viking777 wrote: My guess is that the dangers would be fairly minimal. However, if a year down the line somebody manages to empty your online bank account...
I can't be certain, but this statement seems to me to be the epitome of the FUD type comment of which most posters to this site accuse Windows devotees.
I'm sorry @viking, I generally respect your comments, but to make a sweeping statement like:
viking777 wrote:somebody manages to empty your online bank account
without explaining why you think this might be true, in your opinion, does not really contribute to the discussion. IMHO, such statements tend to lead new users to think that Linux forums are populated with know-it-alls who aren't really interested in solving problems. (I was hoping that comment would never
apply to this forum.)
To attempt to give the OP some guidance, I'd suggest that a little searching in these forums indicates that there are no inherent problems in using an out-of-support operating system. However, if he/she wants to remain connected to the internet
, it is possible that, due to the lack of updates. their system might
become vulnerable to malicious attacks by newer software.
Another drawback is that, at some point, the applications being used will become obsolete and there will be no means to update because the older OS just can't cope with the advanced code.
However, if you're not connected to the WWW and are happy with your computer's performance, then there is no real reason to upgrade at all. My parents are quite blissfully playing card games using LM10. Why change?