Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Jan 2014 10:06 UTC
Windows

Paul Thurrott on the next version of Windows and the future of the platform.

In some ways, the most interesting thing about Threshold is how it recasts Windows 8 as the next Vista. It's an acknowledgment that what came before didn't work, and didn't resonate with customers. And though Microsoft will always be able to claim that Windows 9 wouldn't have been possible without the important foundational work they had done first with Windows 8 - just as was the case with Windows 7 and Windows Vista - there's no way to sugarcoat this. Windows 8 has set back Microsoft, and Windows, by years, and possibly for good.

With even Paul Thurrott claiming Windows is in trouble, it becomes virtually impossible to deny it is so.

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RE[7]: Microsoft in transition
by lemur2 on Wed 15th Jan 2014 00:28 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Microsoft in transition"
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"I recommend don't upgrade an existing installation but rather just install the newer versions (after first testing it).

I recommend the same. I even have two versions of Kubuntu in every computer: the current and the old one, each one in their own partition.

This way if the current Linux installation would fail, I would still have the prior one. The former Linux installation is also available with its configuration files, and so they can be consulted later, etc.
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Given that disk space is not an issue these days, I also adopt that exact same practice of having two Linux OS installations at any one time, one of which I use only as a fallback. When I upgrade to a new version I over-write the fallback, I begin using the new version, and the version that I was formerly using becomes the new fallback. It would appear that we have both come up with the same solutions.

I normally leave out this detail in online discussions, however, because although it is simple to do it is complex to describe, and I fear that recommending it would only confuse people.

I do note however that doing something similar for Windows systems (i.e. having a fallback installation) would be extremely rare.

Edited 2014-01-15 00:29 UTC

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