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Quoteworthy - "Windows 8 is a Catastrophe" - Gabe Newell

"The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People donít realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior," says Valve's Gabe Newell as quoted on AllThingsD. "We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. Itís a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think weíll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If thatís true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality." Thanks VG247.

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141. Re: Quoteworthy - Jul 26, 2012, 11:00 Jay
 
Theo wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 10:16:
its a few lines of config to dissmiss the metro shell on boot. Its also hardly taxing to manually dissmiss it. Metro is more like a start menu/task/widget manager than a full shell.

A tiny bit more complicated than that: you need to create a shortcut and set up the task scheduler to launch shortcut upon boot:
how-to-boot-to-the-desktop-skip-metro-in-windows-8

Most people wouldn't know how, or even bother (like you said, the desktop is just a single tap/swipe away) and I bet that's what Microsoft is counting on.
Although I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft added the option themselves due to overwhelming complaints. Remember how the free version of Visual Studio 2012 wouldn't allow desktop apps to be created (only Metro apps) until there was a huge outcry on social media? It's not too late for them to change their mind.
 
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