@CrazyEyes said in Linux user-facing software usability:
But, assuming you aren't using a DE or video playing software that is total ass, it really should not be a problem on modern distros to do something as simple as play a video.
As many people have asserted in this thread, it's not a problem to play a video on modern distros. Like I asked earlier, would anyone be surprised when an oddball, inexpertly stripped down version of WinCE failed to play video? No? But it's WINDOWS! Windows always plays video first time, every time! (I hope you see my point.)
I had to remove their stupid community nVidia driver, which was a useless piece of software that did not work at all...
Yep. That's nVidia's fault. They actively frustrate efforts to develop a Freely licensed driver.
(yes, they exist, and yes, you should always install the manufacturer's drivers if they are available)
Only if you're using nVidia hardware... because the open-source NV drivers are painstakingly reverse engineered, and generally don't work well (or at all, depending on the phase of the moon and other factors).
I also had to enter some interesting positional offsets in the nVidia configuration tool for X-Windows to get my multi-monitor setup to work
That's because the closed-source nVidia drivers are (on every axis other than AAA gaming 3D performance) garbage when compared to Team Blue or Team Red's open source drivers. This stuff Just Works(TM) at least as well as it does in Windows with all of the open source drivers. nVidia loves to reinvent the wheel in an incompatible manner and refuses to use really any of the officially supported methods of doing screen configuration.
Just say no to nVidia if you're planning to run Linux. Compared to the experience with Team Red or Team Blue, it's just an endless trail of heartache.