Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Aug 2016 21:28 UTC
Windows

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was released earlier this evening, and I dutifully installed it so that I could write about any oddities that might pop up. Well, a number of oddities have popped up, and they're bad - really bad. The Anniversary Update does some really shady stuff during installation that it doesn't inform you of at all until after the fact.

First, the Anniversary Update reinstalls Skype "for you", even if you had it uninstalled earlier, which in and of itself is a blatant disregard for users - I uninstalled it for a reason, and I'd like Microsoft to respect that. That in and of itself is bad enough, but here's the kicker: during installation, Microsoft also automatically logs you into Skype, so that possible Skype contacts can just start calling or messaging you - again, without ever asking for the user's consent.

Imagine my surprise when I open that useless Metro notification center thing - whose button now sits in the bottom right of the task bar, right of the clock, even, and is unremovable - and see that Skype is now installed, and that I'm logged in. This is a blatant disregard for users, and I'm sure tons of users will be unpleasantly surprised to see Microsoft forcing Skype down their throats.

There was an even bigger surprise, though: during installation of the Anniversary Update, Microsoft apparently flags Classic Shell - a popular Start menu replacement that gives Windows 10 a customisable Start menu that doesn't suck - as incompatible with the Anniversary Update, and just straight-up deletes hides it from your computer - again, without ever notifying you beforehand or asking you for your permission.

Update: actually, the application isn't removed entirely - it's still there in the Program Files folder, but it's entirely scrapped from search results and the Start menu. Effectively, for most users, that's identical to removing it. What an incredibly odd and user-hostile way of dealing with this. You can see how the wording in the screenshot below is confusing regarding the removing vs. hiding issue.

Classic Shell released an update to fix the compatibility issue detected, so I hope my settings are still there somewhere, because it'd suck having to redo all of them because Microsoft just randomly deleted a program from my computer hid a program, without informing me or asking me for my permission. It could've just disabled the program, prevented it from running - why delete hide it entirely? Are they that desperate to try and get me to use their terrible excuse for a Start menu?

So, just in case you're about to install this update - Microsoft will force Skype down your throat, and may randomly delete hide programs from your computer without asking for your permission.

Have fun.

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RE[2]: There's no free lunch
by Morgan on Wed 3rd Aug 2016 13:48 UTC in reply to "RE: There's no free lunch"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

If you don't already use Steam (and I understand if you don't, it is after all a DRM scheme at its core), maybe create an account and port in your existing Windows games to your Steam library (backing up your original software of course). Then, install Steam on Linux, and allow it to install the Linux compatible versions of any of the games in your library. Make sure Steam is set to report to the hardware/software survey, and you've just successfully voted for more Linux gaming support.

Last I heard, Linux was up a whole 0.02% in Steam's hardware/software survey. That's absolutely pathetic, and the only way Valve will continue its efforts to port as many games as possible to Linux is to see more people using it.

I wish there was a way to get other, superior (from a DRM-free standpoint) game publishers to port to Linux or even better, do native Linux development. I know GOG.com is generally positive towards Linux but they don't go out of their way to push the platform live Valve does. But the more you blog about it, post in forums about it, and just play your Linux games and allow them to be reported to Steam, the more the word gets out.

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