Originally Posted by Liranan
Please show us a Linux distro that is supported eternally. There comes a time when the OS so fundamentally outdated, that the kernel is old and there are just too many holes to fix that it's better to move on to newer ones. Even free OS's such as Linux become outdated and need updating so to claim M$ just want to make money is ridiculous, if it was just about money we'd be on the very first Linux version still.
This. Please show me an OS from any vendor that's been supported for as long as MS has supported XP (13 years). Some
versions of Solaris, but that's it.
Certainly not Ubuntu- even the LTS versions are supported only supported for 5. Red hat comes in at about 9 or so. And don't even think
about bringing up Apple- you're lucky to get 3 years out of them. Remember that Mac OS 10.0 (YES, THE FIRST VERSION OF X) was the most recent version when XP came out.
Some of this MS bought upon themselves, though, by going so friggin' long between XP and its immediate successor Vista, forcing them into a longer term support cycle. However, that's done and over with, move on.
People are comparing this to cars, which companies like GM and ford support with new parts for 50 years or more. But technology moves much faster than cars....
If you don't think XP is OMG ANCIENT ***, Remember:
XP originally did not support USB2.0.
XP originally did not support HDs more than 137gig.
XP originally did not support Bluetooth. In fact, most Bluetooth stuff in XP is, to this day, third party.
When XP came out, most new PCs were Pentium II.
XP originally did not include DirectX 9- it had to be added in.
The only reason its still useful at all is because of all the support MS has given it to this point.