Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 21:25 UTC
Windows The Windows 8 release Preview has been released, so go out and get it, test it, and wax lyrically, or complain loudly. I'm installing it as we speak, so no word, thoughts, or impressions from me yet. Like it or hate it, at least have fun, folks.
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RE[5]: Waste of plastic.
by tomcat on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 00:48 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Waste of plastic."
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Much of what you're complaining about is pure BS driven by ignorance of what's actually available to solve your issues.

My experience with that wretched Start screen and the lack of a Start menu on the traditional desktop, combined with the pure shittiness of traditional keyboard-and-mouse control on a desktop setup in Metro (face it: ITS GUI BELONGS ON A PORTABLE TOUCHSCREEN DEVICE), plus Microsoft forcing you to create an online account to download these supposedly amazing Metro "apps" and pushing a cloud-type setup is... just something I refuse to f--k with.

StarDock offers a FREE utility to restore the Start Menu.

They're forcing us to create Windows "cloud" accounts just to install these supposedly amazing Metro "apps"

Wrong. You aren't required to create a cloud account at all.

... while at the same time trying to force us out of the traditional desktop by making its use as inconvenient and unpleasant as possible.

See above. Rinse. Wash. Repeat.

They're furthermore blocking ALL other operating systems out of any ARM-based Windows 8 machines using so-called "trusted computing" (I prefer the FSF's term for the acronym, it's more accurate...) unless they pay up like Red Hat/Fedora.

Nonsense. UEFI is a boot specification that can be implemented by any vendor and ARM. Red Hat/Fedora are free to do precisely that.

They're also providing a traditional Windows/desktop version of Internet Explorer, while blocking other companies from releasing traditional desktop versions of their browsers.

Whoopie sh-t. They have zero marketshare in ARM.

They're removing the ability to develop traditional desktop applications from the basic version of, eh, Visual Basic.

Nonsense. Get a current RTM version of Visual Studio, and run it on Win8 to develop desktop apps.

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