Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Feb 2012 19:15 UTC
Windows For all intents and purposes, this is only a minor change, and were this any other operating system or graphical environment, it would never warrant an entire news item. However, we're talking Windows, the most popular desktop operating system of all time, here. After 17 years of trusty service, Microsoft has removed the Start button from the taskbar in the upcoming Consumer Preview release of Windows 8.
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RE: Comment by nbensa
by voodoo123 on Sun 5th Feb 2012 22:17 UTC in reply to "Comment by nbensa"
voodoo123
Member since:
2011-03-24

It does appear that they are once again copying Linux window managers. Win7 felt much like KDE when I first used it and Win8 is much in the direction of Gnome shell. I do feel like Gnome is still much more suited to multitasking than Win8 is. That may be just a personal opinion and not a fact, but Gnome shell still lets you work around a task bar much more readily and gives a better view/easier access to what is currently running.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Microsoft does with Win8 in the near future with the beta though, as I really do want to see if they can work the kinks out of the new Metro interface. At current, I see it nothing more than a gimmick for a PC window manager. On a tablet it will work great, but not on my desktop, or anyone's desktop that really needs to get a lot of work done.

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RE[2]: Comment by nbensa
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 5th Feb 2012 22:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by nbensa"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Win7 felt much like KDE when I first used it and Win8 is much in the direction of Gnome shell.


Uh... What? Where do you people GET this stuff?

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RE[3]: Comment by nbensa
by thavith_osn on Sun 5th Feb 2012 22:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by nbensa"
thavith_osn Member since:
2005-07-11

I thought I got it and to be honest, I was very excited (and I'm an Apple guy), but when I used the public version last year I "un-got" it. I now have no idea what MS is trying to do.

But I'll give W8 the benefit of the doubt and hold my opinion until it is released (as you should), but right now, I'm not excited anymore...

I did think the Start Menu it the first public beta was a shambles, so it's good to hear they are looking into that, I thought they would.

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RE[3]: Comment by nbensa
by voodoo123 on Mon 6th Feb 2012 03:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by nbensa"
voodoo123 Member since:
2011-03-24

Uh... What? Where do you people GET this stuff?


To be fair, I was referring more to KDE 3.5. In this respect it was the large task bar and overall feel of the GUI that reminded me of it. As far as Win8 being like Gnome shell, this stems from the lack of "Start" menus or drop down menus (read as Gnome 2) and consolidating in a screen that completely overlaps your desktop.

I'm sure not everyone felt this way, but those were my impressions upon using it.

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RE[3]: Comment by nbensa
by chithanh on Mon 6th Feb 2012 11:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by nbensa"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

When first beta of the Windows 7 appeared, many people noted the similarity between Gadgets and Plasmoids.

For example in this infamous screenshot (don't be fooled by the date): http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/8498/emuelldesktopgadgetsc6d.png

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

From my perspective, it very much feels like Win 7 is a bastardized version of KDE 4.

What really happened is KDE took some good ideas from windows 7 and made them better. Plus, its smooth Linux underneath just makes it feel so much better than jerk-tacular windows. Its really frustrating and limiting when I have to muck around windows 7.

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