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A writer for Forbes has been talking about the positives of switching to Linux

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How do you know Linux is gaining steam outside of the usual circles? When you see writers like Jason Evangelho from Forbes switching over to Linux and writing about his experience.

He's been writing about Linux since early July, his reasoning for trying out Linux I'm sure will sound familiar to anyone who has used Windows often:

A few weeks ago during a time-sensitive 350GB file transfer, Windows 10 rebooted without warning. When the OS restarted I was greeted with an infuriating blue screen that had become all too familiar. No, not that infuriating blue screen. The one that declares "Working On Updates." It was, as they say, the last straw. After two decades of relying on Windows I finally decided it was time for the nuclear option.

He continues on to talk a little about his experience, including Linux Mint having an off day not finding a drive to install on. However, that didn't stop him, whereas I'm sure other writers would have then gone off on a rant he simply picked a different distribution (Ubuntu). Usually, when I see such writers on major news websites writing about Linux, it ends up coming across as a pretty disappointing read as if they've set themselves up not to like it. So it was incredibly refreshing to see him have a little patience to push through it. It's the same for anything that's new to you, if you're not prepared to learn a little—you will probably fail. 

The latest article, titled Gaming On Linux: 2 Ridiculous Myths And 2 Brutal Truths, features yours truly after we had a bit of a chat. We went over the usual points, most of which will be well-known to our regular readers and people who've been using Linux for a long time. Still, some of it felt important to actually get across to a wider audience. This is why I appreciate Evangelho's writing, because he reached out to people in the community for feedback and help. To make sure he actually understood various upsides and downsides of using Linux for work and play. Although, it's slightly amusing how I mentioned Wine a little and then along comes Valve with Steam Play.

It's really fantastic to see more people on major websites actually try Linux for themselves and have a positive experience. More like this please.

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Power-Metal-Games 4 September 2018 at 1:12 pm UTC
Liam Dawe, I doubt you ever thought you will appear in Forbs Forbes one day.


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Arehandoro 4 September 2018 at 1:13 pm UTC
I hear loud and wide how Forbes nowadays it's not what it used to be anymore*. Yet these articles are not only welcomed but also appreciated.

* Actually not that loud and not that wide, my comment was more of a southern hyperbole than an analysis on Forbes' articles xD


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Salvatos 4 September 2018 at 2:15 pm UTC
Well that's refreshing indeed - also Ubuntu has changed more than I knew since I last used it.

But the fact that it lets you opt out of data collection at first launch instead of asking you to opt in still doesn't feel right. It's not the Linux way, if I have any authority to say so myself.
dodrian 4 September 2018 at 2:30 pm UTC
I wonder if we should be talking about gaming on linux in a slightly different way.

The platform really is in an incredible place at the moment - especially as the writer mentions only ten years ago we mostly had penguin-themed games to play (not that I didn't enjoy many hours of bobsledding in Tux Racer!). There's now so much to choose from!

If you want to be a gamer on linux in the sense that you want to use linux and find games you like, there's really no reason not to switch. Pretty much every genre is represented, with many games of each, and even some AAA games at comparable performance. Wine will take care of almost any classic titles if you want that nostalgia factor.

If you want to be a gamer in the sense of being on the cutting edge and keeping up with the latest trends and technologies in gaming, then maybe Linux isn't for you, or not as your main gaming OS. If you want access to <i>specific</i> titles, it can be problematic, and even when there are ports, they're often late by a month or two, which also applies for updates and DLC to those games. I get that for some people this is a really important part of their hobby, and in this instance Linux doesn't work for them.

Instead, what I try and share with people about Linux is the freedom it offers - I'm in full control of what's on my computer, and it's never going to do anything like what the author mentions and force an update at an inconvenient time (and if for some reason any distro tries that, you can all but guarantee there will be a fork that doesn't within days). That freedom includes so much software and many games to choose from that I'll never feel like there's something I can't do, or a type of game that I can't play with my computer.

While I'm grateful for Wine, and Steam Play, and their associated technologies, sometimes I think focusing on them (the "Brutal Truths" ) holds us back from talking about what the platform really has to offer. What do y'all think?

EDIT: This post isn't really directly in response to the linked article, but something I've been mulling over for a while brought to the forefront of my mind after reading it.


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chancho_zombie 4 September 2018 at 2:47 pm UTC
Power-Metal-GamesLiam Dawe, I doubt you ever thought you will appear in Forbs Forbes one day.
I hope it translates to more donations, big fishes there. Maybe u should create the gaming on linux stock


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Mountain Man 4 September 2018 at 2:54 pm UTC
My wife recently bought a new laptop with Windows preinstalled. I spent a couple of hours uninstalling all the junk software that it came with and configuring the OS so that she could use it.

I had another older computer that needed a fresh OS install, so I put KDE Neon on it. The whole process from start to finish took about 30-minutes, and it "just worked".

I hate Windows.
72184 4 September 2018 at 3:01 pm UTC
I have seen Jason's name pop up around the tech community from time to time over the years, as soon as i saw this headline i thought to myself "I wonder if Jason made the switch" and sure enough he did. This made my day.
1xok 4 September 2018 at 3:16 pm UTC
Good reading. And I didn't even know that side:

https://spcr.netlify.com/

Maybe a little bit more useful than the Google Docs sheet. ;)

Thanks to this page it is now very easy to check your own library against the tests.

It's always nice to see how productive the community is working together. That's why I love Linux and other free systems.


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anewson 4 September 2018 at 3:19 pm UTC
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Congrats on becoming our de facto industry spokesperson, we couldn't have made a better choice. Also appreciated your down to earth answers in the article.
Salvatos 4 September 2018 at 3:21 pm UTC
dodrianWhile I'm grateful for Wine, and Steam Play, and their associated technologies, sometimes I think focusing on them (the "Brutal Truths" ) holds us back from talking about what the platform really has to offer. What do y'all think?
I see it as managing expectations. You give something a glowing review and pretend it doesn't have any flaws, people will feel betrayed and be that much quicker to bash it. You tell them right off the bat about the issues that exist and the choices they need to make, and they'll be ready to face and accept them if they do decide to try it out (and if they don't, they won't feel personally let down by the shortcomings).

To me it would be a much graver mistake to go around claiming that "Steam can now play thousands of Windows-only games!" and leave it at that than to say "Steam can now run thousands of Windows titles with acceptable performance, subject to your system specs." The caveat may not be as shiny, but I think there's value in being open and honest instead of trying to make things look better than they really are (even if it's just by omission).
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