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Narendra
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:55 pm    Post subject: XP runs out next April Reply with quote

Hello,

I understand Windows XP runs out next April and there will not any security patches from the Microsoft then on. If I install Xp in VIRTUALBOX as a guest to Ubuntu 13.04, will that be safe? Actually I have that kind of configuration at the moment and do not wish to discard XP. Please advise!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will be safe after April 2014 if you do not connect to the Internet or allow it to copy from a USB stick.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnhudson wrote:
It will be safe after April 2014 if you do not connect to the Internet or allow it to copy from a USB stick.
Let me rephrase that: it'll be safe, as long as you take care in what [programs] you put on your (virtual) machine, as well as keeping your malware scanner up-to-date.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ermmm.... when EXACTLY was XP considered in any way safe? Laughing

As for it running out in April... again? How long do you think MS will extend its shelf life to this time? Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

XP was safe, on the install-disk Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dutch_Master wrote:
Let me rephrase that: it'll be safe, as long as you take care in what [programs] you put on your (virtual) machine, as well as keeping your malware scanner up-to-date.


That's not enough. If an exploit is discovered in an existing program after April, it will not be fixed, but all the script kiddies will now about it.

The easy answer is that come April, you'll have one more reason to not use XP. The fact that it is running in a VM is immaterial.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It largely depends on what you're using XP for, years ago I kept a Windows install for a single program, it didn't need to go on the net, the input files for it were grabbed on my Linux box and put on a shared partition; for that particular case I could now keep a pristine XP VM, blow it away after every use and restore the pristine container every time.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's much the same as my situation. The only reason I keep an XP machine at all is to build the Windows versions of programs I develop. I do all the development on a Linux machine, then periodically I transfer the source to the XP machine to build that version. At the moment it has access to the internet, but it doesn't need it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for your replies!
Is there any distro = XP?
Please advise.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Narendra wrote:
Thank you very much for your replies!
Is there any distro = XP?
Please advise.
Thank you.

Maybe worth looking at Zorin
http://www.zorin-os.com/
http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/zorin-os-7-review-windows-clone-of.html
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=zorin

I have not seen or used it personally, so check it out carefully. It was on the LXF 170 dvd, but I'm not sure which version it was.

I have just looked and it was version 6.0.2 Lite.

If it looks interesting you can get version 7 from their website linked above.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dutch_Master wrote:
XP was safe, on the install-disk Wink

You sure?
Sort of depends on your definition of Trojan Horse...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for your reply.

I have downloaded and install the Zorin later on.

Please check the link below, if ReactOS is any good.

http://tinyurl.com/7t43s

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Narendra wrote:
Please check the link below, if ReactOS is any good.

http://tinyurl.com/7t43s


That's the first time I've seen a TinyURL that's longer than the address to which it points Smile

Anyway, ReactOS is an impressive project given that (AFAIK) nobody is paid to work on it full-time. It can run various older Windows apps, but it's still very much in Alpha stage and not recommended for full-time use.

If you absolutely need to run one or two Windows apps, it's worth a try, and cheaper than a full Windows license.

Of course, WINE is another option...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for your reply!

I use Ubuntu and its installed with WINE but it does not install Photoshop Elements 11!
And when some programmes installed on WINE can not get uninstalled!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a lot of Windows apps. Those things go on clean, but don't want to let go when you've had enough! Laughing

Have you tried GIMP instead of photoshop?
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