Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Nov 2012 15:49 UTC
Windows "Yesterday my desktop died, and so I went ahead and got a brand new Windows 8 laptop. It's always been my feeling that as years go on, user experience has been going down for people who use a computer and the Internet, because of decisions all companies make that are clearly anti-user, either because they think they know best, or in many cases, for financial gains. But from spending all night reinstalling everything and customizing the laptop, I realized just how bad it has become." Probably the biggest reason to go Mac or Linux. Such a shame Microsoft found it more important to pressure OEMs into silly Secure Boot nonsense instead of doing something about the anti-user crapware disaster. Goes to show who Microsoft cares about. Hint: it ain't you.
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Ubuntu is doing the same
by Invincible Cow on Sun 11th Nov 2012 16:22 UTC
Invincible Cow
Member since:
2006-06-24

Ubuntu is going the same way by showing search results from Amazon in the dash. Yes, they added a last-minute option to disable it, but the point that the OS should't be full of crapware out of the box is still valid.

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RE: Ubuntu is doing the same
by moondevil on Sun 11th Nov 2012 16:31 in reply to "Ubuntu is doing the same"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

The problem is that as long as OEMs exist, this scenario is not going away.

- ZX Spectrum bundles
- Comodore 64 bundles
- Atari ST bundles
- Amiga bundles
- MS-DOS bundles
- Windows bundles
- Symbian operator customizations
- Android operator and OEM customizations
- Linux netbook distributions (e.g. Linpus, Express Gate)
- ...

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Earl C Pottinger Member since:
2008-07-12

Sorry, but right up to the Amiga *NONE* of the bundled software was installed into your computer and running in the background whether you wanted it or not.

It only was when bundles came installed in the OS itself did users run into problems.

Go further back if you want to talk about bundles, many CPM systems came with them, but as far as I know on microcomputers you did not get this software forced onto you in such a manner that you had problems disabling the installed bundles until Windows came along.

And even then the early Windows bundles were easy to remove and did not add all sort of hidden code to your booting system.

Edited 2012-11-11 16:57 UTC

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RE[2]: Ubuntu is doing the same
by MOS6510 on Mon 12th Nov 2012 05:39 in reply to "RE: Ubuntu is doing the same"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

The Commodore Plus/4 actually came installed with not-so-good software, 4 of them (hence the name).

"Unfortunately, the application suite, featuring a word processor, spreadsheet, database, and graphing, was completely inadequate for the Plus/4's originally intended market of business and professional users."

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_Plus/4

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RE: Ubuntu is doing the same
by NuxRo on Sun 11th Nov 2012 18:20 in reply to "Ubuntu is doing the same"
NuxRo Member since:
2010-09-25

Oh yeah, Ubuntu is definitely getting there.

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RE: Ubuntu is doing the same
by lemur2 on Mon 12th Nov 2012 11:08 in reply to "Ubuntu is doing the same"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Ubuntu is going the same way by showing search results from Amazon in the dash. Yes, they added a last-minute option to disable it, but the point that the OS should't be full of crapware out of the box is still valid.


Just run Kubuntu instead. Doing this kills two birds with one stone - it avoids the "results from Amazon in the dash" problem and delivers a better desktop as a bonus.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Can there be a comment where you don't mention KDE and/or Linux?

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