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Windows 8 may drive me to Linux

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I have been a Microsoft defender for decades. “No, MS-DOS 4.0 isn’t really that bad,” I pleaded to friends almost 25 years ago. “Give Windows 98 a chance” I begged ten or 11 years later. Heck, I extolled the virtues of Vista (which I did believe in, by the way) to anyone willing to listen. But in the wake of last week’s introduction of the Consumer Preview edition of Windows 8, I can say only this: Microsoft, you’re on your own.

Never — and I’m going to repeat this for additional emphasis, never – have I been as horrified by one of the company’s products as I am by this one. (Yes, I used Microsoft Bob.) Every choice seems to have been made for a sketchy reason, and the full collection of them bears the haphazard feel of the morning after a particularly raucous college party. Scratch that: Even at my most inebriated, I’m pretty sure I would never conceive of something like Windows 8.

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> it makes them more

> it makes them more difficult, paradoxically by making the interface so brain-dead
> simple that it can’t do anything someone with a brain might actually want.

That's how I've felt about GNOME2, that things were so simple that you couldn't get work done because you had to jump through hoops to do so; and now GNOME3 is even worse. And here comes MS, after copying KDE4 for Vista and 7, deciding to copy GNOME3 for Windows8.

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