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Published 5 years ago by AdelleChattre with 3 Comments
 
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  • Kysol
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    On Tuesday it was reported that the Navy is spending $30m to stay on Windows XP. Windows XP! The same operating system that is so old, Microsoft stopped providing public support for it a year ago. It was released in 2001! Do you remember what your computer was like back then?

    Comparing hardware then to now is not a valid point. XP run on hardware now would destroy hardware then. The main issue is XP not the hardware. For the Navy it's probably cheaper to spend 30M to have MS keep them up to date, instead of spending $100M+ having their systems ported to newer versions of Windows.

    Don't think there's much to port, and programs that work on XP should work on Win7+ ? Think again, something as trivial as the change in directory paths could cause a program to not perform the way it was intended, and chances are that the developers who wrote the programs run by the Navy are either not around anymore, or they have fresh uni-grad programmers working for them that are wetting their pant in anticipation to rewrite the whole infrastructure to use the latest hipster coding language.

    • AdelleChattre
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      The point is more that the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command is on XP and means to keep it that way. It's about competence not complexity, the way I read it.

      • Kysol
        +4

        Yeah I just decided to pick on that one point as it stood out to me as something that was slanted opinion rather than fact when it came to comparing hardware then and now to make a point.

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