While I agree that Windows 8's biggest problem was marketing, there's a tablet UI on my server. Just sayin'.
Professionally: In the past, I've admin'd SUSE Enterprise Server and Redhat Enterprise for mapping/GIS services (ESRI ArcGIS products) - before Google Maps and when Google Earth was known as "Keyhole." Also CentOS for infrastructure (DNS, sendmail, squid).
Professionally nowadays, I work in a Windows shop and the only Linux we have is the console instance in our VMware infrastructure which is all Windows servers/Windows VDI. We're moving to Hyper-V so that Linux console will be going away.
Hobby: Not as such. More half hobby/half infrastructure at my house. I have three CentOS virtual machines, one is my Plex media server/DLNA server, one is a Nagios Core box for host & service monitoring/alerts, and one is a tinker box which, to be quite honest, I use mainly to do 'whois' or 'dig' queries.
Dual Boot/Main OS: Since the advent of virtualization on x86/x64 platforms, I've never seen a good reason to dual boot. All of my Linux machines are the main OS in the VMs I have set up. All my physical machines are Windows.
Distros: SUSE, RHEL, and CentOS in the past professionally, the console in VMware at work, and CentOS at home. My virtual router is the Vyatta distribution. I have a couple Roku boxes, a WD Live, and an STB from Verizon -- they might be running Linux for all I know, but I couldn't care less, so I'm not sure. I do believe, however, that the WD Live runs Linux --- I can tell because it pukes and acts stupid if any DFS paths are involved with the media sources. I've owned a couple Android phones in the past. I tried ChromeOS on one of my netbooks, but I couldn't really figure out what the point of this distribution was, unless I was in the business of selling notebooks with no capabilities.
Specific Interests in Linux: I have none. It, like Windows, is a means to an end. My media server is Linux because I don't want to allocate all of the RAM and license money necessary for a Windows server to do this one thing. I run my network monitoring on Linux because I'm familiar with Nagios.
If we were to go by all of the new stuff being posted about for the last few years, we should, by now, have 6 separate cures for cancer, warp drive, have eliminated Alzheimer's, and batteries with endless power. Can't wait for the next breakthrough.
@Craig_Matthews: I understand not wanting to lock the OS into supporting those features. There were some problems when Twitter or Facebook changed the API, and they had to roll out an OS update. However, they should have come up with some kind of plug-in model that would have provided the same functionality.
That's exactly what they need. I certainly get maybe not tying the phone's OS to specific named services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), but a plug-in model that you suggest would solve the problem nicely and obviously open it up to more than Twitter and Facebook.
The integration of everything from different places into hubs is most of the reason I bought this awesome monstrosity of a phablet and it's an example of where, IMO, devices should be going in the future. Having to go into the Facebook app when I want to bring up the photos from a friend's trip is going to definitely feel like a step backward into the "iPhone way" of doing things.
IMO, Windows Phone 8 is pretty much what Android wishes it was, and makes the iPhone look like a feature phone because WP8 is all about bringing all your stuff into your device in a consistent and useable manner. Now it seems they want to go in the iPhone direction unfortunately. That's a real shame because this phone, as it is, kills.
This irritates the ever living crap out of me, especially on mobile OSs like on an iPhone or Android. Especially if I'm reading a bunch of different articles and going back to the index frequently. I'll by 3/4s of the way through a list of articles .. and I will see one I want to read, and I will intentionally open it in a new tab because I don't want my position in the index to be disrupted. Once I go back -- something that requires me to only close the new tab I have open, the first tab reloads when it's put back on the screen. Now I have to 1) wait for the page to reload, then 2) find where I was again.
Pages reloading because they just happen to be brought back from the background makes me want to throw the device against a wall.
Photos "Hub" no longer has direct access to friend's photos from Facebook, it links to a separate app now. People "hub" (now "me" I guess) no longer allows commenting or liking Facebook posts -- again, have to open a separate app now. And the messaging app removed the integration as well, and now only does SMS.
All of these things were key features which drove me to buying a Windows phone. If I wanted to stick with the app-centric paradigm of iOS, I would have upgraded my iPhone and stayed with that. WinPho 8.1 seems to be removing things that differentiate Windows Phone from iOS and Android. Let me guess -- was having things integrated "too confusing" for some people requiring gutting of the things that make Windows Phone what it is?
I bought my Lumia 1520 less than 2 months ago and absolutely love it -- and everything I've been ranting to my friends about with regard to why they should buy a Windows phone is going away, including capabilities which sealed my decision to buy one.
I'm not sure how I can see this in any other way than a product, that I already bought, having capabilities removed from it after the fact.
Nice job breaking it. If this keeps up, maybe this awesome Windows Phone will eventually be down to just a grid of apps just like iOS. Why even bother keeping live tiles at this point?
magicalclick: I also am just on WP8 sry for confusion.
Lumia 1520, goes right to full screen playback when I tap the video.