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Windows "10" is actually Windows 9, ya know... The good news is that, supposedly, "10" is the last major version of Windows. After this, they're only supposed to do minor updates.
As for me, I've been forced to get a few PCs with Win 8 pre-loaded, and I replaced one with Win 7, just because I needed a post-XP Windows... But, mostly I replace Windows with Linux. I think my future lies with virtual XP machines on Linux. Though, I need to get VMware Player to run on Linux... Because both Parallels & VMware Fusion can do DirectX 3D on Mac, so I assume VMware would on Linux. But VirtualBox doesn't support DirectX 3D. I haven't played around with WINE, but I may in the future.
But I've hated the direction of Windows, after XP. And, I've hated the changes Apple's started putting in place after Jobs died. At least with Linux, I've got lots of choices. Back to top
Joined: Aug 04, 2003 Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA
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I'm very happy with Windows 10. Installing it was a bit of a pain (I suspect the "preinstaller" app they sent out to Windows 7/8 users did more harm than good), but once I got it working, I was impressed with how clean it looks and feels. It's got the modern styling of Windows 8 (and even cleaner - just look at those practically invisible window borders) combined with the user-friendliness of Windows 7. And while this is supposed to be the last major release of Windows, it's clear that Microsoft wants to OS to grow and evolve, what with the built-in feedback app!
As for playing Space Empires... I actually think SE5 runs a bit faster than it did on Windows 8! Gotta configure your video drivers all over again, but it's pretty impressive! That's no space station - it's a spreadsheet! Back to top
What I want to know is which idiot decided that flat, boring, simplistic, road-sign-like-graphics were the height of style? *barf!*
Win 3.1 = acceptable
Win 95 = good
Win XP = some silliness, but mostly a worthy successor to 9x.
Vista = crap
Win 7 = great improvement over Vista, but crap compared to XP.
Win 8 = complete, utter garbage. The worst UI in the history of anything, ever. Remarkably similar to Win 1.0/2.0..."modern" my foot.
Win "10" = Dunno, but it looks flat & stupid, just like everything does these days.
Mac OS Classic = never used it, but it looked "okay."
Mac OS X "Tiger" = first Mac I owned, most beautiful UI I'd ever seen.
Mac OS X "Leopard" = not as nice as "Tiger," but still very smooth.
Mac OS X "Lion" = improvements in function, but moving farther away in subtle ways to the UI I really loved.
Mac OS X "Mountain Lion" = similar to "Lion," but moving a bit farther away from UI guidelines I like...
Mac OS X, post-Big Cats = UI flattened & fugly-fied by Jonny Ives. I won't use these.
iOS ~2.0? = pretty good, used on iPod touch...
iOS 5.0 = awesome, used on my iPhone.
iOS 7 = garbage, Jonny Ives flattened & road-sign'd the UI. I can't downgrade, but I'll never buy a new iOS device.
Linux Mint (Cinnamon) = lacks many things I liked about Windows &/or Mac OS X...but, it has some features they don't have, and it doesn't try to force a crappy UI design philosophy I don't like down my throat.
There will never be a perfect UI for me, unless I design it. But, this flat, road-sign design philosophy that Microsoft, Apple, Google & various websites are promoting is abhorrent to my personal sense of aesthetics. And I refuse to embrace it. Back to top
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