* Posts by Fred T

7 posts • joined 21 Jan 2015

Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

Fred T

Last useful Windows was Windows XP

I stopped using Windows at version XP when I found that Windows 7 didn't do anything for me that XP couldn't do except to waste my disk space unnecessarily by 20% (by increasing OS space by 700%), and that I could do almost everything in Linux that I did in XP, including gaming.

I think the rate of Windows 10 adoption will drastically decrease after the free update deadline passes since only new PC buyers will get Windows 10, who are mostly serious gamers nowadays. Many people are happy with existing PCs, new Chromebooks, or Macs.

Fred T

Re: Perhaps ....

Use the best tool for the job. Mac for seamless user experience, Linux for IT. For gaming, use a gaming console. For phone, use iOS or Android or both. Windows is best at none of them.

Like in the old days where people tend to own multiple TVs, now they own multiple computers. Having mixture of Mac and Linux is not as rare if you count Chromebooks and Android as Linux kernel-based.

One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC

Fred T

They didn't need a new PC whether Win 10 or not

Probably zero correlation between upgrading to Windows 10 and not getting a new PC.

They didn't get a new PC because it still worked fine. They upgraded to Windows 10 because it was free. They would have kept their PC and not upgrade to Windows 10 if it wasn't free.

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

Fred T

Re: Do what I've done

Two steps further: I no longer have any Windows VM let alone a partititon. When you don't use something for over 3 years, it's a clear indication it will never be used.

2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

Fred T

Re: Re Linux Desktop

> Those who grew up with a ZX81, learned how to program the Z80 directly, not how to write shell scripts ..

I would be more impressed if ZX81 users could have written their own microcodes and create their own CPUs. Z80 is nothing to brag about, it's the same as any programming language (albeit low level and closer to the metal.)

Kids using high-level scripts is just as capable as those who used to write Z80 code, and they can do much more in a shorter time period, Try building a fully functional network-based webcam security system using Z80 code.

I used to write computer games in Z80 machine code (not assembly, mind you.) I feel that game engines using scripts nowadays are much more complex and more involved than Z80 machine codes.

Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

Fred T

Re: Linux.

"mostly terminal-free environment and software much easier to install"

I find Fedora repos good enough for that. Many packages also exist in opensuse build factory, so there is nothing to fiddle with tar and build. If I had to rebuild, I just use mock.

Besides, my users don't do the upgrades and install. I do it for them over the network, without leaving my chair, using ethernet wake-up and ssh.

Fred T

Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

"What *most people" want is ..a PC that .. they're used to."

Except when what they are used to is not good enough. We had so many problems with Windows back then, before XP became "good enough", that I converted all our home PCs to Linux. Now that they are "used to" Linux, they even use Linux in a Mac and not touch OS/X. These are non-techies mind you.

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