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Windows 8 Features With Linux Antecedents 642

itwbennett writes "As details about new features in Windows 8 started to be discussed in the Building 8 blog and bandied about in Linux/Windows forums, Linux users were quick to chime in with a hearty 'Linux had that first' — even for things that were just a natural evolution, like native support for USB 3.0. So ask not 'did Linux have this first', but 'does Windows 8 do it better?'"
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Windows 8 Features With Linux Antecedents

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  • by eldavojohn ( 898314 ) * <eldavojohn&gmail,com> on Friday February 10, 2012 @03:40PM (#38998197) Journal

    The Microsoft twist: No Linux distro does ISO mounting as easily as Windows 8, as it requires some command line trickery (or, again, third-party tools).

    Here's your "command line trickery" (once you've gotten superuser):

    mkdir -p /mnt/iso
    mount -o loop image.iso /mnt/iso

    Did you see that trickery? Someone call the pope, I'm well on my way to sainthood after that "miracle." Hahah that's funny though, this guy should see some of the command line paragraphs I've typed out for stuff like ffmpeg back in the day. I think the author doesn't understand that there are many linux machines that are servers or headless and many distros that love to leave you the option of not having to run a window manager. As a result, it's almost always up to you if you want to run a heavy GUI to execute two whole commands.

  • by Monkey Angst ( 577685 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @03:45PM (#38998279) Homepage

    ISO Mounting

    It boggled my mind that even Windows 7 didn't have that. At my job, I'm the Mac tech and there are a couple of PC techs. When they're overbusy, I take some of their workload... had to do an install of Office on someone's machine, so I found a folder of ISOs on a network share, downloaded it, and...? Hmm. "I may be an idiot," I said to my colleagues, "but I can't figure out how to mount this ISO file." "Burn it," they said. "Why, how do you open it on a Mac?" "Uh... you double-click it."

    Talk about your long times coming.

  • by localman57 ( 1340533 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @04:09PM (#38998601)

    Heck, I can mount an ISO with a double click.

    Can somebody please tell me what ISO stands for? Everbody in in this thread keeps saying "I mounted this ISO...I mounted that ISO." I finally found out what you guys mean by "Mounting a MILF", and now you come up with some other mess of letters.

  • by Kenja ( 541830 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @04:44PM (#38999109)
    Learning to use a computer should *NOT* require knowledge of mice and keyboards. The computer should know what I want it to do and just do it. I shouldn't even have to plug it in (electricity is dangerous!).
  • by localman57 ( 1340533 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @05:18PM (#38999633)

    International Standards Organization, specifically, this is ISO9660, the definition of a cd image.

    Or, you know, you could just FUCKING GOOGLE IT!

    No way. The last time I did that, I almost got fired.

    Our SysAdmin: "Yeah, I mounted a MILF last night."

    Me:What's a MILF?

    Sysadmin: You don't know? It's uh...[pause]...I forget what it stands for, Mobile..Image..Something...Format. Fucking google it. It's an image type, so be sure to use Google Images. Also, we have udev set up so it won't mount automatically. You'll need root access. Google's closest equivalent is turning off safe search. So you'll want to do that too when you go looking. Then just look for "Mounting a MILF".

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 10, 2012 @05:41PM (#39000001)

    Thats right. Everything *MUST* be by hand, manually each time via means of a GUI. Why on earth would anyone want to automate anything using a computer of all things? Sheer madness.

  • by StikyPad ( 445176 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @06:54PM (#39000915) Homepage

    I actually sometimes use files as raw devices for writing (for example, if I need to demonstrate how ZFS resiliency works, a couple of files and mount allows me to quicly show how it works instead of having to use physical devices)?

    Thanks, I don't think I could find a better example of a corner case if I tried.

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