Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 31st May 2014 20:29 UTC
Windows

Microsoft has stopped providing XP users with security updates, forcing them to either upgrade to another, newer operating system, or gamble with their safety. While the latest usage figures show that a large portion of users are moving away from XP, there's still a sizable number of users who aren't - or can't.

If you're an XP user, or know some XP users, there's a trick which makes it possible to receive security updates for the aging OS for another five years - right up until April 2019.

I have a better solution. No registry hacks required!

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Even better solution...
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 31st May 2014 20:33 UTC
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

And no large wads of $$$ required: http://distrowatch.com/

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RE: Even better solution...
by said1 on Sat 31st May 2014 20:49 in reply to "Even better solution..."
said1 Member since:
2011-08-31

In particular, if you are on low specs: http://puppylinux.org/

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RE[2]: Even better solution...
by panzi on Sat 31st May 2014 20:53 in reply to "RE: Even better solution..."
panzi Member since:
2006-01-22

And if you're not: http://spins.fedoraproject.org/kde/#downloads

Add rpmfusion to your repo list and you can even do "yum install akmod-nvidia" and "yum install steam".

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RE: Even better solution...
by bassbeast on Sun 1st Jun 2014 08:16 in reply to "Even better solution..."
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

If you consider that a "solution" that is equal to Windows you must consider it completely reasonable to forge your own silverware from scraps because that is the difference, one is an actual OS and the other is a bunch of small little tools made by people that don't even talk to each other!

Windows get 10 years of updates WITHOUT dealing with the mess than is Linux "upgrades", if you believe Linux upgrades actually work please take the Hairyfeet challenge and post it to YouTube, its stood nearly 7 years without a single "user friendly" distro passing. I can take a box from 2002, install XP RTM and update it aaaallll the way to XP EOL and there will be ZERO driver failures.

I would like to see someone attempt this with a "user friendly" distro...take Ubuntu from 2006 and upgrade it to current. BTW I'm not joking, please do because I have and its funny how badly it trashes itself! Wireless won't work, sound? that is right out, and if your video chip is anything but CERTAIN Intel chips (not all, because some Intel chips are PowerVR, how does Joe User know which is which? Its a surprise, like stepping on a landmine, what fun!) you'll be staring at a black screen o' death.


Linux is for programmers and those that LIKE spending days tinkering with their OS, if that is you? Then I'm happy for you, just as I'm happy that some people like making their own knives and forks, but that makes you around 2% of the population at most, for everybody else? Telling them to replace XP with Linux is like telling them to replace their own car with this pile of parts in a box, most won't have the skills, the time, nor the inclination to deal with that mess and will happily pay for something that works OOTB and keeps on working down the road!

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RE[2]: Even better solution...
by Vanders on Sun 1st Jun 2014 09:57 in reply to "RE: Even better solution..."
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Windows get 10 years of updates WITHOUT dealing with the mess than is Linux "upgrades", if you believe Linux upgrades actually work please take the Hairyfeet challenge and post it to YouTube, its stood nearly 7 years without a single "user friendly" distro passing.


Sorry, the "Hairy feet challenge"? Should we know what that is?

I keep hearing how difficult it is to upgrade Linux, which is news to me and the fifteen years I've been using it, with both Redhat & Debian based distributions. As far as I can see it works as well any upgrade of Windows, or OS X.

Still it's a nice canard that people can use. Same as "Linux doesn't have drivers for <obscure piece of hardware no but the poster cares about>! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!"

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RE[2]: Even better solution...
by rklrkl on Sun 1st Jun 2014 10:29 in reply to "RE: Even better solution..."
rklrkl Member since:
2005-07-06

Just a note that CentOS 5 and 6 provide 10 years of updates without having to do a major OS upgrade - CentOS 6 is supported until November 2020 for example.

I've used it on various desktop kit without a problem and it's a very solid and functional desktop (OK, it isn't bleeding edge like Fedora or Ubuntu are, but if you're doing serious stuff, you don't want that). In fact, CentOS 6 is so good, I don't even think CentOS 7 will be an improvement (several major changes that actually make things harder to administer), but I can stay on CentOS 6 for at least another 6 years if I want, unlike any other Linux distro.

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iangibson Member since:
2005-09-25

Sorry, but all I do is install Kubuntu LTS, spend around half an hour tweaking KDE to my liking, then use it for the next five years until the next LTS is released.

What is it exactly that I'm supposed to be tinkering with?

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RE: Even better solution...
by Soulbender on Sun 1st Jun 2014 10:57 in reply to "Even better solution..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Except Linux is not a drop-in replacement for XP and it most likely won't run the applications that keeps these folk on XP.

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RE: Even better solution...
by SaschaW on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 15:38 in reply to "Even better solution..."
SaschaW Member since:
2007-07-19

How is installing Linux a better solution for Windows users than Windows 7? Somebody hanging on to XP doesn't exactly embrace change ;-)

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