June 12, 2003

Stay of execution for 98

Microsoft has given Windows 98 a little bit longer lease on life. The original plan was that all support would be dropped on June 30, the end of this month. After that point, no new patches or bug fixes would be released, and, as I understood it, Windows Update would stop working. That was all outlined on MS’ Product Lifecycle page. Now, Fred Langa is reporting that they’ve quietly pushed the “Non-Support” date back to next January. He thinks it’s a combination of them listening to customer complaints and a fear that people would upgrade to Linux instead of XP.

They never had to be afraid about my company. We’ve been planning the move to XP for a while now; I don’t think there’s a single person in this firm besides myself that would be able to handle a move to Linux. I’m worried enough about them not being able to learn XP! Besides, I don’t think AutoCAD runs on Linux, so the engineers wouldn’t be able to switch anyway. But this reprieve will give us a few more months to get all the XP pieces in place, without having to worry about 98 dropping out from under us.

Now, on the server side, my little Linux test box is duplicating most of what the NT boxes are doing right now. So, the penguins may come marching in on that end. It remains to be seen.

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  1. Eric says:

    I'll be switching to (Mandrake) Linux on the desktop. I have suffered with Windows ME for two years and now I'm ready leave MS in the dust.

    XP has its own reliability issues from my experience.

    Posted June 13, 2003 @ 7:24 pm

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