Winston Gutkowski wrote:Nice one. But Mint is free...and they don't keep changing it.
Winston Gutkowski wrote:What's that damn Start Screen all about? And why do I have to keep clicking the Windows key + 'D' to get a proper desktop? And where have the Start Menu and things like Control Panel gone?
Winston Gutkowski wrote:I ended up having to use Ctrl+Alt+Delete to reboot/shut down the damn thing.
Jesper de Jong wrote:Is it really that bad, or is it just because a number of things are different than what you are used to?
I also have a new laptop, with Windows 8.1. My new laptop has a touch screen, and I think the start screen would be a lot less useful without a touch screen.
The touch screen is really something made for tablets; according to me it wasn't a great idea by Microsoft to put the same interface in Windows for laptops or desktop PCs.
With Windows 8.1 you can also configure it to boot directly to the desktop, if you don't want to use the start screen. Finding things like Control Panel is really easy: on the Start screen just start typing "contr..." and it will show you.
In Windows 8.1 there's a shutdown button in the top right of the Start screen.
If your new laptop has Windows 8 and not 8.1, then I recommend upgrading it to 8.1 (it's a free upgrade that should be available from Windows Update).
Maneesh Godbole wrote:Ah Mint! Breath of fresh air!
Winston Gutkowski wrote:Mint has hardly changed in the 7 years I've known it, and the interface isn't actually that different to what I was using on Solaris (CDE) back in 1996. I highly doubt that Mac users have had to go through all these "improvements".
Winston Gutkowski wrote:TBH, it's been such a bad experience (waaay worse than Vista), that I'm not sure I can be bothered. I may check if Asus will send me an OEM installation disk for the cost of the media, because I really don't fancy having to learn all the Dutch words for "open", "close" etc; but if it costs more than a tenner I'll probably pass, because that's all I think the OS is worth.
Winston Gutkowski wrote:That said, I do like my new toy. Screen is superb and the sound is delicious. Thanks Bang & Olufsen.
Jesper de Jong wrote:In the desktop Linux world things are changing too - the Gnome 3 desktop environment for example, or Ubuntu's Unity, are also new and different from traditional desktop environments, and many people there are complaining too.
It's not that hard, open = openen, close = sluiten, etc.
There's a special Dell program installed to create a system restore image on a USB stick (not on a DVD - my new laptop does not have an optical drive). Maybe your laptop also has something to create an installation disk or USB stick.
Mine is the new Dell XPS 15 model, with super high res touch screen (3200 x 1800). The screen is great, photos look very sharp on it and the colors are also very good. Unfortunately not all programs deal with the super high resolution very well. For example in IntelliJ, some of the icons and texts are really small.
Winston Gutkowski wrote:
Bring back XP.
Maneesh Godbole wrote:However I fear their move to Unity has pissed of sooooo many people. I hate it and find it totally unproductive. Fortunately one call install Gnome to replace Unity. I really wish they got rid of Unity
Winston Gutkowski wrote:
Maneesh Godbole wrote:d I was a Unix/Linux admin for 12 years.
I can't imagine why you are messing with Windows then. But actually I have a Vista partition that I keep around for a few old Windows-only programs. There are a few little utilities and the like that I need to keep that are Windows only.
I like the Unity desktop in part because it gives me more useful screen area on my little laptop. You can set the launcher bar to go away until you hit the left of your screen with your cursor with a force you can adjust. You can boot into Gnome instead, your choice.
I like the terminal for sentimental reasons mainly. I was using MS-DOS well into the Windows era I thought Windows was disgusting from the start but of course I was forced to adopt it eventually...