WINDOWS WEEK: The end of Windows XP support may spell trouble for banks - UPDATED - htxt.africa

edited April 2014 in Site discussion

imageWINDOWS WEEK: The end of Windows XP support may spell trouble for banks - UPDATED - htxt.africa

With Microsoft no longer supporting Windows XP, using the venerable OS online just became more risky.

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  • Are all those 'doomsday' articles on XP bordering on FUD? Have no fear Linux is here.

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  • I second this - as editor of the site and exclusive user of Linux for the last eight years. Although, if I'm honest, the whole Heartbleed thing is starting to make me a little nervous about the safe and secure claims of open source...
  • Couple of things.

    The article is about ATMs, so word processing and e-mail are less of a concern. The banks made the mistake of developing Windows based software for their ATMs, so while Linux is awesome, one can't just port across the apps. These apps are likely COM based monstrosities which would pretty much lock them into Windows (as opposed to less-horrible .NET apps which could theoretically run in MONO).

    There's likely a hardware component as well (touch screens, the cash-dispenser etc.) which could require drivers, and since a bunch of them are quite old the lack of Linux drivers could be a problem.

    Then of course it could just be the fact that they signed agreements wiht Microsoft and are now locked into an ecosystem.

    In terms of the OpenSSL / Heartbleed thing, at least they could discover the bug and the code responsible for it and then publish it (because of the open source nature). How many bugs are potentially in closed-source SSL libraries that nobody knows about because only the developers have access to the source code?
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