Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 12:24 UTC
Windows "Microsoft has been furiously ripping out legacy code in Windows 8 that would have enabled third parties to bring back the Start button, Start Menu, and other software bits that could have made this new OS look and work like its predecessor. In fact, I've seen that several well-known UI hacks that worked fine with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview are no longer functional in the coming Release Preview. And those with hopes that Microsoft would allow businesses, at least, to boot directly to the desktop should prepare for disappointment. That feature not only isn't happening, it's being removed from Windows Server 12 (Windows 8's stable mate) as well." When you buy a new machine later this year, you will use Metro, an environment wholly inferior, incomplete, and not at all ready to replace the traditional desktop in any way, shape, or form. Whether you like it or not.
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RE: Comment by marcp
by MollyC on Fri 1st Jun 2012 04:25 UTC in reply to "Comment by marcp"
MollyC
Member since:
2006-07-04

Yeah, like the average user has any say on what Ubuntu does. What, you think the average user is going to fork Ubuntu or GNOME or KDE or Unity if he/she doesn't like it? Open source's "openness" is largely theoretical. As a practical matter, the typical user is stuck with whatever the devs decide to do as much as with closed source.

And spare me the "we have early initiatives ... the revolution has started" nonsense. OSS devs spend so much time just copying what the closed source devs do, that it's hilarious for them to claim some sort of technical supremacy.

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by bert64 on Fri 1st Jun 2012 22:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

You have plenty of choice...
Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Mint, Fedora... Don't like one distro? use another. MS don't give you this option.

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RE[3]: Comment by marcp
by bassbeast on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 07:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

And XP is good until 2014, Vista until 2017, and Win 7 until 2020, so you have choices there too. me and my family will skip Win 8 and if Win 9 isn't as nice as Win 7 we'll skip it too. maybe when the OEMs have bled enough cash and start threatening to go to Linux again Ballmer will wake up and smell the fail.

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