Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Mar 2017 23:34 UTC
Windows

I've led the charge against Microsoft's advertising efforts in Windows, noting back in 2012 that the software giant cheapened Windows 8 with ads. Despite my warnings about a slippery slope - Microsoft would only escalate its in-box advertising down the road, I cautioned - Windows 10, sadly, was even worse. And now the Creators Update is coming, bringing with it yet another escalation of in-product advertising. Most notably, and most disturbingly, in File Explorer.

iOS and Android do the same thing, where they pester you left and right with ads for nonsense like music services or cloud storage. It's user-hostile and infuriating.

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RE: Just stop using Windows
by chrish on Mon 13th Mar 2017 14:55 UTC in reply to "Just stop using Windows"
chrish
Member since:
2005-07-14

I gave up a few years ago and use Windows. Think of it as a calculated risk.

Why?

As I got older, I became less tolerant of screwing around with things. I just want things to work, with a minimum amount of downtime. I used a Mac for quite a while, but I can't justify the premium for the hardware, and Apple's really been ignoring OS X and the Mac for far too long.

If I spent less of my free time playing video games, I could probably put up with Mint or something, but things like Fallout 4 and The Witcher aren't likely to run well on Linux.

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RE[2]: Just stop using Windows
by darknexus on Mon 13th Mar 2017 18:20 in reply to "RE: Just stop using Windows"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I have to say that I'd rather Apple ignore Macs for a while than do this bullshit to MacOS. At this point, it would be nice if Microsoft would "ignore" Windows for a few years too.

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RE[2]: Just stop using Windows
by Jokel on Tue 14th Mar 2017 08:43 in reply to "RE: Just stop using Windows"
Jokel Member since:
2006-06-01

I use Linux (Mint Cinnamon) as my main OS, and dual-boot with Windows 8.1.

As much as it hurts me to say, I need to dual boot simply because some software (Cubase 9 and VST's like Omnisphere, Trilian, Stylus RMX, FM8, Absynth 5 and so on) will not run with low enough latency (if at all) under Linux. There are some very positive developments like Bitwig 2 for Linux, but there is still the problem with VST's (although there are interesting developments going on). I do a lot more music production on Linux than I did in the past though.

And the second ones are indeed games. Although more and more games are ported to Linux (thank you Steam and GOG), the "big" titles I am interested in (upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda for instance) sadly do not (yet?) run under Linux.

As said, I use dual boot. But all my "real" work (apart from a sizable chunk of music production) is done on Linux. All my important data is stored on Ext4 partitions, so it's not accessible from Windows. I only use a relatively small ntfs exchange partition (that is also network shared) to share data between the two OS.

It's a setup that works very well, and every piece of software that is ported to Linux can be tested until I can safely remove it from Windows. Needless to say I do spend less and less time in Windows, but it's not time to do totally without it (yet).

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RE[3]: Just stop using Windows
by Alfman on Tue 14th Mar 2017 10:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Just stop using Windows"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Jokel,

As said, I use dual boot. But all my "real" work (apart from a sizable chunk of music production) is done on Linux. All my important data is stored on Ext4 partitions, so it's not accessible from Windows. I only use a relatively small ntfs exchange partition (that is also network shared) to share data between the two OS.


I haven't had trouble mounting NTFS in linux and EXTFS in windows (I can't remember which driver I use, windows e2fs or something).

I just wish they could share logical volume management. I've been using LVM in linux for years and it's been wonderful to allocate & resize volumes as needed, but windows is stuck on a fixed parition.

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