Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jul 2012 23:39 UTC
Windows Ars Technica is running an interesting article about the Mail application on Windows 8. It's one of the first party Metro applications, and Ars' conclusion is that it's really, really not up to snuff - it can't even compare favourably to the mail application on Windows Phone. The sad thing is, however - this applies to virtually all Metro applications.
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RE[6]: Too many platforms
by moondevil on Mon 16th Jul 2012 05:59 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Too many platforms"
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

Windows has xp, vista, 7, 8; various servers; WinPhone 7; winphone8; now we have a seperate ARM version


Have you ever counted the amount of Linux distributions available in Distrowatch, each with different set of APIs, many ignorant of the LSB, disparate packet systems, development tools, ...?

Just today I can see around 300.

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RE[7]: Too many platforms
by Soulbender on Mon 16th Jul 2012 06:44 in reply to "RE[6]: Too many platforms"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

You are both wrong.

a) The API differences between xp, vista, 7 and 8 are minuscule.

b) The API differences between different Linux distros are minuscule. Same goes for development tools.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I did groceries on the weekend and was shocked, SHOCKED I say, to find that there where several options to choose from in every product category.

Ok, jokes aside, if we're being honest then it's not every potential Linux based OS distribution versus X. We're comparing fragmentation to Windows; a single vendor's OS distribution. We need OS distributions which intent to compete for desktop installs.

Novell? Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop and Suse Linux Enterprise Server.

Red Hat? Red Hat Enterprise Linux (server) plus a desktop option.

Mandriva? Three versions when I was last in that world; Free, One and whatever the paid premium was.

Canonical? Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Ubuntu Server?

That's four major vendor options with a maximum of three product versions each? Should we look back at Microsoft's list of current version Windows OS SKU?

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RE[7]: Too many platforms
by Laurence on Wed 18th Jul 2012 15:16 in reply to "RE[6]: Too many platforms"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


Have you ever counted the amount of Linux distributions available in Distrowatch, each with different set of APIs, many ignorant of the LSB, disparate packet systems, development tools, ...?

Just today I can see around 300.

Actually most of them (if not all) will have API compatibility. The differences between distros is largely only skin deep.

And LSB just states states what must exist, not the default. Hence why Debian is LSB despite preferring .deb over RPMs; because Debian also offers support for RPMs even if it doesn't prefer them.

The real issue between Linuxes is with API version numbers between bleeding edge distros and the older / stable-focused distros. Which is why package managers come into their own. However that's akin to compiling a .NET 3 application and then complaining that it doesn't work on .NET 2.

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