There must be a reason nearly every Linux desktop, at least since FVWM, has copied some form of the Start menu
It might be because Microsoft all but lifted the Start Menu from Apple. Since System 7.0 (June 1991), classic Mac OS allowed users to put "aliases" (shortcuts) to their favorite applications in the Apple Menu Items folder. System 7.5 (September 1994) added the ability to organize these shortcuts into folders, producing roughly the same effect as the Start Menu that Microsoft would add to Windows a year later.
You can now set the background of the start menu to just show the same image as the desktop
Do the tiles appear on top of the windows that are on the desktop, or do they still hide all the windows that are on the desktop? The presence of the windows that are on the desktop acts as an anchor to keep the user's train of thought on its proverbial tracks. If the tiles showed up on top of the windows, possibly with a dimming or blurring effect like the UAC prompt and the area behind window title bars in Windows 7 Aero, that might be enough to avoid doorway amnesia.
For me, the start screen is much more customizable, much more informative, and easier to use all around.
So how do you keep the jarring full-screen transition from derailing your train of thought? Please see my other comment.
and if you brought your own internet you were not allowed to use it they would have people checking if there were any signals floating around that were not theirs.
I don't know what country you live in, but in the United States, the FCC would have shut down that practice. See this story from nine years ago.
Getting banned is a small price to pay if you couldn't play to begin with.
Not if getting banned from one multiplayer game on your account gets you banned even from single-player games on the same account.
It only takes a summer to walk 2000 miles.
And be arrested for sleeping on the street.
What's the best practice for a site to demonstrate to users that it is trustworthy?
In the vast majority of cases, providing a non-JS experience is not extra work if you're using best practices to begin with.
What's the best practice to pan and zoom a view of an unbounded plane without script? Something like Google Maps would need that.
Google Docs could be written to be a native app
What format of native apps runs on Windows 7, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows RT, and the major video game consoles?
Anybody whose website failed to work in Lynx was derided as an idiot.
How would you recommend implementing something like Google Maps to be compatible with Lynx?
Chemist who falls in acid will be tripping for weeks.