communicated support cycles, they belong at the very top. This is the ATMIA's own fault for not properly getting ready for the future even though XP's EOL has been known years and years in advance, and has even been extended a few times.

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It basic comes down to two things
by someone on Sun 23rd Mar 2014 23:29 UTC
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1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it
2. MS doesn't have any current offerings that fit the ATM market

Edited 2014-03-23 23:30 UTC

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bhtooefr Member since:

Actually, Microsoft DOES have an answer for ATM operators that need to stay on XP, even - Windows Embedded POSReady 2009.

And it's supported for several more years, it hits end of support 2019-04-09.

(Not that clinging to XP like your life depends on it is a healthy behavior, but if a bank is in panic mode and can't migrate to Linux yet, they'll get a few more years with that...)

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RobG Member since:

I have to wonder which idiot thought it would be a good idea to put a desktop O/S in an ATM, which is such an obvious candidate for the category "embedded".

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orsg Member since:

One cannot expect to keep sitting on one version of a software indefinately, especially if you are security sensitive. Fixing known vulnerabilites is one thing, incorporating modern techniques to mitigate certain kinds of problems or making it hard for an attacker to actually exploit a problem is another. In the case of XP, the whole security concept is just not up for 2014 and the future.

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