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Bought a new Win8 laptop last week...
by gagol on Mon 13th May 2013 00:12 UTC
gagol
Member since:
2012-05-16

As far as I can tell, Windows 8 stands for "8 minutes before you want to erase the disk and install anything else". I booted into it for the sake of trying it, did not like it a bit and plugged in my favorite usb disk loaded with a linux installer. I still run XP64 in a virtual machine for Photoshop and such.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I still run XP64 in a virtual machine for Photoshop and such.


That's the thing about Windows - inferior OS, superior apps. And the FOSS community really doesn't do themselves any favors by releasing many of Linux's best apps on Windows. Just ensures that Windows users have the best of both worlds, giving them little incentive to switch.

As for Windows 8, we've talked about this at length in another thread, but I got used to it faster than Windows 7. When I upgraded from XP to 7, I found that MS had re-arranged the entire control panel and most of the settings dialogs, forcing me to relearn where everything was. Compared to that, adjusting to the new start screen was a breeze ;)

Now I like Windows 8, esp things like task bars on multiple monitors, native ISO mounting, a decent task/startup manager, the ability to pause while copying, and a handful of other things I used to have to install 3rd party utils for. If you ignore metro and stay in the desktop, it really is superior to Win7, and I would never go back, unless forced to.

Edited 2013-05-13 00:20 UTC

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gagol Member since:
2012-05-16

For the record, I have been using Linux full time for over 6 years now ;-) I may come to a rough edge now and then but I really like being able to configure my system exactly how I like it. Others may enjoy Windows 8/7/Whatever and this is fine. I just dont!

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GraphiteCube Member since:
2009-04-01

... forcing me to relearn where everything was...


May I know why you prefer memorizing "where" is the function instead of "search" for the function?

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

And the FOSS community really doesn't do themselves any favors by releasing many of Linux's best apps on Windows. Just ensures that Windows users have the best of both worlds, giving them little incentive to switch.


Hmm... I disagree.

Once I had all my family members using Firefox and Chromium, LibreOffice, Inkscape, and a multitude of other cross-platform applications instead of Windows-only options - I was able to swap out Windows entirely for Linux, and the learning curve was minimal.

At one point, my kids were using a Linux Mint laptop I had lying around in my office and didn't really care - because all the same app icons were present that they were used to on the windows machines.

Cross platform apps are a stepping stone to "freedom".

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kompak Member since:
2011-06-14

That's the thing about Windows - inferior OS, superior apps. And the FOSS community really doesn't do themselves any favors by releasing many of Linux's best apps on Windows. Just ensures that Windows users have the best of both worlds, giving them little incentive to switch.


If the original developers don't realease a Windows build some one else will and if you prohibit that it's no longer FOSS.

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sgtarky Member since:
2006-01-02

use gimp?

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gagol Member since:
2012-05-16

Gimp is really not there yet. I use it professionally... and illustrator, and after effect, and... you get the idea.

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Deviate_X Member since:
2005-07-11

As far as I can tell, Windows 8 stands for "8 minutes before you want to erase the disk and install anything else". I booted into it for the sake of trying it, did not like it a bit and plugged in my favorite usb disk loaded with a linux installer. I still run XP64 in a virtual machine for Photoshop and such.


Haha, Windows 8 has some usability issues, but running it in a VM multiplies that * 2

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gagol Member since:
2012-05-16

Learn to read: "I still run XP64 in a virtual machine".

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