Rescue an XP laptop: load Linux today

It’s mid-2016. XP has been end-of-life for over a year or something. What’s that mean? It means there’s approximately a 100% chance that any given XP system is exploitable. It definitely means the system has exited the vendor’s maintenance window. Either way there are few if any reasons to justify use of XP from a security standpoint.

So when you hear about present-day XP deployments, it’s disturbing. Well before March of 2016 there should be zero XP deployments out there. “Oh, yeah, that’s an old recording appliance. It’s still running XP” is not the kind of thing you should hear at a PACS user group meeting.

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