I would use Linux as my main operating system if...



  • Nope, not a poll. Just curious what your thoughts would be to make Linux your main operating system.

    Mine are:

    1. Steam games must work
    2. Needs better .NET support (mono is doing a reasonably good job, but 4.5 is out and a decent chunk of async things have issues)
    3. I'd appreciate a better GUI wrapper for pretty much all the magical incantations that are required to get things working.Granted, this doesn't stop me from using Linux on my server, but FFS this is more work than should be required. It's a barrier to entry!

    Yes, I know a chunk of you already use linux as a primary OS.


  • SockDev

    1. All my games, not just Steam ones. I have a bunch of emulators and stuff that don't work well under Wine or Crossover.
    2. Less fiddly with stuff. I'm a programmer, sure, but I don't want to spend time on my tools. Big fan of click and done, and my experience of Linux on the desktop continues to require hassle to get most things done.


  • Gaming and Microsoft Office. I need to be able to handle spreadsheets with macros from time to time and the Open Office variants don't cut it. I also don't trust Open Office to maintain layout compatibility with Word for any remotely complex document.


  • SockDev

    @Keith said:

    I also don't trust Microsoft Office to maintain layout compatibility with Word for any remotely complex document.

    FTFY



  • Unfortunately for me, "my games on Steam" includes a certain Valve game from 2010 that only supports Windows.


  • SockDev

    Not even via Crossover?



  • My games on steam includes darksouls 2.



  • I could probably run it through wine, but that would mean running Steam through wine, and that would mean either not having any native Steam games or having to restart Steam every time I wanted to play a different game.


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    @ben_lubar said:

    Unfortunately for me, "my games on Steam" includes a certain Valve game from 2010 that only supports Windows.

    Huh? Which one? Is there a Valve game, not just a Source engine game from 2010 that hasn't been ported? Portal 2 is 2011, and it has indeed been ported, no idea when but I see a penguin there (meaning it's high time I buy the damned thing).



  • probably the one he keeps showing us youtube videos of.


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    @ben_lubar said:

    I could probably run it through wine, but that would mean running Steam through wine, and that would mean either not having any native Steam games or having to restart Steam every time I wanted to play a different game.

    Again, WUT? Steam on Wine is not perfect, but for what works, it works the same as a native install. Unless you insist on a separate Wine prefix for each Steam + game install combo. I have Steam in Wine and I can start a game, close the game, and I'm back in Steam.


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    @Matches said:

    probably the one he keeps showing us youtube videos of.

    Oh crap, that's VALVE? Ok, my mistake, I thought it was an independent title made in Source engine.



    • The perfect Windows VirtualBox emulation, including seamless game support.
    • Linux Desktops ironing out the kinks to the point they are as polished as Mac or Windows.

    So, probably never.


  • BINNED

    And as a response to the OP: I already did. Overall I experience less irritation with it than Windows. Shit mostly just works for me. Either I'm lucky or annoyed more with Windows' failings for some reason. Or I am TRWTF. Pick one or all.



  • You have a low performance PC right? (ie: 1-3gb ram, 2ghrz dual core type of thing?)

    I wouldn't want windows with that either (unless you're talking about xp, but xp and the new linux stuff are mostly comparable... mostly.) [my work computer meets these specs, supposedly getting an upgrade by december. but I would fucking rage if i had to deal with it at home too]


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    @Matches said:

    You have a low performance PC right? (ie: 1-3gb ram, 2ghrz dual core type of thing?)

    Nope, it's fairly decent. Though my main machine atm is a laptop with a i5 ultra-low power thing (i5-3317U) but I'd imagine it behaves well under Windows.

    I guess I'm not afraid of tinkering a bit if I need to. Which I can't even if I wanted to on Windows even if I was so inclined. I do use Mint though, which is as close to "use GUI for everything" as Linux comes these days. I don't have the patience for things such as Arch Linux either.



  • Yeah, I stole your linux mint suggestion passing mention and am now running it in text mode for an nginx reverse proxy server that's also hosting a php vm and shortly a windows application vm. (For the prototype thing I'm working on) Of all the linux distros i've used in the past 5 years, it's been by far the least frustrating.


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    @Matches said:

    Yeah, I stole your linux mint suggestion passing mention and am now running it in text mode for an nginx reverse proxy server that's also hosting a php vm and shortly a windows application vm.

    Tried that myself for some of our servers, turned out stock Debian fits us well and, as small as it is, Mint's overhead is just that in our case - overhead. With no need for a GUI and PPA support Debian does a fine job.

    I'm still a fan of having easy access to some experimental / third party software through the package manager, and PPAs are the least obtrusive way of doing that I saw so far, so it's Mint for desktop machines still in my case.



  • @Arantor said:

    FTFY

    OH SNAAAP someone's been reading the Big Book 'O' Slashdot Tropes.

    Yes, "Word can't open Word files any better than OpenOffice" is common wisdom there. Yes, it is in fact complete and utter bullshit as anybody who's actually used either product could easily verify. Or, in their words, "FUD".


  • area_deu

    Some of the tiling ones are really polished! Just barely usable if you don't learn them.
    ...
    KDE5 seems to be taking a step towards less chaos without neutering everything like Gnome3 did, so who knows, maybe it will end up being the Linux Desktop to win over people's hearts.


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