Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Apr 2014 15:38 UTC
Windows

It's finally here. After 12 years, 6 months, and 12 days on the market, Windows XP has hit its end of life. It will receive its last ever set of patches on Windows Update today, and for the most part, that will be that. Any flaws discovered from now on - and it's inevitable that some will be discovered - will never be publicly patched.

How bad is this going to be? It's probably going to be pretty bad. By some measures, about 28 percent of the Web-using public is still using Windows XP, and these systems are going to be ripe for exploitation.

I never liked Windows XP (I used BeOS during XP's early days, and Mac OS X and Linux during XP's later days), so I'm glad to see it go. This terrible operating system should have died out years ago.

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Comment by gan17
by gan17 on Tue 8th Apr 2014 17:06 UTC
gan17
Member since:
2008-06-03

Didn't the Dutch and British recently pay MS to keep XP supported under some special program or something? I reckon many other governments might be doing the same.

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RE: Comment by gan17
by BlueofRainbow on Tue 8th Apr 2014 17:14 in reply to "Comment by gan17"
BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

As with any good stuff not generally available, leaks of the most critical ones will likely make their way through the underground distribution channels.

However, it might be wiser to stay away from such future leaks as it will never be certain that they would not have been tempered with.

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RE: Comment by gan17
by judgen on Tue 8th Apr 2014 17:22 in reply to "Comment by gan17"
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

Yes, the support is for the "Server 2003" clients so basicly they have to do security support for XP (2003 without the server part is just xp after all) until "July 14, 2015" All calm down, you got another year =D

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RE[2]: Comment by gan17
by zima on Sat 12th Apr 2014 22:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by gan17"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

(2003 without the server part is just xp after all)

Not quite, XP is NT 5.1, 2003 is NT 5.2

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RE: Comment by gan17
by oiaohm on Tue 8th Apr 2014 23:47 in reply to "Comment by gan17"
oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

Didn't the Dutch and British recently pay MS to keep XP supported under some special program or something? I reckon many other governments might be doing the same.

Not special. We just crossed end life. There is a final stage called end of license that is December 31, 2016-January 30, 2017 for XP.

https://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/product-lifecycles.a...

After End of license you cannot license the OS for embedded usage and support. So about 20 months left until complete death. So the true XP death clock starts now. The Dutch and the British as far as I know have paid out for the last 20 months in some sections.

NT 4.0 goes end of license this year.

I am really interested to see what happens at end of license with the XP product activation.

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RE[2]: Comment by gan17
by Alfman on Wed 9th Apr 2014 03:00 in reply to "RE: Comment by gan17"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

oiaohm,

I am really interested to see what happens at end of license with the XP product activation.


This is an excellent point. All of today's (and yestorday's) DRM is not only a nuisance today, but it's going to become a major problem for future computing enthusiasts wanting to go back and try out old software. You can whip out your old atari, commador, or apple, and to the extent that the hardware still works the software will too. That's no longer going to be the case for lots of software and operating systems from our generation due to dead activation schemes.

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