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

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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I don't advocate voluntarily using out-of-date operating systems (except for shits and giggles), and I don't think Microsoft are under any moral obligation to support XP any longer than they have already.

But nonetheless there are legitimate reasons for people not switching over and there is a strong business case for Microsoft starting some kind of extra-extended-and-extra-expensive scheme. See how El Reg explains it here;

This is why these days I wouldn't build a business around any proprietary software that could be a key attack vector (like an operating system). If the source had been released then those people who need to keep XP could have got together and hashed something up that would tide them over.

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Kochise Member since:

Well, proprietary software is bug riden ? What about OpenSSL ? Ain't something "Open" in the name, yet... ? Stop this FUD about proprietary software like FOSS is a panacea...


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M.Onty Member since:

Stop this FUD about proprietary software like FOSS is a panacea...

Its not the panacea. Much FOSS is much worse and buggier than proprietary software. But even then you can fix it yourself in a tight spot.

Software requires maintenance just like vehicles. Would you buy a motorbike that could absolutely only be repaired by that company's mechanics, however good it was? Maybe. Perhaps the bike is really good and you don't think the company will ever stop supporting it or go bust. But, as an example, if these hypothetical locked down motorbikes had been de rigour in the first half of the century there would be practically no classic British bikes left on the road by now.

I think you're reacting to a generic mad-eyed FOSS evangelist of your own imagining rather than the actual circumstances I was describing.

P.S. (EDIT) I should have been clearer in my original post that I meant I wouldn't build a business that was intended to run indefinitely on key-attack-vector non-FOSS. Short or medium term business pursuits are unaffected by this problem of course. As are secondary machines like the one running our laser cutter, which I expect will run Windows XP offline until the end of time.

Edited 2014-04-09 14:30 UTC

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