I don't have anything personally against the look of Metro. Especially since I prefer "flat" icons over the more popular beveled or 3D variety. What I do object to is the way Metro works - or more correctly, being forced to toss out my current workflow just because Microsoft decided to arbitrarily change the entire user "experience" without so much as a "by your leave." And to add insult to injury, for no real reason other than to do something different to create the appearance they're somehow innovating. And don't even get me going about their closed ecosystem plan for the Metro workspace...
That, I pretty much agree with. IMHO Win8 is a terrible, schizophrenic experience... fine that MS wants to use the same kernel on both PCs and tablets, makes sense to me... and fine to make the metro framework available on the desktop OS as well, since it can work great for some apps... but the mess that is Win8? Ugh. Also, at least for the last preview I saw, not only was the experience schizophrenic as hell, but the finger gestures were at best awkward, and often almost impossible, to do with a mouse. And then there's the whole marketplace thing - imitating crApple is bad enough, but imitating their worst sides? Ugh.
I completely dumped Ubuntu for showing far less hubris than that. And that was before Canonical sold out over UEFI and (more recently) started officially referring to their distro as "The Ubuntu Operating System" without so much as a nod towards its GNU/Linux roots.
I'm not sure exactly what to think of the whole UEFI Secure Boot thing, but that's a topic for another thread - it's not black/white for me, though, but I definitely think it's creepy. As for the GNU/Linux, come on... yes, those two might be the most important things wrt. defining what a Linux distro is, but there's craploads of software in each and every one that aren't "the kernel" and aren't authored by GNU - and it'd be a bit much adding each and every contributor to the name. As long as the project websites clearly acknowledge everybody, stop bitching about such small things. Even the kernel is the least important thing in an OS these days, being such big & complex beasts as they are (that goes for everything from Windows and OS/X to Linux, and even to the less bloated things like *BSD).
That's a bit harsh, IMHO. It works extremely well for tables and phones, and the visual style and simplicity works well for some applications on desktop OSes as well. If your sentence had been "the ungodly mix that is Win8 sux", I would have agreed 100% though.
A shame, since a lot of nice things have been done to the kernel and other core OS components.