Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Jan 2014 00:15 UTC
Windows

HP really wants people to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine. The PC maker has been emailing customers over the weekend noting that "Windows 7 is back." A new promotion, designed to entice people to select Windows 7 over Windows 8 with $150 of "savings," has launched on HP's website with a "back by popular demand" slogan. The move is clearly designed to position Windows 7 over Microsoft's touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.

Windows 8.x is just fine. Nothing's wrong with it. It's all the users' fault. Windows 8.x is just fine. Nothing's wrong with it. It's all the users' fault. Windows 8.x is just fine. Nothing's wrong with it. It's all the users' fault. Windows 8.x is just fine. Nothing's wrong with it. It's all the users' fault.

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RE[2]: Except...
by No it isnt on Tue 21st Jan 2014 21:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Except..."
No it isnt
Member since:
2005-11-14

Can you get rid of the Charms menus as well? Trying to do things with a trackpad tends to make background windows jump to the foreground, and weird things just inexplicably happen for no good reason at all. It's fantastically bad UI design for laptops. I wonder who came up with the idea of switching applications without the user actively doing something, i.e. clicking. Trying to find the mouse pointer should not be interpreted as a user action.

I work at a college, helping lots of people with computer related stuff, and Windows 8 is the only OS I've heard middle-aged women volunteer their opinion on. It's not positive. Younger students will of course say what they please about anything, and they all seem to agree.

In a way, the apologists for Windows 8 remind me of Linux advocates in the late 90s: if you don't like it, you can just configure it as you please. But that's not good enough. Defaults matter. The difference is just that Linux didn't have downright insane defaults.

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by Darkmage on Tue 21st Jan 2014 22:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Except..."
Darkmage Member since:
2006-10-20

This is a bit of a troll post, but seriously? earlier in this thread people are getting excited about native ISO mounting? Welcome to 1998 Linux people. Microsoft haven't innovated anything in the last decade. If it wasn't for the productivity/business apps, Windows wouldn't even have the market share they currently do. Watching people get excited when Microsoft rip off another feature Linux has had for a decade is getting silly.

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by WorknMan on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 00:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Except..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

If it wasn't for the productivity/business apps, Windows wouldn't even have the market share they currently do.


Right, you mean like the primary reason why most people use a desktop OS, vs those that live in their parents' basement and love to jerk off while staring at their uptime statistics? As a friend of mine once said... I don't like Windows. I like what I can run on Windows.

Watching people get excited when Microsoft rip off another feature Linux has had for a decade is getting silly.


Back in 1997-ish, it took me 3 days just to get a GUI up and running, after screwing with those X config files. But yay for ISO mounting, when nobody could actually use the f**king thing.

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by Dano on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 02:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Except..."
Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

Windows does well over other OS's for a few major reasons. 1. Obviously the largest software library, 2. Best driver support, 3. Great development tools and technologies baked in like Visual Studio and .NET framework, 4. Stable and upgrades don't break your setup for the most part...and if they do you can roll them back, 5. NT kernel is still amazing, 6. Solid compatibility with old software, 6. (arguably) SQL Server rocks!, 7. Even Windows 8 with it's polarizing interface blows the doors off of the software and desktop managers that come with desktop Linux. Comparing any distribution to even Windows XP is not even a contest and XP is dead man. UNIX is old technology.

Edited 2014-01-22 02:30 UTC

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RE[3]: Except...
by WorknMan on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 00:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Except..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Can you get rid of the Charms menus as well?


In Windows 8.1 (not sure about 8), you can disable the charms menu.

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