Non-Linux FOSS: Classic Shell

Even those of us on the Linux side of the fence have been watching Microsoft's Windows 8 roll-out—albeit for us, it has been with morbid fascination. Granted, we're not without our drastic changes (ahem, Unity), but the new interface Microsoft has chosen for version 8 is seemingly unusable for most people. The iconic Start menu has been taken away without a clear replacement.

If you're stuck on a Windows 8 machine and wish you had a Start menu, fear not; the Open Source community is here to help. With Classic Shell, not only can you get a Start menu back, but you also can choose what it looks like and configure every aspect of the menu system you can imagine. Prefer the Windows XP look? No problem. Is Windows 7 your idea of the perfect Windows experience? No problem there either.

Classic Shell is an open-source project originally developed back in the Windows Vista days. Thankfully, it's been updated for the Windows 8 platform, and thanks to Microsoft's design decisions, it's more useful than ever! Grab yourself a copy today at http://www.classicshell.net.

Figure 1. The configuration options offer more features than Microsoft ever offered in its Start menu (screenshot from http://www.classicshell.net).

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Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter

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Why didn't Linux/BSD/open

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Why didn't Linux/BSD/open FOTM OS grow into the world owning desktop OS some people thought? Because of zealots/trolls like the above. And more importantly - because Linux didn't solve the day-to-day useability issues that most modern users face. Yes, you can play *some* games using Wine. Yes you can probably substitute *most* business software using Linux alternatives. And *some* might even run under Wine.

Lack of unified interfaces, the fact that you need to relearn the interface for various software and that there are no strict adherence to standards across the developer community (for better or for worse) makes Linux a confusing experience for a lot of people. And ... it's not Windows. Which adds to the confusing. And, for some it works less well than Windows.

It has absolutely nothing to do with "being a sucker" or "mindless drone" or any of those idiotic statements and everything to do with productivity and hassle free spare time.

And yes, I run Fedora 19 on my laptop thank you very much. Been using Linux off and on on my personal computers since RH 4.x

You're fighting yesteryear's

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You're fighting yesteryear's battles. If you're feeling a little lonely in your concerns about Linux on the desktop, it's because the industry has moved on. Worrying about Windows and the desktop is a bit like worrying about Amtrack's monopoly on passenger rail service. Nobody rides trains anymore.

Why...

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Why is anyone using Windows? Because there is a "sucker born every minute" according to P.T. Barnum. I believe it is more like one born every second, especially if you factor in the Apple and Google crowds. That equates to a whole lot of mindless drones taking up valuable space on planet earth.

Why didn't Linux/BSD/open

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Why didn't Linux/BSD/open FOTM OS grow into the world owning desktop OS some people thought? Because of zealots/trolls like the above. And more importantly - because Linux didn't solve the day-to-day useability issues that most modern users face. Yes, you can play *some* games using Wine. Yes you can probably substitute *most* business software using Linux alternatives. And *some* might even run under Wine.

Lack of unified interfaces, the fact that you need to relearn the interface for various software and that there are no strict adherence to standards across the developer community (for better or for worse) makes Linux a confusing experience for a lot of people. And ... it's not Windows. Which adds to the confusing. And, for some it works less well than Windows.

It has absolutely nothing to do with "being a sucker" or "mindless drone" or any of those idiotic statements and everything to do with productivity and hassle free spare time.

And yes, I run Fedora 19 on my laptop thank you very much. Been using Linux off and on on my personal computers since RH 4.x

At least Apple is UNIX -- unlike Linux or Microsoft

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And many employees have no choice, or rather, they have a Hobsian choice of using Windoze or finding another job.

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Clasic Shell is no longer

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Clasic Shell is no longer open-source http://www.classicshell.net/faq/#general_oss :(

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