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  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    I have a small notebook which I use in the van and as we all know support for XP has stopped.

    Is it worth updating or leave well alone?
     
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    I was forced to do this to test a program for a customer under W7.

    I guess I'm better protected but otherwise no significant improvement and some nasties where W7 stops you doing perfectly reasonable things without jumping through hoops. It's certainly tied down to keep the user away from the core.

    If it works, don't fix it. I'm still running XP in the MH.
     
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    Likewise Dave, I had XP on an old Sony Vaio, but rather than change to W7, I cleaned everything off and installed Linux Mint 17 ..

    runs lovely now.. faster than it was with XP and plenty of software.... but whether it would suit you would depend on whether you need Microsoft software or not..
     
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    Plus one for Linux Mint (y) Really do like it. It boots from off in under a minute, is so stable, every program I want was more or less pre-installed or is so easy to install with their software manager
     
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    I'd leave it as it is.

    As I've always said, computers are only tools and if the tool is doing what you want it to there is no point in changing it.
     
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    I'm in the same position. I'm uneasy about using XP to access financial sites because there will be security holes in XP and they will be exploited. So I installed Linux Mint 17 alongside XP in dual-boot mode and it works just fine. XP for general use and Mint for financial stuff.

    EDIT: And here's a guide on how to do it.
     
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    There's a VERY interesting rant on there against Microsoft.

    Right up there with the 911 conspiracy theories. Which I'm inclined to agree with.

    Thanks for the link.

    Anyway, I'm sure the NSA or Microsoft have no reason to fiddle with this Olde Farte.
     
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    He's a bit too tinfoil hat for me, but he writes a mean guide!
     
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    I reckon there's a good case for just keeping low usage computers on whatever OS works and maybe having a minimum install of open source software like Open Office, GIMP, etc etc. I had an ancient HP laptop doing that for a while in our camper, but the slow processor speed can become a bit frustrating at times.

    If you wanted the absolute basics in a MH, try a Raspberry Pi - they were launched a couple of years ago for school programming use and the fag packet-sized processing unit costs less than £50. It runs on Linux.
     
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    XP for me every time thank you. Windows 7 is s**t and slow. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
     
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    I use an old XP laptop to run my sewing machine. Because the sewing machine software was written for XP I haven't needed to download the patch for anything newer and don't have the problems others have because of incompatibility. There's nothing much else on that old machine except the sewing software.
     
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    I'm sure there's a lot of truth in it. Control the world's computers, you control the world.

    In fact it is the duty of the Yank government to implement every means to ensure their protection and prosperity.

    I think it's naive to think they could not hack Linux with ease. The scammers might not be bothered, too few targets.
     
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    I use an old wife. She cooks too.
     
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    But I am the old wife..... and I also cook, do laundry, iron and clean now and again.

    The sewing machine is posh and has to be programmed before it will sew a stitch.
     
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    But it is broken. All Windows versions are broken, but the newer ones hopefully will become less broken as patches are released. XP will not be patched any further and it will become more and more vulnerable to hackers and malware. But hey, it's your bank account and your money, so who am I to advise.....
     
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    Hmm, at McAfee most of us programmers use XP for our work machines.

    If it was dangerous, the company wouldn't let us.

    McAfee do know a bit ab0ut hackers and malware.
     
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    But do your servers run on XP? I doubt it. If you work in a large corporation you're behind several layers of security, or you should be. An individual in a motorhome or a house is in an entirely different situation.
     
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    It is only broken if it doesn't manage the job in hand.

    It may be unwise to use an XP machine for banking (after 30+ years in IT I think using any Internet connected computer for banking is unwise) but if all the machine is used for is offline tasks or tasks protected by an adequate firewall then where is the problem?

    If somebody is daft enough to access torrent sites or the equivalent there is an inherent danger but if all an individual in a motorhome or house is using the machine for is to access mainstream sites without uploading any personal data then where is the problem?
     
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    Stick to XP. I'm on Windows 8 and it has loads of cool features I don't want. The less complicated the better..
     
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