01.12.2012 @ 11:24
Very true Volsung, and I have tried. Believe me, I have tried. Still have dualboot on the desktop, but think the Linux Mint distro has gotten botched now as it didn't launch last time I tried. However, I ran into so many problems for the most ridiculously small things, and had to spend the day browsing the internet just trying to find a solution. There were usually as many solutions as hits, and few of them worked. I got mighty frustrated very fast, and eventually just gave up on the whole thing. Even games in Linux packages (or whatever they are called, I forget) like Warzone 2100 didn't work properly. IIRC, the sound was gone, impossible to retrieve, and it crashed frequently.
I wish I could make the full transition, I really do, but I've tried so many times and have just given up right now. It has proven to be too frustrating an exercise, when all I want to do is fire up the game, or for that matter just install and fire up an application.
Hell, at times it was just completely elementary stuff like getting additional disks to auto-load. Quite often the computer would just freeze too, and I had no idea how to fix that, so had to restart instead of the windows trick of Ctrl alt delete.
Maybe people will make suggestions on how to solve these things now, and maybe Mint works better now than version 7 or whatever I had last, but don't think I want to go down that path again, not now anyhow. As problematic as Windows is in terms of privacy, spyware, phoning home and whatnot, I actually saw the upsides to Windows by using Linux. That's crazy, but it's my experience. Steam on the other hand is something I don't at all need to play games, so I stay well clear of it and always will. The idea of such a gate-keeper-ish container application disgusts me, and that's not even touching on the application's workings at all, the corporation's practices, or the future of gaming if these guys get de facto monopoly.
Based on my experience (and I'm not a total mug with computers), I'd certainly say that the biggest problem for "Linux", still, is the steep learning curve and user friendliness.