You don't need the Terminal, if you just:
- Web browse.
- Send emails.
- Play music.
- Watch videos.
- Type the occasional document.
There are things that you can easily do with the Windows GUI, that the default Linux GUI tools aren't very good at.
Those tasks need the Terminal.
If it's for that, a PC with Chrome OS is enough. 6 months ago I switch my Exchange server to Google Apps, and I must say the Writer and Spreadsheet software is more than enough for my need, the corrector is very nice, I can write a sentence in French and another one in English in the same document and Google docs know the difference. So If Microsoft want to cloud their stuff they have to provide something cheaper than Office 365.
I'll have to see what the price is, but I intend to get Win 8 if it's reasonable. As for Win 7, it's a great system, and our friends at MS are going to have a hard time killing it off.
Or else they can just go stuff their cloud, right?So If Microsoft want to cloud their stuff they have to provide something cheaper than Office 365.
In the end I think I will buy a few copies of W8 as I feel there is progress. Most surprisingly in a department I (and I don't think anyone was) wasn't expecting at all: far less memory abuse and a far more reasonable footprint. Pretty fast too.
Now if they could offer a stripped down* version of what CP is now, I might bite the bullet.
* As in strip away that other startmenu and bring in the old one for instance.
I do not consider reduced RAM use a big deal. Most little laptops come with 6GB of RAM and desktops with 8GB and more. For me, reduced RAM would not be an argument to buy. There must be other goodies to make me spend money. Even better performance (where the final verdict is still out) is not such a strong point in this age of SSDs.
To me, it appears Microsoft is attempting to make an OS that upon first glance, to migrate smart phone touch screen convenience (Metro) on our stationary and portable laptops. The problem with it so far that I see is the navigation to the simple functions, like the power button, search and so forth took me awhile to master. I feel I'm proficient with 7, vista, and especially xp, and the prior OS's didn't take a safari to find the errant functions. I dont see the harm to placing a very small ball (like 7) at the bottom left of the desktop. I can see almost everyone I know calling me and saying with thier brand-new systems, "How do I turn this thing off? (or) Can you install 7 on my computer, 'cause I can't use this one?" Says it all.
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There are a lot of things I like about Windows 8, but what I particularly object to is Microsoft forcing us to use the Metro. There would not be nearly as many complaints about it, if they simply allowed an option to use the metro or the desktop as most of us are accustomed to. Yes, I can do most of what I need to do with the way it is set up now, but I object to being made to use something I don't like. I believe it was Microsoft who said at the release of Windows 7, 'Windows your way'. I'm sorry, but I don't want an Android Phone for my desktop.
I can't even afford $40 to upgrade my PC to 8 GB (at the moment).
Ubuntu 10 (64 bit) "idles" at 400 MB on my PC.
That is almost 1 GB of extra RAM to use (e.g. another VM or another instance of FF with a stack of open tabs)).
Summary: Some analysts may be caught off guard by SanDisk’s warning about flash demand and pricing.
It seems that they haven't realised that their products are too expensive.
I go from the assumption that few people will buy Windows 8 to upgrade their current systems - for all the reasons stated here. So the majority of the future Windows 8 users wil be on new systems.So people should just buy new equipment?