[Chugalug] xp replacement

Stephen Kraus ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 18 19:05:43 UTC 2013


My XP machines will turn into honeypots come April.


On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM, Dave Brockman <dave at brockmans.com> wrote:

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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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