Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st May 2014 16:45 UTC
Internet Explorer

Despite XP's end of support, Microsoft is still going to release the fix for the recent Internet Explorer vulnerability for the ageing operating system.

Even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and is past the time we normally provide security updates, we've decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP (including embedded), today. We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP. The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly, overblown. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times and this is not to say we don’t take these reports seriously. We absolutely do.

If you're still on Windows XP, you deserve to be insecure. Get a modern operating system - Windows 7/8, OS X, Linux, anything. XP is outdated crap, and it's time to move on.

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ronaldst
Member since:
2005-06-29

Thom, that is nice of you to be buying people new computers. Where do we send the bill? ;)

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DeepThought Member since:
2010-07-17

I double this. There are a lot of computers around that aren't simply powerful enough to run Win7.
But then, I do not expect M$ to actively support XP but as with the IE bug: Such thing should be fixed. Or: MS should move the XP sources over to GIThub :-)

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zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

I double this. There are a lot of computers around that aren't simply powerful enough to run Win7.


Then they must be more than 10 years old. I knew I remembered some reviews of Windows 8 and I found some by Googling "Windows 8 on 10 year old computer".

Windows 8 runs fine and about the same as XP on a P4 with 1 GB RAM and a 20 GB hard drive.

Considering my luck with old hardware, I doubt that there are very many computers older than that still running. I do have a 1998 computer that will still run Linux. But I had to completely replace the cooling fans a couple of times and the hard drive.

My other old computers died pretty hard with failed power supplies and bad motherboard capacitors.

I really doubt there are a lot of 512 MB Pentium IIIs still running out there.

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Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

Thom, that is nice of you to be buying people new computers. Where do we send the bill? ;)


Exactly. My grandmother has an old XP machine, it's perfectly good for what she needs (web, email), so she certainly doesn't need a new one.

And significantly, I wouldn't want to upgrade her, given how many years it took me to get her happy using XP - she's not an expert user, and even Windows 7 would be too different for her, never mind the UI disaster that's Windows 8...

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r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Zorin OS Ultimate cost about $ 25.00 with physical media included and the option of mimicking Windows XP (and windows 7, Vista, Ubuntu Unity, Mac OS X or GNOME 2).

When it is only e-mail and surfing, this could be an option to get a cost-effective and supported OS without a big culture shock...

No, I'm not a Zorin employee, nor a Zorin user. I just think keeping ones family on unsupported and known to be vulnerable software is a terrible idea.

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ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

Exactly. My grandmother has an old XP machine, it's perfectly good for what she needs (web, email), so she certainly doesn't need a new one.

And significantly, I wouldn't want to upgrade her, given how many years it took me to get her happy using XP - she's not an expert user, and even Windows 7 would be too different for her, never mind the UI disaster that's Windows 8...


Exactly the same case here, took me a lot of effort and patience having my mother comfortable with Windows XP, she is happy with it and for her needs, it is more than enough.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

How is running XP any different to running any OS that is no longer supported? So PalmOS, BeOS, Classic MacOS (or any version of OS X prior to 10.6) - these too have the same issue.

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