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lammert - 12:52 pm on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)Windows 7: until 14 Jan 2020
One of the differences between "professional" and "amateur" operating systems is the support you get and especially the amount of support which you can receive after the product has been superseded by a new version. For professional installations, this support life cycle should be at least as long as the expected life cycle of the hardware because in professional setups you often can't upgrade a running system without effect on continuity.
Support lifecycles of some current OS systems:
Windows server 2008: until 10 Jul 2018
Windows XP: until 8 Apr 2014
Solaris 10: 5 years after last shipping date (>2015)
Ubuntu 10.14 LTS (long time support): halfway 2015
Redhat Enterprise Linux 5: until 31 Mar 2014
Long life cycle support is less important in the situation which Mack has tested, a desktop/laptop installation for an individual user. As long as there is some decent amount of time between the moment a new version is released and the previous is outphased, there is for the general desktop installation not a real problem. For a desktop/laptop situation it is much more important that all hardware is recognized than that it is labeled as "professional" or "amateur" . On that level it now seems that Windows and Ubuntu perform almost equally according to Macks experiences.
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