Having messed around with the preview copy of the new Windows Server 2012, I was surprised to see that it boots straight into the 'desktop app' instead of going to the not-called-Metro Metro interface. Now surely there is no issue with Microsoft doing this for their servers, so why is it an issue for their client OS? After all, both are based off of the same system.
I'm thinking, as a consumer at least, that Windows 8 is not an operating system I want to use. Besides the pain in the ass Metro interface, the main issue is not being able to play DVD videos natively without buying extra software, something I don't need to do with 7, MacOS or even a Linux distro. Being at university without a TV and DVD player means I use my PC to play films, so that's a big killer for me.
Oh, my misunderstanding. I thought that when you said "running a real business" you actually meant a real business. Who the fuck installs email, calendaring or DHCP servers on their NAS device?
Basically, what Cederic said. A NAS is a very specific piece of equipment, designed and engineered for a specific task, that of storing data/programs in a location reachable on a network. If you want to be running other services, such as DNS, then utilise a server solution, not a NAS solution. In reality, a server is infinitely more versatile than a NAS solution.
Good for you. You're in the minority. There's probably a powershell cmdlet you can use to do the same thing, but most people prefer GUIs.
I don't think you can really say 'most people prefer GUIs'. It depends what market segment you're talking about, a web server administrator may well prefer CLI, SSH or PowerShell as opposed to a GUI. I certainly prefer a command prompt to a GUI when dealing with administrative tasks, it just makes it a lot simpler and more efficient to do that sprawling through menus and options.
It has long been argued that people prefer Windows, and therefore continue to use the operating system, because they are accustomed to the user interface. They use Windows XP at school, work and a few years ago, at home as well. This may have created a sense of familiarity with computers due to the similarities between their interactions with computers at work/school and at home. However, the Windows UI is changing with the removal of the "start" button and the creation of a start page, will
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