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RIP Windows XP: Readers Speak
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chuckmcdaniels
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11/2/2011 | 6:58:50 PM
re: RIP Windows XP: Readers Speak
Having worked in the computer biz for a long while, I have the following observations:
1) Windows XP is certainly not the oldest OS still around (a place I was consulting with last year was still lingering on an old version of zOS, with computer operators still viewing the world through a terminal window. Last I heard, they delayed their plan to move from that old technology, even though I'm sure they are among a very few still clinging to that monolithic architecture.. would it surprise anyone that was a bank that was still so far in the "Dark Ages"?

2) I fully expect that companies will do their best to delay migrating from XP, just because all of their support organizations "know" that platform, and going to a newer OS raises all sorts of unknowns that they just don't want to deal with until they have to. I see a lot of companies waiting to the bitter end in 2014, and we'll see if Microsoft changes their tune (lest companies determine that they can and should consider other alternatives, including Linux or Macs..)..

Should be an interesting ride when that date gets closer!
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Guest,
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10/30/2011 | 6:41:44 PM
re: RIP Windows XP: Readers Speak
Maybe this will finally give users the kick they need to drop Microsoft and go Linux, RHEL thin-client for desktop possibly, across the board. There are tons of alternatives to Microsoft out there on the MS Office side as well that are available for zero dollars. Lotus Symphony would be a good enterprise alternative. Lotus 1-2-3 can finally get its revenge on MS Office.
madmod
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madmod,
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10/28/2011 | 12:21:58 AM
re: RIP Windows XP: Readers Speak
Thinking a bit out of the box: In the future, we're all going to need 2 computers instead of 1. One of them will be with the newest Windows version available and with all the software a user or business needs with that environment. (accounting software, special imaging software, etc.) The second computer will have a late long-term-release Linux version such as Ubuntu with VirtualBox or VMware installed so that Windows XP and its legacy software critical to a user or business can still be used long after support from Microsoft ends. The Linux computer will also securely allow for e-mail, banking, document transfers and safe web browsing. This solution isn't cheap but it's the best fix I can think of for businesses, libraries, hospitals, police departments, etc. with huge numbers of Windows XP computers that are mission-critical.
Leo Regulus
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10/27/2011 | 7:59:52 PM
re: RIP Windows XP: Readers Speak
Did I say this here before? All of my XP units have Linux (dual-boot capable) on a separate partition. Also, some Win 7's and my Win 8 sandbox unit. MS's apparent policy - business model - of obsoleting products under their clients feet has the potential of further reducing their client base. This model doesn't seem to have to worked out so well for 'Detroit - type industries'.
sonicmetalman
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sonicmetalman,
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10/27/2011 | 6:15:50 PM
re: RIP Windows XP: Readers Speak
About the "scary" comment at the end of the story, are you kidding me? I know of a Fortune 100 company that still uses Windows 3.1 in a testing environment. My employer uses DOS 6.2 in a testing environment.

I absolutely agree that XP still has some life left for those of us that don't need gigabyte video cards just to run Aero. I do not agree with the statement that an open source XP could kill Linux. XP has become such a virus honeypot that concerns for security would almost certainly keep Linux servers and secure desktops alive and well. Besides, I actually like both Xubuntu and XP. I run them both as needed.


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