Originally Posted by duox
simple laziness bro. I'm using ubuntu on my travelling laptop while I work on the road. It is forcing me to learn a little more about it everyday. I hope to eventually leave windows behind all together I just am not quite there yet. I still have to learn an easy way to create launch icons. Im having to launch half my programs from the download folder atm -.-.
LOL. I hear you on being lazy. It's why I like Linux more than Windows. Takes less effort most of the time.
Launch icons...I haven't used them since...well Vista. And if you're launching from the user Download folder I'm greatly concerned. Why aren't you basically neglecting to use the one advantage you get over Windows? I just ALt+F2 (if I haven't made a key binding for the runner of whatever DE I'm in) and type maybe 3 letters of the program hit enter and bam it's running. Clicking around on a desktop really slows things down. That's why with Win7 I'm not supper annoyed with MS as you have access to your 9 favorite programs (if you pin them to taskbar) with a "Super/Winkey + #". Still, their search setup for launching programs isn't as smooth as a "runner" in Linux. I have to type the full name of the program just to get most to launch that way in Windows.
Originally Posted by duox
I was extra lazy and just made links using the image the regular icon would have, works well enough haha. The more I mess with ubuntu the more I like it. I'm using 12.04 atm cause it said it was the one with the support. Should I be switching to 13.04 ubuntu ?
12.04 is basically a "freeze" in which they only do critical updates so your programs might be a little outdated (kind of like Debian does things). The whole premise IIRC was under the claim of promoting "stability". 12.04 is supposed to be more stable than the releases between it and the next LTS. I switch just because for me things are constantly receiving more stability through updates and I get access to the most updated versions of the programs I want (most of the time) without having to add a large amount of external repos/PPAs.
Personally, for a single user environment moving to the latest release (13.04 in this case) is a good idea. For something you want stability or just don't want to have to either reinstall or upgrade every 6 months; stick to the LTS releases.
Linux will never become practical or supported if people never use it. That's like expecting the Sears Tower to have assembled itself.
The more people that actually fired up Steam on Linux and wrote to devs that they want their games here...the quicker we'd have them. Producers/devs go where there is a market and right now they continue to say there is no market or reason for Linux support.
Finally, I'm not sure on this as I've never done it...but from what I hear around the net running Windows in a VM in Linux is a far better idea to enjoy both if one doesn't want to dual boot.