When XP went EOL I said to myself, 'That's it. 13 years is long enough. Time to try summat else.'
I was fed up with Microsoft anyway, and never had any special pressing need to run a Windows system; for my needs, I thought Linux would do nicely. I deleted Win XP, and switched literally overnight.
So began my travels through the uncharted waters of the Linux ecosystem. I tried out many, but there was always something about each one that wasn't quite right. Until I discovered Puppy.....and I just knew I'd 'come home.'
Even here, though, there was one thing that wouldn't work. Skype. (Because M$, having bought out Skype, were going out of their way to make it 'hard work' for Linux users to make video calls.) So; because of the need to keep in touch with relatives in foreign parts, I had to re-install, and keep an old copy of XP hanging around, for this one app.
Until now. Dedicated members of the Puppy community, between them, have finally found a way to make it work in my favourite OS. PulseAudio was the culprit; it's not a normal item for Puppy to possess. Hitherto, it's always been ALSA.
Much as I like(d) XP, its time has passed.....and its security these days is, I'm sorry to say, a joke. I shall, however, always have a soft spot for it, and will retain fond memories of our time together. As of two days ago, my XP partition is no more (again!).....and the install disc has, this time, gone through the shredder.
It is possible to have too much of a good thing. Indigestion is not a pleasant companion.....
There are still good AV suites out there available for XP. Comodo, for example.
I've used it for several years, and have never had any complaints with it, or from it. It's still (and always has been) totally free to download. Just make sure to keep your wits about you when working your way through the installer.....there's many a pitfall for the unwary, in the shape of adware, junkware, etc. And don't, whatever you do, let Comodo re-route your 'net traffic through their 'secure' DNS servers. Your system will slow down to a pace below even that of a snail..!
The same goes for 'Chromodo'.....their security-enhanced version of Chrome. I don't know what they've done to it, but it doesn't agree with my system. It takes literally forever to connect.
And don't forget to disable the advertising pop-ups through the 'Advanced Settings.....' Persistent little beggars, they are. Annoying, too!
Aside from those few niggles, updates (and upgrades) take place smoothly, and are totally fuss-free.....almost boringly so. Comodo still have no plans to cease supporting XP anytime soon, so I understand. It runs quietly & un-obtrusively in the background, once set-up properly, and is extremely efficient. It's really very good. I for one highly recommend it.
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 21 August 2016 - 04:04 AM.
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