[scribus] Windows versions.

Nick Vettese saprod_sj at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 14 20:53:57 CET 2010

There is nothing Neanderthal about XP.  It may have come to it's EOL, but that 
will not stop a majority of the people using it to get up and get out.  
Businesses and Corporations spent a lot of money on the hardware, software and 
their staff to have this OS and it's software supported for a long time.  After 
the Vista downfall, many companies are hesitant to move forward using MS OSes.  

Not only that, Microsoft's own downgrade program tells us that even they do not 
believe there is a stronger Windows than XP, but their business needs to move 
forward as well.  MS put the axe to Vista and 7 with their downgrade offer, and 
because of this, word of mouth will continue to spread the disease.  Not only 
that, but MS has already announce that their next version of Windows will be 
unlike anything that has been offered before.  So there is another reason that 
will slow the upgrade paths of XP users.  

I will almost guarantee that the next version of Windows will see the 
abandonment of XP in an Exodus.  People are fearful, both with the economy, but 
most importantly, MS telling them the software is not good enough (or as good as 


From: John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net>
To: scribus at lists.scribus.net
Sent: Tue, December 14, 2010 1:09:52 PM
Subject: Re: [scribus] Windows versions.

On Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:40:39 -0500
Gregory Pittman <gregp_ky at yahoo.com> dijo:

>On 12/13/2010 10:38 PM, Craig Bradney wrote:
>> Really, I think we should only support Windows 7. XP is old, ugly,
>> has a million bugs and plenty of security issues. 

>Where I work, for reasons which remain obscure but probably give 
>evidence for the presence of Neanderthal genes in the population, XP
>is still the OS of our hospital's system, and not only that, but you
>must use IE6 and a severely outdated Java to fully access information
>that I need. 

At my university (25,000 students) all the Windows computers have XP,
except a handful in the Department of Computer Science. I don't think
it is due to Neanderthal genes; rather I think it is due to funding
priorities. I don't know how many thousands of computers the university
owns, but upgrading them to Windows 7 would cost a major amount. And
it's not just the license fees, it's also the labor to do the upgrades
and the additional support as people get used to them. Plus, a few
computers might be too old and need to be replaced. It's a case of "if
it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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