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Old July 24th 13, 09:34 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware
Linea Recta[_2_]
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Default forced to alternative OS

"Paul" schreef in bericht
Ken Springer wrote:
On 7/22/13 1:58 PM, Linea Recta wrote:
Support for security updates will end march next year I believe.
What alternatives would you suggest for my old PC (below), if I don't
to buy new hardware?
And, these Windows XP groups will disappear too I suppose?

Interestingly, when I had a Win98 machine still up and running, with
support "supposedly" long gone, I would get the occasional security
update. I have no idea why, but gut feeling is something similar will
happen with XP. My personal justification for this feeling is the number
of XP users, both corporate and personal, will still be numerous enough
that MS may not want to pi$$ them off.

Regarding Linux, I was going to suggest you look into that as an
alternative, but I see someone else has also suggested that.

What you could do, Linux-wise, is to download and burn the Live CD's from
various distros, and run it from the DVD and RAM. That way you have time
to check things out before being forced into doing something quickly.

As the OP has a 1536MB machine, he can run a Linux LiveCD,
with the "TORAM=yes" option, and cache the entire boot CD
into RAM. Which makes for a quieter OS operation, as you
can then eject the CD. Without that, the CD stays in the
drive for the entire session.

I keep a distro on a USB key, which is a lot quieter than
CDs or DVDs. I use a "Lexar Media JumpDrive S73 32 GB" as
the USB key (a waste), but the nice thing is the data rate
is very good with that one. So booting happens reasonably
fast, compared to a CD. Since there is a "persistent store file"
or casper-rw file on there, I'm able to keep file changes
from session to session. And I can plug that into different

One thing I know: my BIOS (latest) does not support booting from USB stick.


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