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Submission + - Windows 8 is 'a work of art.' But it's no Linux ( 2

colinneagle writes: Earlier this week I installed the final version of Windows 8. And it is awesome. That’s not a joke. Windows 8 is absolutely, unequivocally stellar.

And yet, at the end of the day, I am right back to using Linux. Why is that? What is it about Linux that makes me so excited to use it — even while enjoying another operating system that I view as, in all seriousness, a work of art? Why do I not simply install Windows 8 on every machine I own and be happy with it?

For me, it's the ability to slowly chip away and remove items from your user interface until you are left with only want you want, and nothing more. The option of looking at an item on the screen, right clicking on it, and declaring to said item “Listen up, mister Thing-On-My-Screen. I don’t want you anymore. Be gone!” Panels, bars, docks, launchers, widgets, gadgets – whatever is on your screen, there is probably a way to send it to whatever form of the afterlife is reserved for unwanted Desktop Crud.

And, I’ll tell you this right now – as great as it is, you don’t find a whole lot of “Right click, Remove Panel” in Windows 8.

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Windows 8 is 'a work of art.' But it's no Linux

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  • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

    W8 is awesome? Everything else I've read says it's a useability nightmare, even less useable than previous versions.

    I like Linux because I can usually do in two clicks what it takkes ten to do in Windows, because it doesn't completely change its interface every iteration, because it's far more tolerant of flaky hardware, no reboots for updates or software installs, easier to find stuff (I have W7 on a notebook, it took two months to figure out how to disable the "tap to click" "feature", not in control pane

"If you lived today as if it were your last, you'd buy up a box of rockets and fire them all off, wouldn't you?" -- Garrison Keillor