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Microsoft dropping support for Windows 8.1
04-26-2014, 04:53 PM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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In a move certain to raise the ire of users of Microsoft’s Windows operating system the software giant has announced that next month it will cease support for Windows 8.1.

But that operating system is barely eight months old and already an upgraded version of the Windows 8 system that failed to impress many users since its release in 2012.

Microsoft has this month already killed off support for the long-lasting Windows XP system, so why is it ending support for Windows 8.1?

The aim is to force users to install Windows 8.1 Update, thus establishing it as the new service and support baseline for users. The Update is actually a cumulative collection of all that has already been released for the Windows 8 operating system plus some new improvements for desktop users.

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/arti...windows-81
04-26-2014, 07:22 PM #2
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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Sounds like a rolling release to me. chuckle.gif
04-27-2014, 02:17 AM #3
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(04-26-2014, 07:22 PM)DaJavoo Wrote:  Sounds like a rolling release to me. chuckle.gif

lol.gif Rolling up hill. I knew this a while ago, the 8.1.1 update forced 8.1 users to migrate. The only difference I can see is they finally put a way to shut down your computer on that goofy ass tile thing that looks like a school textbook I had in the 80's.
They did at least allow to start in the desktop for PC's. The upside is it's screaming fast for windows, and isn't the memory hog 7 and XP were.
It will be windows 9 before they bring back a real start menu. wtf2.gif Goofy bastards. They found out they can't force people to use what's poorly designed.
It's like they put two OS's together that didn't belong together, and even though it was fubar on all levels, they called it a day.

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04-27-2014, 02:53 AM #4
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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I bought 7 after I swore I wouldn't and after about 6 months of it crasing side-by-side with a Linux box, I finally cut my losses and deep sixed Windows.

I'd like to say I'm completely M$ free, and the house was for about a year...then the missus just HAD to f'n have something for work that needed to play nice with Billy Gates' shït.

<sigh> I had to install XP back on a Thinkpad (took me forever to round up all the drivers) about two weeks before it got scrubbed by M$. Chapped my arse. But hey ~ she's happy and I have my own Thinkpad with a version of Mint on it. Everything else in the house has been and will stay de-crapped.

You'd think that by now, Billy woulda' found a new way to make even more money rather than stickin' sparklies on old software.
04-27-2014, 03:11 AM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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And the sparklies were not so sparkling. I finally gave Mint a shot, was the KDE version. I loved it but 8.1 could not coexist well with the EFI boot at install. Windows has to go in first, then make the necessary system mods, then install whatever flavor of Linux you're into.
Mint makes Ubuntu and windows look and feel awful, and my laptops psychedelic NVIDIA Optimus worked well with the bumblebee project drivers.
I could barely get that limping along in Ubuntu and New releases/kernels bombed the whole shebang. gaah.gif
Mint, on the other hand, is surprisingly stable, and damn, has KDE come a very long way. I recall the first Kubuntu I used it with, bringing up the desktop cube would crash the window decorator, got flustered with it and went back to XP.

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04-27-2014, 03:43 AM #6
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(04-27-2014, 02:53 AM)DaJavoo Wrote:  I bought 7 after I swore I wouldn't and after about 6 months of it crasing side-by-side with a Linux box, I finally cut my losses and deep sixed Windows.

I'd like to say I'm completely M$ free, and the house was for about a year...then the missus just HAD to f'n have something for work that needed to play nice with Billy Gates' shït.

<sigh> I had to install XP back on a Thinkpad (took me forever to round up all the drivers) about two weeks before it got scrubbed by M$. Chapped my arse. But hey ~ she's happy and I have my own Thinkpad with a version of Mint on it. Everything else in the house has been and will stay de-crapped.

You'd think that by now, Billy woulda' found a new way to make even more money rather than stickin' sparklies on old software.

Billy has changed his focus from being the richest man in the world to the man who can vaccinate the most Africans to death. He believes there are too many people on the planet.

He might be one of those who wants to reduce the population to 500 million, which would mean over 90% dying off.

Pray for me. hug.gif
04-27-2014, 05:48 AM #7
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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(04-27-2014, 03:11 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  And the sparklies were not so sparkling. I finally gave Mint a shot, was the KDE version. I loved it but 8.1 could not coexist well with the EFI boot at install. Windows has to go in first, then make the necessary system mods, then install whatever flavor of Linux you're into.
Mint makes Ubuntu and windows look and feel awful, and my laptops psychedelic NVIDIA Optimus worked well with the bumblebee project drivers.
I could barely get that limping along in Ubuntu and New releases/kernels bombed the whole shebang. gaah.gif
Mint, on the other hand, is surprisingly stable, and damn, has KDE come a very long way. I recall the first Kubuntu I used it with, bringing up the desktop cube would crash the window decorator, got flustered with it and went back to XP.

Yeah ~ Mint is polished, no doubt. Try the Cinnamon ~ best of a lotta' worlds.

I got into KDE just before they went to the new version number (whatever that was) back in the gutsy gibbon days ~ I beat feet back to gnome when that nightmare version of KDE hit the streets and have been too gun shy to try it again ~ I hold f'n grudges. chuckle.gif

Maverick Meerkat was the last good Ubuntu release. I really did TRY to warm up to Unity, but after the 2nd release didn't fix sh!t I just dumped Ubuntu. Stumbled into Clem's Mint and have been looking for the perfect rolling release since then. I really am weary of the continual update/upgrade cycle the Debian based releases trot out.

Right now I use Mint, 13 & 16, Manjaro and LXLE (Lubuntu respin, VERY worthy.)

Still looking for the be-all-end-all distro.
04-27-2014, 05:49 AM #8
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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(04-27-2014, 03:43 AM)Below Average Genius Wrote:  Billy has changed his focus from being the richest man in the world to the man who can vaccinate the most Africans to death. He believes their are too many people on the planet.

He might be one of those who wants to reduce the population to 500 million, which would mean over 90% dying off.

Yeah ~ Sadly, money does strange things to people in large doses. uhoh.gif
04-27-2014, 10:13 AM #9
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(04-27-2014, 05:48 AM)DaJavoo Wrote:  Still looking for the be-all-end-all distro.

chuckle.gif Me too, it is heading in the right direction. If companies like Adobe would get it going on in order to run their software natively on Linux, I wouldn't touch Windows ever again.
I believe there must be some money involved from MS and Apple to keep that ball in their court, it make zero sense otherwise.

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04-27-2014, 03:11 PM #10
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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(04-27-2014, 10:13 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  I believe there must be some money involved from MS and Apple to keep that ball in their court, it make zero sense otherwise.

Well, that and the fact that they'd have to open the kimono for a FOSS check on the dirty laundry and skid marks in all that proprietary code, eh?



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