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Poll Results: Why are you not using GNU+Linux?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 46% of voters (297)
    Because of games
  • 18% of voters (117)
    There are programs that I need that are not supported by the platform (excluding games)
  • 8% of voters (57)
    I don't know how to use GNU+Linux or have never been exposed to it
  • 10% of voters (70)
    I like the "it just works" idea with Windows or MAC operating systems
  • 14% of voters (91)
    Windows or MAC (or another less known OS) fills my needs suitably
  • 1% of voters (10)
    RMS is a nutcase for making everyone write GNU+Linux and should be locked up
639 Total Votes  
post #221 of 265
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Originally Posted by Shadow11377 View Post

With the drastic UI changes being forced upon Windows users, I would be first in line to switch to any distro of Linux, if it had the capability to play all the games that windows can.

My friend has a mac, and even though macs can play a lot of games that work primarily on the PC, with the few he can't play I am certain I would never use a mac. I'm told that Linux is far worse with game compatibility, so it just would not work for me.

I hope some day it will be possible for Linux to achieve this goal, but I'm not the most optimistic about it seeing how game developers make console-exclusive titles, it's not likely they'll have a different stance on Operating Systems. It's easier for tech support to deal with one OS. They probably don't want anything to do with a second, or third if they already support macs.

why not run linux and use a windows vm? a vm just to play games. then you don't deal with the ui but its there to play. you can set the gpu to pass though so theres no drop in fps. if you had two monitors you could even full screen the vm on one and have the linux host on the other. just keep steam open 24/7 on the windows one and do real work on the linux one.

EDIT---

or just use the workspaces to shift between steam/windows and linux on one monitor
post #222 of 265
On my core i7 gaming laptop, and my gaming desktop (sig) I run Windows. For gaming purposes, obviously. Other builds I am running Linux. I'm kind of a freeware enthusiast.
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post #223 of 265
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why not run linux and use a windows vm? a vm just to play games. then you don't deal with the ui but its there to play. you can set the gpu to pass though so theres no drop in fps. if you had two monitors you could even full screen the vm on one and have the linux host on the other. just keep steam open 24/7 on the windows one and do real work on the linux one.
EDIT---
or just use the workspaces to shift between steam/windows and linux on one monitor

Sure one could do that but then again is there really a point of going it that way. If you run a windows VM you still need a licence so no money saved. Further more a lot of the linux software have a fully functioning windows variant and if you truly need a program that does not then you can always run linux on a VM.

It's kinda like I have never understood why people dual boot. If you can live with out windows then why go through the extra trouble of swapping OS's all the time as well maintaining the two.
    
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post #224 of 265
i work in telecoms providing support for VOIP systems like Swyx, Avaya, and Mitel. Mitel and Avaya.

the main one being Swyx and it is currently heavily dependent on a Windows based platform for the end soft clients and the actual PBX itself. I can use any SIP client with Swyx through SIP authentication to the PBX but i loose all the additional functionality that the SwyxIt! client provides.
post #225 of 265
Because of Drivers and Games. IF Steam for Linux takes off I may switch.
post #226 of 265
Biggest reason is games. Second but not so important is that open source office apps are not completely compatible with MS office, which is needed in the business world. I could deal with the office thing, but gaming just isn't happening at this point. I definitely have hope with Steam getting into it, but it will be some time, probably several years, before we see massive support in Linux.

I multi-boot windows and Ultimate Edition. I so love UE, but have to boot into to windows to game. When I am gaming a lot I pretty much stay in windows. When I not gaming much I stay pretty much in UE. During the 2011 Steam summer sale I gobbled up tons of games and didn't boot into Linux until sometime earlier this year. I actually miss running in Linux, but gaming keeps me in windows. sadsmiley.gif
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post #227 of 265
Because Solaris, OpenSolaris & OpenIndiana exist.
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post #228 of 265
I use windows 7 as my main operating system, mainly because of games and compatibility with my programs at work. But of I am not gaming and not working I usually just boot Linux up as I have dual boot. I won't be swapping to windows 8 anytime soon as long as you have to sign away your rights.
post #229 of 265
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Originally Posted by jrl1357 View Post

cough*metro*cough. xfce lxde and kde are fairly simple and unity and gnome 3 are great once you get the hang of it
maybe we can help you out. which programs do you feel this in?
then change it. thats the beauty of linux. you don't like it, change it.

I was not comparing Linux to Windows 8, and I wasn't talking about just the GUI. I was talking about applications, ages ago Apple had a book about user interface standards, Macs were pretty good about it, Windows was sorta OK at times, but Linux was just a jungle since when you don't really get paid to develop things, do you really care if you adhere to how you make your UI look?

I'm past messing with desktop Linux, I'm 40 next month and originally messed with it when I was young guy, when I had shell access, setting up slackware and SLIP to connects to the internets. Gimmie some Plug and Play, I'm a born again Chrismas Modemer (what we called kids who got a new modem and where newbies to BBSes).
post #230 of 265
you want plug and play? Install mint. Cinnamon is quite nice as well.
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