April 8th 2014 marks the end of life for windows XP. This is the day that Microsoft will officially stop supporting windows XP. So why is this such a big deal? and why are they calling it the XPocalpyse? In a nutshell this means that any new or known security vulnerabilities will not be patched for windows xp. This is a huge problem because a large number of home pcs, ATM’s and POS(Point of Sale ) systems are still running windows XP.
For some reason most of the IT world are claiming that this is a huge deal and are scrambling to 1.) upgrade Pc’s to windows 7 or 2.) Converting them to a suitable Linux distro. What people don’t realize is that its not like Microsoft is holding back a huge flood of viruses that are about to infect everyone computer. It is going to take time to for hackers to develop these vulnerabilities. I am not advocating staying on windows XP. I’m merely suggesting that you have a little bit more time to make the decision to switch.
What do we do about the XPocalpyse
Although I do not believe it is a “mission critical” ordeal As an IT professional I would suggest one of the following over the next few weeks:
if your a Novice: upgrade to windows 7 (Windows 8 is garbage imo)
if you have skillzzz: Slick and install ubuntu (Recommended)
if you have 1337 5k1llz install arch or gentoo linux.
keeping xp is about the worst long term decision you could make.