freebsd-questions Digest, Vol 804, Issue 5

Dave B g8kbvdave at
Wed Nov 6 13:50:20 UTC 2019

If you search around, Win7 is far from comatose (let alone dead!)

Within "Industry" (where stuff actually happens) Win7 is very much alive
and kicking.  (Along with quite a bit of XP-embedded too!)

The MS mantra of "contact your software vendor for updated versions
compatible with Windows 10" is a pile of Bull*, when the company that
made the product has gone, or been absorbed into another entity, who
will not provide any such "upgrades", even if they have the ability..

I'm not sure, but I think to a certain extent, a lot of XP Embedded
systems may still be in support for security updates (if anyone bothered
or dared to connect them to the web)  If not, then Embedded versions of
WIn7 will certainly have an extended support time too.

Though personally I migrated away from Windows to Linux (I found BSD too
clunky to use and CPU hungry for desktop use, where it could be
installed.  Where as modern Linux's, just load and run with minimal
effort, and are well understood, supported and stable.)  That was after
the great W10 force-feeding saga, where they filled my C drive to the
point that the system would not even boot.  DESPITE, their own
compatibility trial saying that my combo' of CPU and GPU were not
compatible with W10!.  (AMD and ATI-Rage+)

I still have to use Windows (7 & XP) at work, but there is a move
towards 10, just for corporate satisfaction, and that our IT people are
of course looking to push it to us (for a fee of course, new hardware
needed, they say.)

Problem for many who do "engineering" stuff, is Win10's propensity to
want to phone home all the time, plus updates wreck connectivity to some
specialist (and not so special) I/O devices, needing a lot of time (and
therefore) money to resolve.   And as for the privacy issues...

Just so it is said, *BSD is great for servers, I have two NAS systems
based on BSD under my wing, utterly solid and reliable too.  (Far more
so, than the MS based servers in the same rack!)

But I have to say, that for most people BSD is not an option for a
desktop "daily driver", except perhaps in the form of an Apple MAC!  
But how much time and money did Apple invest in getting it that way?

Cheers All.

Dave B.

On 06/11/2019 12:00, freebsd-questions-request at wrote:
> "exfat" is certainly a good choice; however, I would not rule out NTFS
> completely. Windows 7, while not EOL until 2020, is definitely
> comatose. I don't don't know anyone still using it, especially since
> Microsoft offered an easy and free upgrade path.

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