P_RePTiLe· PReP - Lizard of Reason
Ok, for starters, not all dx10 games runs out of the box, eventhough many can be made to run. that is true.You "can" run games in Linux, and even DX10 games, yeah. But what's keeping you from buying a Windows copy?
The weird thing is... you can spend thousands on your computer but not $100 on a new Windows license.
That's point one.
Point two: Linux can do lots of things. True. But when it comes to expensive components running Linux (like Xeon servers and stuffs), it's mostly for scientific and business stuffs... Unless you're totally broke after buying all of your other PC components and cannot afford a copy of Windows. This is just repeating point one from a different angle... but again... free softwares for the most powerful computer you can possibly afford just doesn't sound right. Unless you're putting it to entertainment purposes... then that's a different reason altogether, and please do mind that the majority of computers in the world (Mac and PC included along with other kinds) are for business and other purposes than entertainment... mainly.
Point three: does Linux run ALL DirectX 10 games PERFECTLY the way they should run on Windows? And I'm not going to mention DirectX 11. And games should be the least on my list though it's one of the reasons. The problem is that under Linux, no matter how good the distribution, it would be very troublesome if drivers don't keep up. You can modify the drivers yourself but that's getting a bit too advanced, beyond the "bleeding edge" and into the "pioneer" level. Same goes for softwares though again, you can add support for something yourself. Same thing holds for Windows but you do not have to worry about adding the support yourself. People do it for you. Linux softwares are more frequently updated, but the quality might not be able to keep up with some softwares on PCs which only have occasional large updates instead of small updates that may potentially break other stuffs. I don't wanna go in-depth about the new kernels of Ubuntu... :innocent: but trust me... they ain't been great.
Last point: how many "casual" users in the world do you think... is using a "bleeding edge" distribution of Linux? :innocent:
And your point about drivers and the likes is moot, linux supports a whole lot more than windows does in that department, even if it has a few holes due to manufacturers not interested in either sharing code or making their own propriety-drivers.
But for instance, my dual core system with an nvidia card is not at all behind windows in drivers in any way with linux,
the point is that all the new fancy stuff is very much interesting in following trough linux
(at least in more bleeding-edge dists who doesn't have a 6 month release schedule like for instance ubuntu.)
The newest Nvidia-beta-drivers comes up on AUR almost instantly - as do alot of new concepts and ideas, as they also do on linux in general.
And all the multi-threaded experiement builds and others, there is alot of interesting things going on right now, in everything from games to multimedia-apps, browsers and other common usage stuff. If you just look around, so new hardware, new ideas, a powerful machine with new parts is very much a go for linux in particular.
In fact, the largest reason for me in running my arch-linux-system is to tinker and try all the new stuff which comes out, so it is very much exactly the other way around, running new hardware on linux makes a lot of sense.
KDE 4.3+ is one example, it is much more "advanced" or "flashy" or "progressive" than windows 7, both visually and performance wise. And that says a bit since win 7 is not a bad OS at all, and has borrowed much of it's ideas both from linux-systems and mac os from what i can tell, since i use it all.
As for things breaking, they do in all os-versions, on all platforms from time to time, running xp or win7 is not problem free either, so that part of the debate is quite moot.
A big difference though is that any problem makes more sense to the end user in linux, as you can easily find out what made what break, and go about fixing it yourself when that happens. All you have to muster is reading, for instance the change/release-log of the new version of the kernel you use, if that was your point
Updates is always a choice for another point.
And for your last statement, i'd say not many.
But in truth that was not the comment you made for starters which is what i opposed, which was about linux being sort of pointless for other than scientific projects and the likes.
And that is the sole point i meant to explain wrong
Now, I'll drop this, since it is not polite to go os/dist/wars about something in a thread with another topic Less we go PM, Let's just shake hands on disagreeing and take joy in the fact that we all can have choices