[olug] Windows 8

T. J. Brumfield enderandrew at gmail.com
Wed Sep 28 03:14:50 UTC 2011

I don't like that you won't be able to dual-boot on an OEM machine (this is
technically up to the OEM's to decide to put in a BIOS option to disable
Secure UEFI boot, but don't count on it). I don't like that the application
switcher is gone. I don't like that I have to boot to a tablet interface on
a desktop, even if it is only a momentary delay to then load the "Desktop"

It looks pretty, but Microsoft with each subsequent release takes the same
tasks and makes them more difficult. I don't care if the UI looks better. If
I need to jump through extra hoops to perform the same task, then it is a UI

I did really enjoy Aero Snap and Aero Peek in 7, but I don't see UI wins
like those in 8 yet. I want to play with it hands on, but I don't see a
compelling reason to run it yet.

And I am confused by Microsoft claiming:

1 - That their tablets will run on ARM
2 - That there will be no emulation layer to allow x86 code to run on ARM
3 - Windows 8 tablets will be the first tablets that run all your desktop

Somehow that doesn't add up. The same thing with the claim they've made that
you can "reset" your computer that will keep your documents, settings and
applications. In reality, your apps are all wiped, and then it reinstalls
apps purchased from the new Windows App Store. Between these two claims, I
wonder if Microsoft is somewhat saying "screw all legacy apps. The future is
with HTML5/Tile apps in the Windows App Store."

Isn't that a bit insane, wiping away most people's reasons to stay with

-- T. J.

On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 10:07 PM, ned mcnally <ned.mcnally at gmail.com> wrote:

> I know this is a Linux group, but what do you guys think so far about
> Windows 8?
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