Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:27 UTC
Windows As you may have seen, David's been taking care of OSNews for a few days because I'm quite busy with work. Still, there's one thing I'd like to talk about: the desktop mode in Windows 8. I wish I could've added this to the first impressions article, but I only arrived at this conclusion yesterday: desktop mode in Windows 8 is Microsoft's equivalent of Mac OS X's Classic mode.
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RE: fantastic?
by acobar on Wed 7th Mar 2012 16:28 UTC in reply to "fantastic?"
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Well, I confess I prefer openSUSE 11.4 with KDE 4.8. It has lots of things I love to use. Activities with virtual desktops are just quasi-perfect to work with and almost everything can be automated on linux, even on desktop side.

However, there is always the last mile, the polish to make (almost) everything just work out of box. An this has been the Achilles heel of linux on desktop for how long? And what is tragic about that is that when a group went to try to tackle this, an infighting started immediately inside the "community".

Had Linux camp come with everything rounded, it still would be an herculean task to convince people to switch. Regular people are used to Windows way of doing things, MS Office and the plethora of some good, some not so good, software they are familiarized with. Most developers just want to use the complex tools they expended a lot of time mastering. For many it means MS Visual Studio on its many incarnations.

To not stay only on words, I will cite an experience I had. Assembled a new workstation for me. Nice, everything working properly on Linux and Windows 7. Decided to retire my old one and, of course, set multiple monitors on the new one. Bought a cheap dual head card from nvidia stuck it inside and boot on Windows 7. All my three monitors were recognized, installed the drivers from CD and I could expand the desktop briskly. Now, time to boot on linux. At first, only my onboard video was working, KDE control center detected nothing. Downloaded the drivers from nvidia sparkled the installer. New boot and the monitors attached to nvidia were working in twinview mode. The desktop could be expanded to two monitors but not to the one attached to the onboard graphics. Now, I had this kind of old computer where I had two monitors attached and remembered that had to, at that time, edit xorg.conf to get them working. Two desktops, nvidia with two monitors and one with intel integrated. Hum, forgot the xinerama settings. New boot. Many years later I had to do the same thing. I really don't think that most of developers would care to edit xorg.conf to get things working. They probably would go back to Windows and to theirs known workflow. The same can be applied, even though less troublesome, to wireless connection.

Now, on servers, the unix way of doing things shows its strength. But as a workstation, the user needs a commitment. That is why I see so many using Macs or Windows for development, I guess.

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