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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 Microlith ( 54737 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @03:53PM (#38998387)

    Not for anyone who has bothered to learn how to use their computer. But then, that's just one way to do it on modern Linux distributions, which now simplify the process by letting you right click and mount the volume.

    And has since the days I was using Daemon Tools on Windows.

  • by s.petry ( 762400 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @04:01PM (#38998475)

    KDE has build in point click for those to retarded to know the benefits of using the command line. I believe Gnome has an add on as well, but I hate Gnome so don't care if it does.

    Look, even Microsoft started realizing (15 years to late) the benefits and power of the command line vs. depending on a GUI for everything that's done. Hence they released "Power Shell".

    It is always refreshing to see an idiot fan boy that thinks it's hard to do things without a GUI though, so thanks for the laugh!

  • Immitation/Flattery (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Oswald McWeany ( 2428506 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @04:04PM (#38998513)

    I would have thought Linux users would be happy if MS borrowed their ideas- it makes the "mainstream" operating system more like the one they have chosen to use for themselves.

    Surely MS copying Linux can only be a good thing? No?

    I've heard MS is going to even start using a penguin as their logo too. ;)

  • by Dahamma ( 304068 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @04:05PM (#38998531)

    USB 3.0 works fine with Windows 7, you just have to install the drivers provided by the mobo/card manufacturer. Big deal...

  • by hawguy ( 1600213 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @04:11PM (#38998623)

    Linux requires root for too many things. You shouldn't need root to mount a file/device. Only read (and optionally write) permissions on the file/device.

    In my linux desktop, my CD-ROM and USB devices automount when I plug them in, no root required, I don't even need to run a command, they just mount. And I can unmount them by clicking through my file manager. I can mount an ISO by right-clicking on it in my file manager. No root required.

    What mounts do you need root for? If it's something you need to do more than once, add it to fstab and add the "user" option.

  • by Microlith ( 54737 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @04:28PM (#38998835)

    Learning to use your computer should *NOT* require knowledge of shell command flags.

    It should if you want to be considered proficient. It shouldn't be required for basic day to day operations, as I noted. But go on, be an angry anonymous coward.

  • by atriusofbricia ( 686672 ) on Saturday February 11, 2012 @12:05AM (#39002843) Journal

    Well... since you didn't bother to limit it to only "simple user tasks".....

    for i in *
    mv $i `echo $i | tr [:upper:] [:lower:]`

    Done, all the files in that directory are now lower case. Can you do that with some GUI tool pulled off ZDNet or some other random place? Yes. Would it take you longer to find it, download it, virus scan it and figure out how to use it? Absolutely.

    The parent specifically said "if you want to be proficient" then you should learn the CLI. This is true.

    The parent also specifically said you shouldn't have to drop to a CLI for basic day to day activities. Did you even read the post you were replying to?

    Another example? Oh, okay.

    for i in `cat listofservers`
    rdesktop (bunchofoptions) $i &

    30 RDP sessions open and ready. It would work equally well with an actual list of servers instead of a handy text file laying about. A Linux/KDE specific example has all those 30 sessions grouped into tabbed windows of 5 each, windowshaded and placed where I want them on the desktop for rapid access.


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