Home > Windows > Microsoft Gets Windows XP Update Ready Microsoft Gets Windows XP Update Ready Eugenia Loli 2003-12-11 Windows 13 Comments Microsoft is set to release a test version of the next update to Windows XP, which adds security features as well as improved support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 13 Comments 2003-12-11 9:42 pm Because I’m tired of people who don’t even use the OS bitching about its (lack of) security. 2003-12-11 10:09 pm Darius, whether you use the OS or not… its nearly impossible to avoid the overwhelming daily news reports of Windows xploits and attacks. All of these reports stem from Windows vulnverability. We live in a Windows world. Those of us that use alternative operating systems are aware of and use (to some degree) Windows. Unfortunately the same can’t be said in reverse otherwise we would probably have more alt OS users and less Windows users. 2003-12-11 10:22 pm I hope the bluetooth integration is much better than now. The drivers i’m using right now and com-port emulation is realy crap. Also the Wifi support can be much better! 2003-12-12 3:08 am “Because I’m tired of people who don’t even use the OS bitching about its (lack of) security.” You can’t blame people for not using a insecure OS if it’s one of their criteria for choosing an OS. Microsoft’s track record speaks for itself dispite what Billg says about improving security. From what i’m reading here, http://theinquirer.net/?article=13139 , it may break alot of things in the name of security. Personally, I’ve stopped using MS’s stuff two years ago. I just couldn’t recommend MS stuff to anyone because of all the viruses, email exploits, etc. 2003-12-12 4:24 am You people are forgetting that the “NT” in Windows NT, on which XP is based, stands for “New Technology.” I’d rather use an OS designed for today’s paradigms than one which was designed in the era of command lines, 8 MHz processors, and very little network connectivity. How we live in a networked world, many businesses rely on e-commerce to turn a profit, and your hacked together command line Unix just doesn’t cut it anymore. 2003-12-12 7:20 am “Because I’m tired of people who don’t even use the OS bitching about its (lack of) security.” Are you forgetting about Slammer bringing down the entirety of South Korea’s Internet back in January? How about all the network disruptions caused by Blaster this past September? Let’s not even get into how many compromised computers are being turned into spam relays by various trojans. Like it or not, the problems with Windows affect not only Windows users. 2003-12-12 9:44 am “You people are forgetting that the “NT” in Windows NT, on which XP is based, stands for “New Technology” That New Technology is based on vms (which is as old as unix) but without some of the good features and with several bad design decisions. 2003-12-12 12:40 pm Please explain some of the bad design decisions. I’m not saying they arn’t there, just want to know more. I’d say most of the problems with the current versions of Windows are implementation issues rather than design flaws. I’m interested in finding out about problems with the kernel not within Win32, which is being deprecated in Longhorn in favour of .Net APIs. 2003-12-12 4:48 pm yes….but these network admins that got hit shouyld have updated……MS only warned of the exploit….what like 3 months before it happened. There will always be exploits but much of the blame must be put on these network admins. 2003-12-12 8:10 pm Windows is great, I find it refreshing that a company is willing to let people know about and fix security flaws so quickly. Linux users have to rely on ‘some bloke’ to get stuff done, and redhat aint worth messing around with anymore due to selling out. Linux would seem to be dieing or at the very least stagnating. Mandrake? Yeah if you want to ruin your cdrom drive! Slackware? No support. Lindows? Dont make me laugh! Only decent distro you linux saddoes have is debian. Lol! 2003-12-12 10:18 pm How about putting the video driver in kernal space to get around the poor performance found in microkernel designs on x86 hardware. 2003-12-12 10:20 pm You obviously lack understanding of operating systems. 2003-12-13 7:24 am MSBlast/Welchia, the famed RPC worms, hit not only computers in corporate networks, but mostly home users as well, and the patch for this specific vulnerability was not out before the worm was let loose, to my recollection. You are correct, though, admins do hold the majority of the blame for Slammer.