Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jan 2014 23:13 UTC
Windows

Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1. While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the "Metro" interface at boot, sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the upcoming "Update 1" for Windows 8.1 will enable this by default. Like many other changes in Update 1, we’re told the reason for the reversal is to improve the OS for keyboard and mouse users.

Wow, a touch interface does not work with a mouse and keyboard. Who saw that coming.

I expect photos of many people eating crow.

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RE[4]: hmm
by reduz on Fri 31st Jan 2014 03:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: hmm"
reduz
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I got a Vaio with Windows 8 last year, after a few weeks, windows 8 decided to stop booting. Recovery failed and ended up in recovery not working.

I thought it was faulty hardware, so i did mem and disk check from an ubuntu livecd but found nothing. Frustrated of not being able to reinstall Windows, I installed Ubuntu, which worked absolutely flawlessly for months.

To my surprise, the hardware worked much better under linux. Even the Wifi adapter, which lost connection every hour or two uner Windows did fine on Ubuntu.

But I still needed Windows for many things, so I found out that downloading the official OEM ISO of my windows version and installing it worked because the serial is in the bios now. Why doesn't Microsoft make this OEM available? Beats me.

Installed Windows 8 back and the official Vaio driver package, made sure to disable secureboot so it behaved well with Ubuntu, then upgraded to Windows 8.1. After a few days, 8.1 decided to stop working, so went back to Ubuntu.

So, whathever, I've simply never seen Windows fail so much on new hardware. I just can't believe that Ubuntu is working better.

Edited 2014-01-31 04:00 UTC

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