Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jan 2014 23:13 UTC
Windows

Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1. While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the "Metro" interface at boot, sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the upcoming "Update 1" for Windows 8.1 will enable this by default. Like many other changes in Update 1, we’re told the reason for the reversal is to improve the OS for keyboard and mouse users.

Wow, a touch interface does not work with a mouse and keyboard. Who saw that coming.

I expect photos of many people eating crow.

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RE[4]: hmm
by reduz on Fri 31st Jan 2014 03:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: hmm"
reduz
Member since:
2006-02-25

I got a Vaio with Windows 8 last year, after a few weeks, windows 8 decided to stop booting. Recovery failed and ended up in recovery not working.

I thought it was faulty hardware, so i did mem and disk check from an ubuntu livecd but found nothing. Frustrated of not being able to reinstall Windows, I installed Ubuntu, which worked absolutely flawlessly for months.

To my surprise, the hardware worked much better under linux. Even the Wifi adapter, which lost connection every hour or two uner Windows did fine on Ubuntu.

But I still needed Windows for many things, so I found out that downloading the official OEM ISO of my windows version and installing it worked because the serial is in the bios now. Why doesn't Microsoft make this OEM available? Beats me.

Installed Windows 8 back and the official Vaio driver package, made sure to disable secureboot so it behaved well with Ubuntu, then upgraded to Windows 8.1. After a few days, 8.1 decided to stop working, so went back to Ubuntu.

So, whathever, I've simply never seen Windows fail so much on new hardware. I just can't believe that Ubuntu is working better.

Edited 2014-01-31 04:00 UTC

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RE[5]: hmm
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 31st Jan 2014 04:43 in reply to "RE[4]: hmm"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Yeah... here I have no choice but to rely on Wi-Fi (the router is in the basement, I am in the attic...), and while I haven't been in Windows long enough to tell how its wireless performance is in comparison to openSUSE's, I can say one thing: Windows f***ing LIES about the connection/signal quality. Linux (I use the i3bar in the i3 window manager) typically tells me anywhere from 50-60% signal strength, but sometimes reaches the low-40s percentages due to interference, at which point the connection starts dropping and speed is reduced. Reboot into Windows, and the damn OS keeps telling me that I've got "max" signal strength (five or six bars or whatever), while refusing to let me browse web pages and telling me "Limited Connectivity".

BTW I just disabled the "Fast Start" option in Windows, did a few test reboots to see if it would stop responding again, and the third time was the charm. It did, in fact, lock up while attempting to log in on the third reboot (didn't even get to the "Start" screen), so it's back to Linux, where things just work without hassle. Microsoft better do more than hide Metro by default in Win8.1u1: they better fix their buggy software so the damn operating system actually reliably boots for once! This is outright ridiculous. Is this what we get with their new ultra-fast release cycle? Even-buggier-than-usual junk?

Edited 2014-01-31 04:51 UTC

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RE[5]: hmm
by lucas_maximus on Fri 31st Jan 2014 13:03 in reply to "RE[4]: hmm"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I just can't believe that Ubuntu is working better


I can't believe it either.

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