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I'm kind of looking forward to exploiting XP EOL. Central IT is 86'ing all XP machines university-wide, which has the benefit that there will be no machines at the university using Internet Explorer 8. The EOL for IE8 is a little ambiguous and will continue to receive "support" from Microsoft, but for the library the big percentage of IE8 traffic (which all together is less than 7%) is from university staff. 

I'm already hemming and hawing and pulling stats together to see if I can make a case to drop aesthetic support for Internet Explorer 8 by April 2014, or at least by the end of 2014. Aesthetic, of course, doesn't mean functional, but it just means that IE8 users get the site as rendered before any media queries, and I'll pull IE-specific stylesheets and polyfills unless they're important (like form elements). 

Here's hoping the remaining IE8 traffic is low enough to fall below our threshold :). I'll throw a party.

Michael Schofield
/ ns4lib.com 

-----Original Message-----
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Riley Childs
Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2014 12:19 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Windows XP EOL

Smart, too bad we can't do that in our learning lab!

Riley Childs
Student
Asst. Head of IT Services
Charlotte United Christian Academy
(704) 497-2086
RileyChilds.net
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From: John Palmer<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Sent: 3/2/2014 12:14 AM
To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Windows XP EOL

We are migrating our oldest machines (Pentium, 64-128Mb, 30gb hdd) to TinyLinux.

Our Pentium and Celeron machines with 256 Mb, 100gb machines are going to Xubuntu.

Anything below 4GB RAM is going to Ubuntu 12.04

 4GB+ goes to Windows 7.



On Saturday, March 1, 2014, Justin Coyne <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> They won't be a security risk on April 8th, but the first time that MS 
> publishes security patches after that date for newer version, security 
> researchers will examine the patches.  Doing so will give them an idea 
> about how to exploit the problem the patch was for.  They will then 
> try to run the exploit on XP and see if it is vulnerable. Eventually 
> they will find an exploit that works against XP.
>
> Even if you have a AV, people can exploit your machine without using a 
> virus.  Is that a risk you want to accept?
>
> -Justin
>
>
> On Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 4:59 PM, Jimm Wetherbee 
> <[log in to unmask]<javascript:;>>
> wrote:
>
> > Just because MS won't support XP any more doesn't mean those 
> > machines are instantly useless or a security risk come April 8th.  
> > We will not be
> doing
> > anything with our lab computers until Summer because they are too 
> > old to run Windows 8 but we cannot do without them.
> >
> > --jimm
> >
> >
> > On Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM, Riley Childs 
> > <[log in to unmask]<javascript:;>
> > >wrote:
> >
> > > Hi,
> > > I wanted to hear how people are dealing with the Windows XP 
> > > End-of-Life (if anything at all :(
> > >
> > >
> > > Personally I am migrating the computers that can run it to Windows 
> > > 8
> (we
> > > ran out of 7 licenses and someone (years ago) bought SA, but 
> > > that's
> > another
> > > story), and when April 7th comes around: throw anything we can't 
> > > use
> away
> > > (sigh).
> > >
> > > Riley Childs
> > > Student
> > > Asst. Head of IT Services
> > > Charlotte United Christian Academy
> > > (704) 497-2086
> > > RileyChilds.net
> > > Sent from my Windows Phone, please excuse mistakes
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> >
>