This is worst for people like myself that are learning about Linux.
I get servers- today, and twenty years ago when I ran hlds for an in-house Counter-Strike server. I get attempting to use it as a sole desktop OS, so long as there's nothing that you *require* Windows for, or you can run a dual-boot or VM as needed.
But what really gets me are the Linux gaming evangelists. Square peg, round hole, and 'building their identity around it' is just getting started.
You can play games just fine with Linux depending on which games you want to play. Plus if you are willing to use Wine that ups the amount of games quite a bit. Not perfect however.
...and Wine is the sledgehammer that gets used to force the square peg into the round hole. You've just reinforced his point quite nicely.
I get that. I'm talking about those for whom Linux is a religion, and they apply that fervor to Linux Gaming.
The challenge with Linux gaming is really very clear: unless a game was built with it in mind, it either has to be hand-ported (if it uses OpenGL/Vulkan) or wrapped (if it uses DX), and generally speaking this means that most AAA-games are not going to be positive experiences right now.
This is changing, slowly, as the major engine developers take Valve's cue and try to ensure compatibility with the Debian-based SteamOS standard, but it'll be slow, and that religious fervor that the Linux faithful apply to anything computing works overtime to push people away and toward the Windows solution that just works.
There's the driver issue as well. Until new GPUs routinely get feature-complete and stable Linux driver support at (or close to) launch, Linux will be a second-class OS for gaming.
Thin Man wrote:
Let's be fair, I kinda like penguins...Although I do have to say I've never found a six foot one that could run a hundred miles an hour...But then again, I'm not Finnish or Swedish...I guess it makes a difference...
Little known fact: There is a species of subterranean penguin living underneath the Bonneville salt flats. Now and then small dust clouds can be seen there which are often mistaken for prototype vehicle testing. It's the penguins, and they bite.
I hear they're also venomous. The livers of the subterranean herring on which they feed contain small amounts of a potent neurotoxin; the penguins have evolved the ability to concentrate this toxin in their salivary glands.
It is rumored that the military started a top-secret program to weaponize the toxin back in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Leaked documents (authenticity of which cannot be independently verified) state that harvesting of salivary glands (which was generally fatal for the penguin) nearly wiped out the wild population, until a captive breeding program was started at Groom Lake (the infamous "Area 51"), roughly 400 miles to the southwest. Subsequent development of a device to harvest the toxin without removing the salivary gland made it possible to obtain the toxin without causing permanent harm to the bird, substantially increasing production rate; toxin can be harvested repeatedly from the same bird, at roughly 4 month intervals. The military has denied the existence of this program, though an anonymous source claims it was still in operation as of 1988 or 1989, and that to this day the military maintains a substantial cache of the concentrated toxin in cryo-storage.