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A Linux desktop and tablet user and Windows 8

Mar 13, 2012, 03:06 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"It?s hard to know where to begin. But, perhaps I should start with a Windows 8 Metro problem that follows GNOME 3.x of all desktops down the same wrong alley. Both Windows 8 and GNOME 3.x make the simple task of turning a system off a pain-in-the-rump. Why? Oh why?

"Some people argue that shutting down systems is so old-fashioned, but until every device I have has a battery life like the new Apple iPad is supposed have, I want to be able to easily turn it off. And, besides, why the heck make it hard to turn off the first place anyway?

"Speaking of other basics, I, for one, am used to scroll up and down, not from side to side, on a desktop. Sure, it works on tablets, but I?m trying to use Windows 8 on a desktop. I think most people are going to try to use it on tablets either. If I?m on a desktop, why are you forcing me to relearn such a basic way of working with my PC?"

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