On a true 486 yes. All that XP requires to run however is the CMPXCHG8B instruction which Vortex86 implemented probably years ago.
What about a MBA without the cost-cutting part? I think Meg Whitman right now is trying to fix HP.
I think the quote from the article directly should be enough of a warning.
Well the deceptive part IMO is the "bait and switch" part where they showed one filename but in reality download a different file.
Unless you are using Office or Lync which have their own copy of GDI+. Office 2010 only uses their own copy when running under XP though unlike older versions and 2013 don't support XP at all so they don't have their own copy anymore.
In fact, MS was the one who released the first OS/2 2.0 SDKs to developers in the first place. I wrote a blog article relating to what happened to the project: http://yuhongbao.blogspot.ca/2012/12/about-ms-os2-20-fiasco-px00307-and-dr.html
I mentioned that Caldera actually sued MS based on the fact that Win9x was still based on DOS in my blog article on the OS/2 2.0 fiasco, because OS/2 never depended on DOS.
I think they locked down the local machine zone in XP SP2: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ieinternals/archive/2011/03/23/understanding-local-machine-zone-lockdown-restricted-this-webpage-from-running-scripts-or-activex-controls.aspx
That decision to combine the system shell with the browser is the underlying cause of the severity of many Explorer security issues.
Actually IE6 is supported until July 2015 if you count Server 2003. And BTW IE7 is supported until January 2020 if you count Server 2008. I wonder how much it costs to support each version of IE for MS.
A security problem there is that since IE4, IE has been integrated with the system shell. Therefore, IE privileges are shell privileges - anything the user can do, the browser can do. For this reason, I much prefer a browser that is only a browser, not another view of the system shell. A browser that's just a browser can only screw up web pages, not the entire system.
Huh? All process you start after log in have the same privileges as the user you are logged into.
Off topic, but I wonder what would happen if "profit margin fixing" or similar was legal under the law and allowed?
Yea, it reeks of fundamental flaws that needs to be fixed.
Fact: MS guarantees at least two years of mainstream support for the previous version after a new version of release.