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Comment: Re:It means more memory for great applications. (Score 1) 554

by norite (#48053039) Attached to: Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

"Microsoft deserves full credit for keeping their system size and complexity down over the past few revs"
Um, have you seen the size of a win8 install? It weighs in at around 17Gb

By contrast I can still fit a newly released version of a Linux Distro onto a single CD, DVD or memory stick

Comment: Re:But, will they learn from their mistake? (Score 1) 681

Ah, but the difference is, they introduce new features, and remove the existing options. Under KDE, they introduced the same gimped start menu that win7 ships with. I hate it. BUT....KDE give users a choice to use the standard kde 'start' menu, if they wanted to. Why is a massive company like microsoft seemingly incabable of realising that users need and want choice and customisation in how they want to do things? seriously, how hard is it to leave the start menu alone, but give users the choice to enable/disable it? Why can't I resize the start screen tiles to exactly whaetver size I want? or colour them anyway I like, or theme them, or give them some depth, or change the shitty boring icons to something more skeuomorphic, and pleasing to the eye, so that I actually know what they mean?

For win7, I have to install a 3rd party tool like classic shell in order use the normal start menu.

For a long time, there was this thing in software design, where users could customise to their hearts content and make things look the way they wanted to; now it's all about removing choice and options, and 'It's this way or nothing' mentaility. It's really poor thinking. Office 2013...there are 3, yes 3 colour schemes...blinding white, light grey, slightly darker grey. It looks fucking awful!!! It looks like a rough and ready beta version, where they couldn't be arsed to make it look decent.

Big reason why we switched to linux and never looked back. I'm grateful to the developers for giving us the choice in how we want to make things look.

How can you work when the system's so crowded?