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Windows XP: Why It Won't Die

Arbitrary OS upgrade mandates don't make sense in the real world, some Windows XP organizations say.

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burn0050bb
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burn0050bb,
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4/9/2014 | 5:57:54 PM
Re: Use Linux instead
Please.

As soon as there is Office for Linux, maybe they will. But this is more than cost - people won't switch to *nix for 2 reasons.
  1. Business software
  2. Usability

The average Joe has enough trouble learning windows, can you imagine telling someone to "open a terminal, and type sudo grep -i ps ~/.bash* | grep -v history "? And even with the pretty gui's for them, there's still stuff you have to do at the command line. No way around it.


 
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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4/8/2014 | 10:04:15 PM
Re: As I boarded a plane the other day...
The same thing applies to banking - I don't think all ATMs with XP will be upgraded to Windows 7/8 overnight and the security breach is there. The chance of compromise may be very low but the risk do exist. I am thinking about the security of my bank account...
asksqn
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4/8/2014 | 6:16:57 PM
Use Linux instead
The fact that MS ended support for its most popular OS to date in favor of forcing consumers to use its latest spectacularly crappy 8 platform should be enough to cause Windows users to vote with their wallets and find a 'nux distro that is free and won't toss them under the bus as a sacrifice to the Dow deity.
Thomas Claburn
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4/8/2014 | 4:08:13 PM
Re: As I boarded a plane the other day...
That would be enough to make me reconsider airlines.
D. Henschen
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4/8/2014 | 1:03:06 PM
As I boarded a plane the other day...
I was boarding a plane the other day at JFK and I noticed a Windows XP sceen on a computer at the end of the jetway at a Delta gate. I'm not sure if the PC supported Jetway operations, ticketing and seat-assigment information, or gate checking of bags, but I don't even want to think about the implications of unsupported XP in the airline industry. Could mean lost bags or worse.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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4/8/2014 | 11:44:53 AM
The waiting is the hardest part
It's easy to dismiss firms that stay on XP as lazy. But as this story points out some sectors have no choice. I suppose Veripic could upgrade to Windows 7 run its systems in customers' XP environments in compatibility mode. But this introduces risk and costs and in a sector like law enforcement there's no margin for error. But here come more security risks with the end of XP support. It's a tough situation when firms are forced to wait for customers to upgrade.
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