I haven't read the whole thread, actually, I just skipped to the end, but I think my comments are fitting with where the discussion is. I use Linux every day at work, very extensively. I've used it at home a number of times. I have nothing against Linux, and I even like Linux, however, as of my last bout of Linux on my home computer, I finally had to give up for now on one decision. The graphics system is just not up to par. I got a new video card and couldn't get any combination of drivers, open source or proprietary, to smoothly play all video I wanted, certainly not as smooth as the same computer could do on Windows 7. Being that this system is hooked to my TV and very heavily used for video, this is just a deal breaker at the moment. That said, there are a number of issues and possible fixes. My system isn't even close to the newest or fastest, if it were a faster computer, the issues probably wouldn't be nearly as noticeable. Video drivers are just a disaster on Linux, even now. In fact, we went from very poor driver support in the past, to a confusingly large number of drivers that all work differently to pick and choose from, but if you get a bad one, it could nearly tank your system. I've been playing with the drivers before and gotten things all messed up. Fixable? Probably. My fault? Probably, but annoying to have to deal with still. I understand that's AMD/Nvidia's fault, not Linux, but it affects Linux directly. It doesn't matter where the blame is placed, it all comes down to it being difficult to get Linux running as smooth as Windows can unless you pick exactly the right hardware.
That said, Linux itself is great. One of my other issues with Linux is that I'm very much a tinkerer, and I usually end up breaking things and having to fix them. In the past I would have enjoyed this more, but these days I'm worn out on fixing computers from work, my tinkering at home has significantly dropped, and with that, I've gone back to just using Windows.
Linux is almost there. They are definitely a viable option these days, but there are still a few things they need to work on, like video drivers. I fully expect that if Steam gains much popularity on Linux, I think it will force these issues to get fixed in the near future. I see Linux being a very definite option in the next couple of years.
DonnieJim, on 31 December 2012 - 15:04, said:
So I'm assuming then that you change your own oil? Replace your own transmission when it fails? You repair your own smartphone do you? You must be excellent in wiring a house or plumbing a kitchen. After all, if you can't do these things then I am assuming, according to your own words, you have learned how to do these and do do these things yourself without help from someone else..
I lol'd at how you tried to make him sound crazy for learning how to do things on his own instead of needing to rely on other people. I change my own oil. If my transmission failed, I'd probably change it myself. I do repair my own smartphone. I do know how to wire a house and plumb a kitchen. It's called being self sufficient. Back in the day they'd probably just call it being a man and knowing how to fix and work on things.