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[3]: Metro
by DhulKarnain on Wed 7th Mar 2012 14:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Metro"
DhulKarnain
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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[5]: Metro
by DhulKarnain on Wed 7th Mar 2012 16:16 in reply to "RE[4]: Metro"
DhulKarnain Member since:
2009-11-03

Yeah, I would agree that KDE4 represents the most conservative (also, most sane) approach to the desktop right now.

Alas, Win7 is just too popular with the crowd (right now at around 40% of the market share and growing as more and more XP holdouts upgrade their systems) and will keep serving the needs of the ordinary Joes, so I really have a hard time seeing even a 5% exodus from Winworld to Linux.

Sure, MacOS will pick up some Metro refugees but high price barrier will never allow Macs to command any substantial piece of the market.

Remember, Macs don't come with carrier subsidies like iPhones or iPads do, so many people are unable to justify dishing that much cash upfront for a Mac, however user-friendly and works-out-of-the-box it may be (especially in the non-American markets where Macs are insultingly overpriced and almost always 6-9 months behind the US models).

Edited 2012-03-07 16:17 UTC

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RE[4]: Metro
by Gone fishing on Thu 8th Mar 2012 09:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Metro"
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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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