[Chugalug] xp replacement

Dave Brockman dave at brockmans.com
Mon Nov 18 19:03:05 UTC 2013


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On 11/18/2013 1:36 PM, Phil Sieg wrote:
> John,
> 
> I am pretty certain nobody really cares about security updates for
> XP since they never seemed to really work anyway.

They will when the exploits that affect "all versions of Windows" and
"all versions of IE" don't get patched in XP any longer.  This is what
killed 2000, it will be what kills XP.

> The single best reason to upgrade to ANYTHING else is 64BIT and
> memory above 2GB. DO NOT mention XP 64... that was never actually a
> product, otherwise it would have things like "Driver Support".

XP x64 was a horrible back-port of Server 2003 x64 w/ XP GUI.  No one
made Server 2003 x64 drivers for all that desktop hardware, and as it
turns out, it was quite different than Desktop XP x86.

> All in all XP was a pretty good OS once you tore it apart and
> rebuilt it the way you wanted it. The ENTIRE 3rd and 2nd world
> still operates on XP. I have to keep an XP laptop here at the
> business because all of the cellular software we use (from our
> factory in China) is XP only.

We can only hope that next year is the year of Linux on the Desktop,
for the sake of those 2nd and 3rd world countries.  And I hope that
you keep that dedicated, single-purpose computing device running that
antiquated Swiss cheese of an OS disconnected from the rest of the
world, and never, ever surf on it.  Or open an email (that might
trigger the OS HTML viewer, you know, IE).

I have clients that run special software that only runs on XP.  As a
matter of fact, I replaced one a few months ago, and I knew I was in
trouble when the first question from support to order a new version
was "Are you running the Windows 98 version or the Windows XP
version?".  All my clients that require XP to run their businesses
know that come April of next year (if we haven't already), those
machines will not be allowed to talk to the rest of the world.  I
can't in good conscience recommend otherwise.  Neither should you.

Regards,

dtb
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