Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:27 UTC
Windows As you may have seen, David's been taking care of OSNews for a few days because I'm quite busy with work. Still, there's one thing I'd like to talk about: the desktop mode in Windows 8. I wish I could've added this to the first impressions article, but I only arrived at this conclusion yesterday: desktop mode in Windows 8 is Microsoft's equivalent of Mac OS X's Classic mode.
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RE[2]: Metro
by Gone fishing on Wed 7th Mar 2012 09:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Metro"
Gone fishing
Member since:
2006-02-22

Things change, During the Vista débâcle we saw the rise of Apple, Windows 7 allowed MS to recover somewhat, during this time Linux has grown slowly on the Desktop. However, it has made in roads in other areas and Desktop Linux has slowly improved. If some of Canonicals plans come together we will see Ubuntu take off in various new areas, and this may well renew interest in the Desktop.

One problem with Desktop Linux has been the willingness of a big player to take the plunge this may change.

Edit I do hate mouse taps on laptop tracker pads - forgot to turn it off on this new install of 12.04

Edited 2012-03-07 09:42 UTC

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RE[3]: Metro
by DhulKarnain on Wed 7th Mar 2012 14:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Metro"
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2009-11-03

Folks who dislike Metro sure as hell won't embrace Unity, HUD and global menu with open arms, I can tell you that. Linux failed to grab any significant market share from the disaster that was Vista, and nothing will change in that regard with Win8.

They'll just keep running Win7 for the next 5 or so years (and since MS recently announced the extension of lifecycle support, there will hardly be any major impetus for an OS change).

IMO Metro on desktop will most likely fail (not that windows based tablets will be a resounding success - iPad cornered that market a year ago), thereby forcing MS to keep extending Win7 support for a far longer amount of time than they wanted. Or perhaps they make a "classic" edition of Win9 or something similar, and keep the current desktop metaphor alive.

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RE[4]: Metro
by dnebdal on Wed 7th Mar 2012 14:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Metro"
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2008-08-27

Folks who dislike Metro sure as hell won't embrace Unity, HUD and global menu with open arms, I can tell you that. Linux failed to grab any significant market share from the disaster that was Vista, and nothing will change in that regard with Win8.


What about KDE4, with a "normal" task bar and start menu? In a way, it's a more conservative choice than Win8, Lion, Union or Gnome3.

Not that I think it will get any massive amounts of new users, but I don't think it's going to lose too many either.

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RE[4]: Metro
by Gone fishing on Thu 8th Mar 2012 09:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Metro"
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

Two points

1 HUD is basically non existent in 12.04 it's a feature you can try if you wish. However, when fully up and running it might be good, certainly better than having to Google where something is on the ribbon.

2 People may use a Unity Desktop if they used to using it on there TVs etc.

It's a dangerous thing to look into the future an predict what will happen.

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