Why I hate Windows 7
Sunday, February 7, 2010 7:40:06 PM
So, here is my personal hate-list for Windows 7 that accumulated over the last days:
- No scrolling in windows that don't have focus: This is really annoying when you do comparisons or simply read from one window and write in another other one (eg. reading a lengthy webpage and chatting -> chat window has focus but you may want to scroll the page down)
- No "always on top": This is annoying for two reasons. First every app that wants this feature has to implement it itself, often in different fashion regarding user interaction and the like. This also leads to many hours of time spent on a feature that should actually be centrally implemented only once. The second reason arises directly from this: I can't set the window I want to the foreground, but only those where the app chose to implement it. Real-world usage example: Small browser window with flash video playing -> total fail on Windows, works great on Gnome.
- Still no useful screen-shot feature. When I press the "Print" button in Gnome I get a nice preview of what I just snapped with the options to either save it, copy it to the clipboard or cancel. In Windows (and I am talking about 7 here, not 95) the image is still copied to clipboard and if you want to retrieve it you have to start a separate app -> much inconvenience just for saving a screenshot imo.
- Window handling: The window handling is really bad. Neither can you customize Aero-snap, but windows also don't have any sort of edge attraction so they would nicely plop to the borders of your desktop and other windows. Even without Compiz I can do more sofisticated stuff in Gnome, and with Compiz the possibilities are even bigger (best extension imo: Maximumize - fit window to biggest free screen space)
- Multiple desktops: really nice when using virtual machines (one VM per desktop in fullscreen, and then switching between them through the desktop cube of compiz ) and when hiding stuff from sneaky parents
- Size: Hell, after freshly installing Windows 7 (with some updates and the like) it took somewhere between 15 and 20 GB!!! of my disk space. In comparison, my Ubuntu system has about half that size (not even), but with everything I ever need installed (OpenOffice, NetBeans, build-essentials, Java, decent media player (banshee), wine (for WoW), other useful stuff (1), ...)
Basically, the only nice thing I have here is Opera 10.50 (which btw I'm just using). Hm, maybe I should simply switch to a VM with some (preferably geeky) linux variant for doing work with an underlying windows for the convenience of playing (disk space is cheap anyway)
(1) esp. many console tools (which have decent names in contrast to windows)