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As much as I like Linux I just couldn't get it to work out for my desktop. No matter what I did I could not get more than half of what I needed to do done on Linux. I was using Windows for gaming, and photo editing. (Before anyone says it I don't see a viable alternative to illustrator and lightroom and using the whole adobe suite is just more effective.) I think using wine is stupid. I was using Linux for browsing and typing papers but once I got my transformer I started doing all that kind of stuff on the tablet. This left me with no reason to use it other than the sake of using Linux and generally messing around. It just wasn't worth maintaining Arch and it's occasional breakages for basically no reason. Using a lower maintanaince distro like fedora or opensuse would fix some of this but I feel like I might as well just use Windows then.

I still see there is a huge advantage to using a minimal Linux on a laptop, but on a decently powerful desktop I just don't see the reason anymore. Window has it's foibles but so does Linux.

This is not a windows fanboy post just a general comment.

THIS IS NOT A LINUX NOOB "I TRIED IT FOR 5 SECONDS AND DIDN'T LIKE IT" POST, I HAVE BEEN USING LINUX ON A DESKTOP FOR YEARS!

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Edited by cavallino - 8/13/11 at 11:40am
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post #2 of 126
I can relate...

After years of slax, gentoo and eventually ubuntu, I just got tired of every task being a pain, very very few of my games working and commercial app support always being 5 versions behind.

That being said, there is a lot I miss from linux.
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I gave up after trying to get sound to work in KDE. It detects my actual sound card, my onboard sound, and the HDMI out on my 460, and Phonon is too retarded to figure out which one I want to use. It kept randomly disabling them when I logged in (popping up with a big list of sound cards and asking if I wanted to permanently disable them).

It got to the point where the only sound output that worked was the my SoundBlaster out, even though it was technically "disabled" and the sound only worked in the browser. Playing music files or running Wine yielded no sound.

It was after that I realized that Linux is only good if you're running simple hardware, like a laptop. Even though it was blazing fast and took 15 seconds to boot even on my HDD, it just wasn't worth the hassle.
    
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Originally Posted by nathris View Post
I gave up after trying to get sound to work in KDE. It detects my actual sound card, my onboard sound, and the HDMI out on my 460, and Phonon is too retarded to figure out which one I want to use. It kept randomly disabling them when I logged in (popping up with a big list of sound cards and asking if I wanted to permanently disable them).

It got to the point where the only sound output that worked was the my SoundBlaster out, even though it was technically "disabled" and the sound only worked in the browser. Playing music files or running Wine yielded no sound.

It was after that I realized that Linux is only good if you're running simple hardware, like a laptop. Even though it was blazing fast and took 15 seconds to boot even on my HDD, it just wasn't worth the hassle.
LOLWUT!? You could have just set .asoundrc and forced sound through whatever device you chose. Or do what I do and use OSS4, none of the current DMs can manage it so nothing happens automatically.
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I gave up after trying to get sound to work in KDE. It detects my actual sound card, my onboard sound, and the HDMI out on my 460, and Phonon is too retarded to figure out which one I want to use. It kept randomly disabling them when I logged in (popping up with a big list of sound cards and asking if I wanted to permanently disable them).

It got to the point where the only sound output that worked was the my SoundBlaster out, even though it was technically "disabled" and the sound only worked in the browser. Playing music files or running Wine yielded no sound.

It was after that I realized that Linux is only good if you're running simple hardware, like a laptop. Even though it was blazing fast and took 15 seconds to boot even on my HDD, it just wasn't worth the hassle.
Is it just me who giggled a little when reading this? lol wow dude...
    
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Is it just me who giggled a little when reading this? lol wow dude...
I don't know if giggle came to mind, something though....
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I don't know if giggle came to mind, something though....
/palmface /headshake ?
    
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I gave up on linux when I was told "I should know these things" when asking how to install programs via a command line/terminal.

Not only is the OS a pita to use, run and maintain.... Most of the support userbase is snobby as hell
 
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/palmface /headshake ?
Yeah, more along those lines. lol
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If you want to run Windows applications - run Windows. This why is a lot of people find Linux difficult, as they're expecting their Windows programs to run on a completely different OS.

You wouldn't expect your toaster to drive you to work, so why try it?

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