Re: Ugly @Eadon
Windows 8 is not impractical - it has the Windows desktop.
Is clicking on the Desktop button so difficult? Or, are you complaining about the loss of the Start menu? If you are, then sod off - I think I can speak for a great many people with that comment.
You are, by your own words, a Linux fanboi-cultist, in some regards you are very similar to North Korea - spouting bullshit that has a basis in truth, but with a deep veneer of nonsense and having people sort of agree with you, but who dont want to make themselves known as doing so would be as advantageous as licking a cheese grater.
I fail to understand how, or why, someone who professes to use Linux (and Mint, of all things), is this interested in the Windows UI. Surely it should mean absolutely nothing to you, after-all you are the enlightened individual using Linux after all.
Go play with your command line, you may end up learning something about Linux, and let the grown ups talk.
It would be refreshing to see a product round up discussion board that has some sensible things in it for a change, like are the devices any good etc - from actual users.