Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:46 UTC
Linux "For years now, Linux has been a black sheep standing in the shadow of Apple and Microsoft. Despite having a fervent and enthusiastic following, the operating system hasn't been able to grab a sizable share of the computing market and has instead been content to subsist on the customers that come away dissatisfied with the mainstream competition. But that may be about to change. With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 on the horizon, some are saying Linux may have a great opportunity to steal a significant share of the market away from Microsoft, allowing it to finally take the helm as a major operating system service provider." This has to stop, and the only reason I'm linking to this nonsense is to make this very clear: Linux will not magically conquer the desktop or even make any significant gains because of Windows 8. People who don't like Windows 8 (Vista) will continue to use Windows 7 (Windows XP). This is getting so tiring. And does it even matter? Linux is winning big time in the mobile space, server space, and countless other spaces. The desktop is and always has been irrelevant to Linux.
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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 28th Aug 2012 23:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

I think you strongly underestimate the issue of ergonomics in the user interface. Interfaces which inhibit workflow, rather than helping it out can really strongly frustrate users (and for valid reasons). Since personal preferences can differ it can be to a degree subjective.

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RE[5]: Comment by shmerl
by tomcat on Wed 29th Aug 2012 00:27 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

I think you strongly underestimate the issue of ergonomics in the user interface. Interfaces which inhibit workflow, rather than helping it out can really strongly frustrate users (and for valid reasons). Since personal preferences can differ it can be to a degree subjective.


No, he had it right. It's borderline delusional thinking.

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RE[5]: Comment by shmerl
by bassbeast on Wed 29th Aug 2012 01:50 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Yes and for those people there is Classic Shell and Stardock's Start8, both free, both can be found by typing "how to kill metro" into Google, and both take less than 3 minutes to give Win 8 a stanard Win 7 style UI.

So tell me friend, which do YOU think will be harder for a user? Typing a single sentence into Google, followed by running a single program, or learning an entirely new OS, with new ways of finding and installing programs, new names for everything you use (and some things will have no equivalent so you'll have to deal with the mess that is Wine) and completely relearning how to get from point A to B?

The other guy nailed it, totally delusional.

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RE[6]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Wed 29th Aug 2012 02:41 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

It's delusional to think that "one fits all" idea will work for "all". Someone will always be upset. Balancing flexibility and functionality can satisfy enough users. Being too rigid or forcing stuff because "we know better how you are supposed to work" will upset enough users as well. Learn some design and ergonomics concepts if you wish.

Edited 2012-08-29 02:43 UTC

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