1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Microsoft Windows 8: Mostly A Crap Wreck

Michael Larabel

Published on 4 May 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 2 of 3 - 117 Comments

After Windows 8 Consumer Preview was installed, it was off to check out the new Metro user-interface and other new functionality of this latest version of Windows. One of the first items I noticed on a positive note is the Windows 8 boot speed: it is very good. Windows 8 on this Sandy Bridge notebook was faster booting than Ubuntu Linux or any other Linux distribution I have tried on this particular hardware. Ubuntu and others were focusing upon fast boot speeds for a while, but they seem to have lost interest and only with Ubuntu 12.04 did they return to focusing on boot speed performance. Windows 8 introduces "Hybrid Boot" as a hibernation-like feature on shutdown to allow for the faster start-up times. While I did not test this out yet on Windows 8, Microsoft's OS usually wins as well when it comes to power efficiency / overall power consumption. With most hardware vendors catering exclusively to Microsoft Windows and their standards (and Microsoft doing a heck of a lot more QA than many Linux projects), this isn't a huge surprise, especially seeing what a shoddy mess the PCI Express ASPM situation became (as far as the Ubuntu 12.04 power consumption goes, it's a mixed power story). On my main system I still use an Apple MacBook Pro running Mac OS X and then Ubuntu virtualized atop that with VMware Fusion since I sadly get better battery life that way than running Linux bare metal on the hardware. Suspend and resume has also improved greatly under Linux in recent years, but still is not 100% perfect.

Now onto the big end-user change for Windows 8: the Metro UI. Up to trying it out myself, I heard mixed views about Metro on Windows 8 but overall most comments seemed to be positive. After trying it out though, for Windows 8 on the desktop I see Metro as an absolute shit wreck. Metro may work very well for phones and tablets and game consoles, but for the desktop I see it as a disaster. Metro really isn't intuitive for the desktop, is complicated and very confusing after the common Windows desktop workflow since Windows 95, and overall makes Canonical's original Unity desktop environment seem better than Metro. I would take Ubuntu's Unity or the GNOME Shell any day over Windows 8 with Metro.

One of the other big user-facing changes of Windows 8 is the Windows Store. This digital distribution platform is yet another way Microsoft's trying to follow in the ways of Apple's success. I tried a few free applications from the Windows Store and it all worked out fine, aside from still hating the Metro UI. Having a centralized digital software distribution mechanism isn't new to Linux users at all, and I haven't seen any areas where Microsoft really innovates with this software store compared to the software stores/centers in Ubuntu or Mac OS X, etc. Gabe also criticized Windows 8, but this is not too much of a surprise, especially as it will compete directly with Valve's Steam software distribution platform.

Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance
  2. CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell
  3. From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks
  4. AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux
Latest Linux Articles
  1. 6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Linux Desktop Benchmarks
  2. Ubuntu 14.10 XMir System Compositor Benchmarks
  3. Btrfs RAID HDD Testing On Ubuntu Linux 14.10
  4. Ubuntu 14.10 Linux 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance
Latest Linux News
  1. Coreboot Now Has Support For Intel Broadwell Hardware
  2. Enlightenment's EFL 1.12 Alpha Has Evas GL-DRM Engine, OpenGL ES 1.1 Support
  3. GTK+ Lands Experimental Backend For Mir Display Server
  4. Ubuntu 14.10 Officially Released
  5. Mesa 10.4 Might Re-Enable HyperZ For R600g/RadeonSI
  6. Intel GVT-g GPU Virtualization Moves Closer
  7. GTK+ 3.16 To Bring Several New Features
  8. Debian 8.0 Jessie Has Many Multimedia Improvements
  9. What Linux Benchmarks Would You Like To See Next?
  10. Open-Source, Linux Support For Corsair Link Devices Slowly Materializing
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Linux hacker compares Solaris kernel code:
  2. Advertisements On Phoronix
  3. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  4. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  5. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  6. Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release
  7. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  8. Proof that strlcpy is un-needed