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Why you should avoid buying Windows 8

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Phenomic    0

So here is Mint 13 on my 2nd machine running Windows 7 and 2000, everything is in Windows Classic Look. ;)

Pretty snazzy. Can you give Mint a Vista/Win7 (or even Longhorn) look?

--JorgeA

Mint has stayed away from transparent windows and other Windows-like bling. But there are Theme editors so you can bake your own. ;)

Same thing with gkrellm (right side of my desktop), a very useful app but its UI is very ugly, so I tweaked my own Theme with a text editor in less than 5 minutes. I’d be happy to upload it if anybody’s interested.

Ububtu is the most advanced distro but has the W8-like Mickey Mouse UI, however you can install Ubu 12.10 then add the MATE desktop with instructions in http://mate-desktop.org

Lots of choices

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Woomera    0

people need to stop complaining cause they dont know how to use windows 8 new features and design. if you dont like to try new things then go back to XP !

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jaclaz    910

people need to stop complaining cause they dont know how to use windows 8 new features and design. if you dont like to try new things then go back to XP !

I thought that people were complaining because they know perfectly well how to use windows 8 new features and design BUT simply hate them. :unsure:

jaclaz

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cruze1    0

I think windows 8 is more or less for the young people and cell phones.It's is not anything I would want on my Desk top or laptop for what I use a computer for. What it all comes down to is a person's personal preference !

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JorgeA    607

I think windows 8 is more or less for the young people and cell phones.It's is not anything I would want on my Desk top or laptop for what I use a computer for. What it all comes down to is a person's personal preference !

+1 to everything you said!

If only Microsoft hadn't forgotten/neglected that concept of user choice, this thread might have developed in a totally different direction.

--JorgeA

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JorgeA    607

win 8 = "modern" win 3.1

Right on!!

Basically, the Metro side of Win8 features a program launcher (the Start Screen) with no taskbar showing open applications, just like the Win3.1 Program Manager.

I never warmed up to that idea in Windows 3.11, why would I like it in Windows 8?

--JorgeA

P.S. (and OT): Looking at your signature, in 2012 how could someone try out those Longhorn builds?

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Nuno Brito    0

Basically, the Metro side of Win8 features a program launcher (the Start Screen) with no taskbar showing open applications, just like the Win3.1 Program Manager.

I never warmed up to that idea in Windows 3.11, why would I like it in Windows 8?

Lest we not forget Microsoft Windows Bob around the Win 3.1/95 era.

Impressive how you can replace "Bob" with "8" and they still match so well.

For more info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Bob

:)

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xpclient    174

I believe everyone should just STOP upgrading their Windows because MS is too careless with their OS and they damage it in just as many ways as they improve it, ignore all feedback and then force it on you some day, whether you like it or not. Microsoft needs to be a more responsive-to-feedback and transparent company. With Sinofsky leaving, there's is little bit of hope but I am not sure Julie Green listens even a little bit to feedback either.

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vinifera    98

P.S. (and OT): Looking at your signature, in 2012 how could someone try out those Longhorn builds?

vmware 6.5 :P (not 6.05 but 6.5)

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jaclaz    910

Impressive how you can replace "Bob" with "8" and they still match so well.

For more info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Bob

The funny thing :unsure: is that when it came out, you were 14 or so :w00t: , and most probably you would have considered it "cool" ;).

If anyone needs/wants (BTW WHY?) to see it in all it's aberration, a number of educative screenshots are available here:

http://toastytech.com/guis/bob.html

And yes, BOB is also "responsible" for Comic Sans MS:

and consequent slow suicides :ph34r:

and for some of the senseless characters of the animated help in later versions such as "rover", BTW - and this says a lot of things about the Patent Office - the thingy has been patented:

http://nbnl.globalwhelming.com/2009/01/05/14-microsofts-weird-animated-characters-patents-you-have-never-seen-before/

http://www.google.com/patents/US5682469

jaclaz

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Tripredacus    283

I also had wanted something more out of Microsoft Bob. The strange thing about it is that it is designed to appear like a point and click adventure game. I knew it wasn't a game but I was always interested in the concept of it. I had no use for such a program as a kid as I didn't know anything about checkbooks or whatever else you could do in there. It probably made things more confusing for people than it needed to be. I'd expect that adults didn't like it because it looked too much like a game, and kids didn't like it because it looked like a game but wasn't.

The Packard Bell version may be slightly cooler since you get to see your 3D house... but hope it doesn't rain because there is no roof.

http://toastytech.com/guis/pbnav35.html

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CoffeeFiend    0

Indeed. Saying that it's because people are unable or unwilling to adapt to changes is condescending and absurd. Loads of us adapted from 8 bit computers all the way to Win7 with zero problems, and that's including a lot of non-MS operating systems. But Win8 is just a huge step back in usability on a desktop and I will not have any of that. It seems to me like an OS only complete novices could possibly like. Highly inefficient, crippled, backwards and severely dumbed-down but it's probably easy to use by kids who've only ever used touch-phone like devices before and who don't need to do much besides checking facebook.

I think it's by far the worst version not only of Windows, but of all their operating systems since MS DOS 3.x at least. It even makes Vista seem like a nice upgrade. If MS continues in that direction they're going to find themselves in big trouble pretty quickly.

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vinifera    98

use by kids who've only ever used touch-phone like devices before and who don't need to do much besides checking facebook.

exactly

the spoiled stupid brats with no brain

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