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[2]: hmm
by PhilPotter on Fri 31st Jan 2014 12:47 UTC in reply to "RE: hmm"
PhilPotter
Member since:
2011-06-10

OK I'll bite - you have a point about the lack of a stable driver API, but please specify for me other than this what you consider "inferior" about the Linux driver model?

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RE[3]: hmm
by lucas_maximus on Fri 31st Jan 2014 13:05 in reply to "RE[2]: hmm"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

That is the big problem, always will be. Always has been.

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RE[4]: hmm
by PhilPotter on Fri 31st Jan 2014 14:06 in reply to "RE[3]: hmm"
PhilPotter Member since:
2011-06-10

It is a problem yes - only for hardware that is found to be unsupported however. What I take issue with is the original commenter's comparison with the (largely 16-bit) VxD concept as proof that Linux kernel modules are inferior in implementation. The facts as I see them just don't support this conclusion in any objective way.

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RE[3]: hmm
by moondevil on Fri 31st Jan 2014 16:24 in reply to "RE[2]: hmm"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08
RE[4]: hmm
by acobar on Fri 31st Jan 2014 23:55 in reply to "RE[3]: hmm"
acobar Member since:
2005-11-15

And here we go again:

"The Unix Hater’s Handbook, Reconsidered".

http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=538

But, yeah, lets pretend time has no effect on things.

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