Pulling the plug on expired Operating Systems


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Browsers are ending their support for Windows 7 and 8.1 in 2023. Vivaldi dev and security expert Yngve Pettersen explains the challenges faced by browsers as to why they end support of various operating system versions.

Life of an Operating System (OS)
Browser challenges due to different OS versions
Goodbye Windows 7 and Windows 8.1
Will Vivaldi support Win7 and Win8.1?
Recommendation: Update to a more modern operating system (OS)

Will Vivaldi support Win7 and Win8.1?

Sorry, no. Since Vivaldi is based on Chromium, we will get these updates removing Win7 and Win8.1 support when we next update the Chromium source, to Chromium 110, which will be the foundation for the next Vivaldi version after Vivaldi 5.6.

As a related example, on Linux, while Chromium did end support for 32-bit (386) Linux, Vivaldi continued to release builds as long as they continued to build and run until the builds stopped running. As it turns out, the most recent 386 release of Vivaldi (3.8) does not run, because Chromium updated to a version of a central library that was not supported by 386 versions of Linux (some Linux distros do distribute patched versions that avoid the issue in their 386 versions).

Recommendation: Update to a more modern operating system (OS)

When such support ends it is time to, at least, update the OS to a newer version, although in some cases that might mean buying new hardware (at least more disk space and memory, although Windows 10 may require a new machine).

Another option is to change to an alternative OS that supports your hardware, e.g. Linux supports quite old hardware and should be able to run 64-bit versions on CPUs from the past 10-15 years.

When you are using a computer with an OS installation that is more than 5-6 years old, it is usually time to consider updating to a more modern OS, anyway, even if the browsers and other applications you are using still work. It is usually just a question of time before the OS is no longer supported. By considering your options early, you won’t have to do emergency migrations (or risk security problems). For your system, having an up-to-date environment will provide the best features and security.

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