Originally Posted by tout
The last time I had sound issues in Linux was back in the Mandrake 8 era. In other words, a long time ago. Sound simply works at boot in every distribution I've used since then, which has been too many to remember them all. I currently have less issues with sound in Linux than I do in Windows, which continually kills my sound and I have to uninstall then reinstall my Creative drivers to get it working again.
As for video, I've never used dual displays at differing resolutions so I can't comment, I bought matching monitors for triple screen. I had issues with that as even Windows has issues still. This is a big reason I dumped multi monitor, too many incompatibilities.
I believe it comes down to what hardware you buy. At this point, you should know which operating system you plan to run (as there are differences between Windows versions as well) and buy accordingly. You can't blame the operating system for your failure to research before you buy. It's pretty easy to search for issues with a piece of hardware and anyone who frequents this forum should do this on a regular basis before purchases.
They both have their problems.
Since I am full time Linux since shortly after Mint 13 released (May 23rd, 2012) I am thrilled that Steam is doing this project. I will support them and hopefully this will begin the era of gaming in Linux for the masses.
I am not blaming the OS, merely responding to the claim that "Linux software tends to be of a much higher quality then that of windows, much higher", which is not always the case. there are certain areas linux certainly surpasses windows in terms of software and ability, but often times it can barely compete with windows software.
as for vagrant storm example, he is right, there are a lot of "alternative" software as there isn't a direct port of it to linux, that pales in comparision to its windows counterpart, and there are several examples of software that is made for both platforms and the linux one lacking compared to the windows one. perfect example was firefox, my hatred for firefox did not begin in windows, but linux. its port just went down hill, release after release, it was slower and more unstable than its windows counterpart, things have improved of course with this rapid race to hit triple digit versions it seems to be in with chrome, but it was enough to make me switch to another browser when i was in linux.
the other that comes to mind is skype, it was neglected for a very long time, it seems under new management it has slightly improved.
also my IDE of choice runs a lot better in windows than it does linux, even tho java in linux is superior than its windows counterpart (as it is a java based IDE), all the other things in linux that are lacking, effect it. (mainly font rendering, but that is more of a configuration problem), but searching projects or indexing them take about 3 times longer in linux than it does in windows. syntax highlighting is hideously slow as well, it takes 10 seconds to a full minute sometimes from opening a file, before the highlighting is done. same with error reporting, there have been plenty of times, when the IDE does not give any indication that there is a problem with the code, but when i run it, it boinks. these are minor differences, not enough to ward me off from using it tho, and if they continue to get worst, I'm more than happy to find another IDE.
these are all things i learned to accept about the OS a long time ago, but after several years, they are only marginally getting better or even addressed by the community.