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Submission + - Microsoft Prepares Rethink on Windows 8->

jones_supa writes: Microsoft has confirmed to be preparing to reverse course over key elements of its Windows 8 operating system. 'Key aspects' of how the software is used will be changed when Microsoft releases an updated version of the operating system this year, Tami Reller, head of marketing and finance for the Windows business, said in an interview with the Financial Times. Referring to difficulties many users have had with mastering the software, she added: 'The learning curve is definitely real.' Analysts warned that changing course would be a significant admission of failure for Steve Ballmer, chief executive, who called the October launch of Windows 8 a 'bet-the-company' moment as Microsoft sought to respond to the success of Apple’s iPad.
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Comment Just Linux? (Score 1) 867 867

Okay, my browser crashed the first time I posted this - no I won't say which one!

Would be interesting to see where people started on *nix before Linux. I started on IRIX (computer animator.) Whatever....

  • Suse,
  • Debian (such a pleasure after Yum or whatever it was back then,)
  • Ubuntu,
  • Arch. Full Stop.

I like to try other distros out but I doubt I'll ever change. So easy, and always just like I want it.

Comment Re:Ubuntu Vista defies expectations (Score 1) 236 236

[...] The unity dock needs to have the ability to switch to the bottom of the screen rather than the side (where on widescreen monitors we have the least amount of space). [...]

Are you saying that on a widescreen monitor there is less width? That doesn't seem right... or am I misunderstanding you?

Comment Re:Things are looking good for the PC (Score 1) 94 94

I think Valve could do very well by marketing a Steam "console." Combine a small PC, slick case, good GPU, simple UI, and run Windows games. Give the PC world a single standard spec to target (people who want to could still buy better or cheaper computers). All purchases go through Steam.

Comment Re:Chromium (not Google Chrome) already works nice (Score 1) 251 251

For those okay with using a browser which is under heavy development, Midori is another great option.

It's my main browser on my eeepc for its RAM savings and it has been great. I've been using the PPA (note you also need the Webkit PPA in Ubuntu 9.04 and has been very stable. Many features are missing, however, it is maturing very quickly. Keep firefox around, though, as Midori has had issues with a few sites.

Comment Ruby stats (Score 1) 79 79

Interesting. The ruby metrics gave me a laugh. A steady rise around 2008 and a steady decline afterwards. Of course it isn't scientific data, but it does seem to coincide with the surge (and subsequent apathy) over Ruby on Rails by many developers.

No offense to the rubyists out there ;)

Comment Some negatives, too (Score 1) 511 511

Unfortunately there are a few negatives, too. Thanks to the new kernel there is no realtime audio support for my Ubuntu Studio install and my laptop nvidia drivers would get switched to the non 3d open source nv drivers.

8.10 Release notes

So neither of my personal computers are getting upgraded which is unfortunate. I was looking forward to the Gnome updates and the newer officially supported apps.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.