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Old 29th January 2015
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Let's get a good old fasions discussion going!

So anyone else actually use Windows as their primary OS?

Windows 10 looks like its going to fix some of the failings of Windows 8.
Anyone else looking forward to it or are you not really bothered?


I've moved from Android (HTC Legend then Galaxy S3) to Windows Phone (Lumia 930 in bright green ). I used to love the customisation Android offered, but after four years got bored of it and even more frustrated with the OEM's not keeping the devices current - I understand its not in their interest too, but I wasn't going to root all my family's devices or install an alternative rom for them because if something went wrong I'd have to support them

I'm pragmatic in which OS I use for the task as hand, and believe BSD are great servers/routers/network applicance OS's.


Don't get me wrong, I love the BSD's and used to run FreeBSD with Beryl, then Compiz Fusion and loved it, I had a custom dock similar to Apple's, but as the wife and kids never used it and booted into Windows it became a bit of a pain and never got round to it again.
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The only one I have installed is Win7 on my laptop, and that's because it came with it and I was too reluctant to delete something I'd "paid for". I probably only boot it (WIn7, not the laptop) 2 or 3 times a year now, for maybe 1/2 an hour at most, either to test something out, or if I'm very bored. For example, on one of these boots I discovered that a DVD would play under Windows that wouldn't on Linux or BSD.

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is: I'm going to wait for Windows 9 !
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I do not use Windows at all.

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Windows 10 looks like its going to fix some of the failings of Windows 8.
Anyone else looking forward to it or are you not really bothered?
Could not care less, because off the answer to the first question.

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I'm pragmatic in which OS I use for the task as hand, and believe BSD are great servers/routers/network applicance OS's.
OpenBSD functions perfectly well as my home system on a laptop. I assume the other BSDs can fill that role as well. Why wouldn't they?
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No operating system I have used is perfect for me. However, I judge the quality of them by my personal and business needs. Since none are exactly perfect their ability to be adapted to my needs becomes a functional tool for that judgement. This adaptation usually means the undoing of things that antagonize my cause. Some systems not only require a ton of undoing, but further do not allow you to change their functionality to a point of satisfaction. Windows 10 will retain this bug as will likely all platforms produced by Microsoft for the remainder of its duration. Linux may be starting that path by a different means.

With that ranted, I'm sure Windows 10 will provide the quality expected from those who's needs it fulfills.

For now, and hopefully a long time to come, I will remain with the BSD family. Perhaps Minix or Plan9 will one day hold a solid position for me. For myself, Windows shows no promise of anything other than regret when confided in.
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Nope, never used Windows of any version personally, although I do have some Windows servers here at work. They work fine and hum right along, as long as you don't change anything, haha.
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So anyone else actually use Windows as their primary OS?
I'm a captive, mandatory end-user of Win 7 for $DAYJOB. My experience indicates that Win 7 was a great leap forward for Microsoft workstation OSes, from a usability and feature/function perspective.
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Windows 10 looks like its going to fix some of the failings of Windows 8.
I've never touched any Win 8 platform. While I've heard complaints, I am under the impression that everyone who has used Win 8 and has not liked it would appreciate anything in replacement.
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I'm in the latter camp. But if history is any guide for the future, since the start of the Windows Cement * era, Microsoft has managed to have technical and market success only every other release. If that continues to hold true, then Win 10 may be successful, both in market share as well as in capability.

* Windows CE / ME / NT
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So anyone else actually use Windows as their primary OS?
Out of 66 people in my lab 3 run Windows 7 One of them is our administrative assistant and the another one is business analyst. Third person is a French scientist who is an avid gamer so he swears by Windows. I run OpenBSD on my desktop most other people Springdale Linux or Ubuntu.
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I don't trust a company that can't properly count up to 10.
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I'm indifferent. Windows 8 was bad, but with the 8.1 update it's usable (I have to use it at work - no interest in having it at home). I actually prefer 8.1 to windows 7.
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On another board I asked what happened to Windows 9 and one answer I got was that Microsoft counts version numbers with a nine-base number system. I do not know if it is true, but it is sounds interesting.
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It was probably someone being clever.

I've also heard that it was because many programs were written to recognise anything starting with "windows 9" as 95, 98 and 98se - also complete crap.

The names/numbers/years are just a marketing thing, not the true versions and are actually meaningless. Never understood all the fuss about them.
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I've read conjecture that 9 was skipped in order to "put more distance" between 10 and the failures of 8. We may never know the marketing angle, any more than what BING "really" stands for.
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I don't trust a company that can't properly count up to 10.
dev/beta track notes the change in version numbers (besides being a good pr stunt) was to prevent some older, lazy code, from thinking it was running under previous versions like Win95/98:

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if (Version.StartsWith('Windows9') == true) ...
Which would (wrongly) return 'true' for any/all of Win95, Win98, Win v9. Its a mess.
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Hmm, or maybe Microsoft has an exceptionally high number of Japanese developers?
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Chuckle, could well be Beastie =)
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Hrrm, I don't get that one.
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I did not know the Japanese don't like the number 9. Being married to a Chinese, I knew about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetraphobia
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Side note: See also QVWM

q = 9, v = 5 (Win95). Its original developer, of Japanese heritage, was having fun with Japanese/Roman numerals when naming this wm.

Which btw, I have it running here on FreeBSD/Wine for compiling Win binaries. Since qvwm is darn near 'pixel perfect' with respect to its border widths ala Win32API specifications, it makes placing controls (like buttons), on a window much easier. An example using xmessage under qvwm...



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What can you expect from an OS that has an Easter egg image of a horse named Nugget?
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