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Old 10. Aug 2013, 06:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How about a topic dedicated to Windows

I think this would be a great way to discuss Windows from XP to Win 8. I'm not sure how to get around the Freeware aspect but the majority of this forum's content is dedicated to freeware available for Windows. So maybe there could be 4 subcategories from XP to Win8.
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Old 10. Aug 2013, 07:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's already being discussed in System, although you're supposed to discuss Free OS.

If there will be a Windows section, I don't think subcategories are either inclusive (what about Server, 9x, etc.) or future-proof. None of the forum sections have subcategories anyways.
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Old 10. Aug 2013, 09:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You mean a thread or a forum?

I don't think there is the need for a separate forum to discuss Windows. As J_L says, Windows 8 is already being discussed in the System forum. So, if you want to discuss other versions of Windows too, you can discuss there by starting a new thread.

This forum is about freeware, yes, but still, it's about freeware run on Windows, so, we can discuss about Windows, as we have been doing. Feel free to start threads for different versions of Windows in the System forum.
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... This forum is about freeware.....
In my opinion .....
Windows isn't freeware - at least not legally! If you can discuss a non-free o/s what about non-free applications? If an exception is made for Windows then why not other paid-for products too?
I think discussions should be restricted to freeware as per the site's title:
"Gizmo's freeware - the best freeware reviewed and rated"

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It would be ludicrous not to discuss Windows whether it is paid for or is free like Linux.

Imagine how much we would lose if we removed all Windows helps and tips including common keyboard shortcuts, windowing, task scheduling, and so on.

Freeware for Windows doesn't run without Windows. Windows is also a set of APIs and reusable components. Much freeware is an extension of Windows, is more Windows than independent development, and cannot operate on any other platform.

As a matter of principle, a freeware program, script or macto would be discussed even if it only has one line of free code no matter how much Windows code it utilises. So would we discuss only the free portions of Windows despite the fact that they cannot run independently of the paid portions.
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I hope you don't mind if I continue to have a different take on this ...
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It would be ludicrous not to discuss Windows whether it is paid for or is free like Linux.

Imagine how much we would lose if we removed all Windows helps and tips including common keyboard shortcuts, windowing, task scheduling, and so on.
As I said "I think discussions should be restricted to freeware as per the site's title:
"Gizmo's freeware - the best freeware reviewed and rated" So nothing would be lost by not discussing Windows here,but loads would be gained by discussing the wealth of other freeware. There are loads of other places to discuss Windows in other forums.

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So would we discuss only the free portions of Windows despite the fact that they cannot run independently of the paid portions.
I don't follow this, sorry. Windows operating systems don't have free portions or paid for portions - the whole lot has to be paid for
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I realize creating categories for 4 Windows operating systems would be shaving things thin. However I have been doing some work with each one of them as of late. There are differences in the four but the differences grow smaller starting with Vista to Win8. I suppose the majority of threads would deal with patches for one particular version. However there are important changes on how to deal with thing like booting into safe mode on Win8 or how the MBR changes with Vista.

I don't expect these topics would catch on fire however they could be useful for members having a particular problem with a particular version of Windows.

As for Freeware and Shareware, there is a very fuzzy line separating the two. In my opinion Gizmo does it the best when making the distinction.

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If we choose not to discuss Windows on the forum, or the site, then we won't be able to provide computer support to people with Windows problems, because they all happen on Windows. We will have to turn them all away.

We won't be able to run articles on the site related to Windows tips, Office tips, Startup tips, etc.

You get the gist.

If Windows OS itself was stand alone, and the software did not run on it, we would not allow discussion on Windows, but fact is that the free software do run on Windows, and it's the platform for those software.. therefore, discussion on Windows is inevitable.

But, another forum will not be created for Windows discussion. Any topic of discussion can be started by posting a new thread in the System forum.
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But, another forum will not be created for Windows discussion. Any topic of discussion can be started by posting a new thread in the System forum.
I think you stepped over my point. Never the less there are specific issues unique to each version of Windows. I was not suggesting a new forum, just a new category dedicated to each version. If you think its a bad Idea, oh well than it falls flat on its own merit.

The new and improved Coca Cola idea didn't go well either
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By new category, what do you mean? Sorry, I don't understand.

There are forums, sub-forums, threads and posts on the forum. Which one do you mean?
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