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A Linux User's Perspective Of Microsoft Windows 8

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  • Originally posted by zeealpal View Post
    OC XP is hell to install now days, as it has so little support for any new hardware, but then again its 11 years old (7 for later releases) I doubt a 7 years old Linux installer would work nicely out of the box either.
    On my last two notebooks Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (The most recent installation medium legally available) has had no drivers neither for ethernet nor for wifi.

    My new one's hardware:
    03:00.2 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 0a)
    04:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6235 (rev 24)

    I think most of the rest of the hardware was ok with drivers from windows update once I got an internet connection.

    And about GPU drivers... For windows neither the intel driver from the intel website nor the amd driver from the amd website worked and I had to install the outdated enduro package from the notebook vendor. Maybe that has been resolved with catalyst 12.11, at least I could update to the 12.11 beta without an issue.

    Windows drivers often don't "just work" in my experience. I have seen someone plug in some DRM dongle into an up to date windows 7 machine and the driver installer from windows update made it go into the bluescreen loop...
    It has these problems even though it is the most used operating system in the whole world and you pay actual money for the support. I think in comparison linux does remarkably well on consumer hardware.

    I think I will - as a secondary system - install Windows 8 rather than windows 7 prof over home premium in order to use more ram than 16 gb.


    • Hmm ok

      Maybe I just got lucky? Both my laptop/desktop had wifi working out of the box, and it downloaded my ethernet driver for me and that worked.

      I do agree that a up to date Linux distro does seem to work the best on a number of things (especially when I had my older mobile phone, and needed USB tethering, that only worked on ubuntu, not windows)


      • Originally posted by uid313 View Post
        I use Windows 8 at work. If you're using Windows 7, you might as well continue using it.

        Windows 8 have the new Metro UI (also later called Modern UI) which is designed for touch interfaces.
        It's probably alright for tablets and smartphones but it really is unsuitable for a desktop or a laptop.

        I think the Metro interface in Windows 8 decreases usability and makes using the computer cumbersome, annoying and frustrating and kills productivity.
        Windows have no start button, no start menu, and now features a fullscreen start screen instead which makes the brain do a context switch and lose focus which messes up the work flow and reduces productivity.

        If you're going to use Windows 8, then I can strongly recommend Classic Shell which is a free, open source software that gives you a start button and a start menu and makes Windows 8 feel and behave more like Windows 7. This makes Windows 8 more tolerable and less frustrating.
        You are right about the productivity, I used it for 2 weeks along with a Windows 7 machine and at the end of the 2 weeks I did about 35% less work, there are simply far too many extra steps to do something that I can do in 7 with one or two steps.


        • Originally posted by zeealpal View Post
          That's not something I'm sure about, it was working at one time, but then it broke when I upgraded my Ubuntu to 12.04. I had tried both installing Ubuntu new (64 bit 12.04) (on a spare hdd, no other hdd's installed) and did the auto install from downloaded catalyst driver, the build packages option, and the Ubuntu default driver install.

          However, I've found it better to separate my 3d/gaming work on windows to my other crap on Ubuntu (lots of music, pics, testing interesting linux apps etc...) so I'm happy leaving it as it is.

          I was not intending any offense to anyone (hopefully I didn't) I just said what I had experienced on both. Perhaps I will try again with 12.10 once I've backed up my new files.
          Well, easy. Go nVidia route, and you're good to go