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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Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

Don't be so quick to judge; it is entirely possible that Jones was testing on unsupported or older hardware. When I tried the Windows 8 Release Preview several months ago, it was on a machine with an older Radeon onboard video processor. Windows 8 not only didn't recognize the hardware or provide a driver, it also wouldn't let me install the Windows 7 driver. This made the machine agonizingly slow, as most of the GUI in Windows 8 requires video acceleration.

Installing a modern Radeon HD 6570 card instantly solved the issue, and for the short time I used it, Windows 8 on supported hardware blew the pants off of Vista, the factory installed OS.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Well running it on unsupported hardware is a little silly isn't it?

BTW, I have run Win 8 on my VM at work and the experience is smother than Suse Linux or Ubuntu with the same VM settings.

Fedora works fine, but I am using the XFCE spin.

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Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

A couple things:

- First of all, the test computer was an EeePC, which performed reasonably well under Windows 7. I know I'm supposed to expect an EeePC to run like a sloth, but the fact is it works well enough under 7, and much less well under 8.

- The interface was slower than 7's even with transparency and other eyecandy disabled, so it's not like I was just boggled by the eyecandy-heavy defaults. Technically the video driver may be more to blame than the OS, but what do you think users will blame?

Also the sluggishness is kind of secondary IMO to the interface being really annoying.

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