XP Embedded: Alive and kicking, or dead and twitching?

I have a longstanding frustration with commercially pushed “”; I define this as a migration path pushed for non-technical motivations, sometimes even flying in the face of technical reason.

The retail industry has been guilty of this for decades, cleverly scripted advertisements to convince one that the usually minor, usually superfluous features of the shiny “new” product are the opposite, with the purpose of leaving the individual wondering how they had coped so long without them.

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