How does Linux compare with Microsoft Support for Windows

Just wondering how Linux Distros / kernels compare with length of support for Windows

So at some stage I would like to provide some visual comparison with support life for various Linux distros.

Windows 2.0 - 14 Years support

Microsoft Windows version 2.0 (2.01 and 2.03 internally) came out on December 9, 1987

On December 31, 2001, Microsoft declared Windows 2.x obsolete and stopped providing support and updates for the system.

Windows 3.0 - 11 Years support

Windows 3.0, released in May 1990, improved capabilities given to native applications.

Windows 3.0 became a major source of income for Microsoft, and led the company to revise some of its earlier plans. Support was discontinued on December 31, 2001.

Windows 3.1 - 9 Years support, or maybe 16

Microsoft developed Windows 3.1 (first released in April 1992), which included several improvements to Windows 3.0.

On December 31, 2001, Microsoft declared Windows 3.1 obsolete and stopped providing support and updates for the system. However, OEM licensing for Windows for Workgroups 3.11 on embedded systems continued to be available until November 1, 2008.

Windows 95 - 6 Years support

Microsoft marketing adopted Windows 95 as the product name for Chicago when it was released on August 24, 1995.

Microsoft ended extended support for Windows 95 on December 31, 2001.

Windows 98 - 4 Years support, or maybe 8

On June 25, 1998, Microsoft released Windows 98 (code-named Memphis)

Mainstream support for Windows 98 and 98 SE ended on June 30, 2002, and ended extended support on July 11, 2006.

Windows 2000 - 10 Years support

Microsoft released Windows 2000 on February 17, 2000, as the successor to Windows NT 4.0.

Microsoft ended support for both Windows 2000 and Windows XP Service Pack 2 on July 13, 2010.

Windows ME - 6 Years support

On September 14, 2000, Microsoft released a successor to Windows 98 called Windows Me, short for “Millennium Edition”.

Support and updates for Windows ME (and Windows 98) ended in 2006.

Windows XP - 8 Years support, or maybe 13

On October 25, 2001, Microsoft released Windows XP (codenamed “Whistler”). The merging of the Windows NT/2000 and Windows 95/98/Me lines was finally achieved with Windows XP. In January 30, 2007, it was succeeded by Windows Vista.

Mainstream support for Windows XP ended on April 14, 2009, and extended support ended on April 8, 2014.

Windows Vista - 6 Years support, or maybe 11

Windows Vista was released on November 30, 2006, to business customers—consumer versions followed on January 30, 2007.

Official mainstream support for Vista ended on April 10, 2012, and extended support ended on April 11, 2017.

Windows 7 - 11 Years support

Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009, and reached general retail availability on October 22, 2009.

Support for Windows 7 has ended
After 10 years, security updates and technical support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020.

Windows 8 and 8.1 - 11 Years support

Product development on Windows 8 was completed on August 1, 2012, and it was released to manufacturing the same day. Windows Server 2012 went on sale to the public on September 4, 2012. Windows 8 went on sale to the public on October 26, 2012.

After January 10, 2023, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows 8.1

Windows 10 - 10 Years support

Windows 10 was unveiled on September 30, 2014, as the successor for Windows 8, and was released on July 29, 2015.

According to Microsoft’s lifecycle website, the company will officially support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025.

Windows 11 - Time to stop dual booting

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I think those are paid support years. Wasn’t the EoL much shorter? I know that m$ pushes hard to upgrade it’s customers to the next version shortly after new versions are released.

Also, keep in mind that Linux isn’t a group, and distro’s typically provided limited support. I don’t know which distro’s provide paid support, although I know that some do. For commercial purposes, most purchase support through a maintenance contract (some go through an MSP). In that use-case, the length of support ends up be a term of a contract, which can vary on a case-by-case basis.

Here’s a specific example: RHEL-7 uses the Linux v3.x kernel, which is still supported directly by Redhat. Kernel v3 was released in 2011, so that’s 11 years. If you track down to the specific kernel revisions of v3.x, one could narrow that down a bit further.

It depends on the distro. The longest official support I know of comes from Red Hat and its derivatives, about 10 years.

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