Originally Posted by Peanuts4
But this is with additional software "Jockey" it's not integrated into the OS like windows update correct? It's only with distros running gnome right? Which makes sense. I think this is pretty fantastic really. Don't get me wrong my last post was not entirely directed towards you but the two geniuses who were busy banging the fanboy drums.
Jockey can be on any distro so long as the distro maintainer chooses it to be there, I believe there are also a QT version of Jockey for those who don't want to pull in the GTK dependencies and want it to integrate well with their KDE or other QT based desktop. Also, Jockey isn't to be confused with the update manager - as that is a seperate piece of software. Jockey finds closed source drivers for hardware in your system and offers you the choice of using those closed source proprietary drivers - without having to figure out how to get them to work.
Your point about it being integrated into the OS or not is moot with Linux. The operating system is GNU/Linux which is the GNU utilities with the Linux kernel which comprises only a command line environment. Anything else is technically NOT built into the operating system. Everything else is optional. Distributions on the other hand do have things like Jockey built in. For example, all of the *Buntus and Mint's have Jockey and a few other distros have Jockey installed by default. From there, most popular GUI-driven beginner or "easy" distros have Jockey in the repositories available to be installed by the click of a button (not the type of a command) including Fedora, which frowns upon closed-source software (Jockey itself being open source, this doesn't violate their directives)
I'm going to come out front and apologize for being rash at first - it's clear that you had a lot of generalized assumptions about Linux, and that's not exactly your fault. In the past a lot of them would have been true, but Linux is ready for the mainstream now. That said the terminal still exists, and its a very powerful tool. It's not required that you know it, but strongly encouraged. A little bit of terminal experience goes a long ways. For example, if you know a bunch of software you like by name - instead of searching each individual piece of software in the repositories a single one-line command can install them all at once.
That said, it you are more comfortable with Windows or OSX - so be it. Operating system preference is a choice
. Use what works for you. There are huge positives to some operating systems over others, and huge pitfalls for some over others - but in the end its all about what works for you. Us geeky overclocking types are typically more keen to Linux as it allows us further control over our computing experience, and sees large performance gains in most tasks. Us geeky types also like our games, and there is a little bit of sacrifice in that department with Linux still. I have been gaming on Linux for around 7 years now, and only a handful of titles have been beyond my level of knowledge to get working - or actually impossible (Battlefield 3, Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, a couple of smaller titles) I'll be the first person to tell you - its not for everyone (yet).
Anyways, I'm always happy to share knowledge, and clear up false assumptions. Have a good one - I gotta get ready for work ><.Edited by Xaero252 - 8/8/13 at 1:28pm