Patches are subject to a great deal of FUD
Today is going to be FUD Roundup Day at the ‘ol Patch Corral. You’ve heard of FUD, right? Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt? Once used only in relation to IBM, then in reference to Microsoft, it seems everyone likes to throw around a bit of FUD these days to get us consumers upset and concerned.
Today we’re going to cover some FUD about operating systems, patching, and — as usual — our ever-present topic, browsers.
FUD 1: April 12, your PC is no longer yours
As I said in last issue’s Patch Watch, April 12 will not be the day you "automatically" receive Windows XP SP2. But if you’re currently on XP SP1, perhaps this is the time to think about finally installing SP2.
Many firms that have not deployed it are in state of being "stuck between their vendors and their applications." The vendors will not certify the service pack — and the firm is unable to install the patch unless the vendors support it.
Personally, I’ve found that all of my line-of-business applications have worked just fine on XP SP2. I had no service agreement to worry about voiding. I tested my applications for full functionality and didn’t even bother with vendor certification.
If you must wait for vendor certification, you should try as best as you can to get them to approve the service pack, if that
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