What about the setting "Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays"
Was waiting for someone to mention that. It doesn't work. I have noticed no appreciable effect. And to clarify, by "re-size" in my above post, i mean that it does a really shitty job of scaling things to what seems like non-native monitor resolution - exactly like if you were to say, run you 1920x1080 monitor in 1680x1050 resolution. Blurred fonts, head-ache inducing and difficult to read. My laptops internal screen is 1920x1080. My 23" monitor is 1920x1080. In 6 months I was unable to get this behavior to stop. Yes, i understand what Windows 8.1 is TRYING to do - make my windows the same physical size on both screens, but it doesn't work and makes things nasty to use - and can't be disabled, it would appear. Whether that is due to a driver issue or what i have no idea. But its a deal breaker for multi-monitor support for me at the moment.
What are your thoughts on code signing, and do how do you see the development of such proceeding in the free unix world. In Powershell for example, i can set a system-wide policy to only run scripts if they are signed with a trusted certificate.
This means I can, for example, delegate script development to an underling, review the script and then sign and push into production, knowing that the script will not run if it has been modified in the field without authorization - enabling proper change management process to be enforced.
Other platforms require all code to be signed before it will run.
Do you foresee anything like this (obviously with the master signing authority being the local site admin) for OpenBSD?
Pretty much that. My observations with FreeBSD at least have been that whilst Linux might get something FIRST, it will typically go through 3-4 (more?) iterations before the actual long term supported version emerges. Until someone decides to rewrite it anyway.
The FreeBSD (and likely other BSD) way seems to be to design things properly first (which takes some time that Linux skips), implement and then the user-facing interface stays the same for a long period of time.
Sometimes however, it does mean BSD gets features first. E.g., multichannel audio. Mixing has transparently happened via the FreeBSD audio driver for about 10 years now. Linux has gone through a bunch of different audio subsystems in that time.
Give it 3 months after the currently hoarded exploits for Windows XP are put out (awaiting end of support announcement) and they will not work any more.
I get that people don't want to change. But they are going to have to. Whether it be to Linux, a tablet, or whatever. XP is not going to remain an option for long. Man up, take the short term pain, and get to something maintainable and secure.
It has worse multi-monitor support in my experience, the hi-dpi scaling is incredibly brain damaged and wants to scale things to different sizes between my 2 displays. I cant turn that off. Applications still open on a random monitor irrespective of which one i launch them from. It starts up faster because it doesn't start everything Windows does - stuff that i might want like oh I don't know - the desktop, and reconnecting to network shares (they are delayed until 5 minutes after login).
I've run 8/8.1 for 6+ months both at work and at home, and have downgraded back to 7 at work and am getting things done faster. If i include power button to opening things from the network - windows 7 is FASTER.
Power button to login screen on Windows 8 is faster, but that isn't useful to me.