Because I use free BSD
this is the only acceptable answer.
I do use Linux 🐧
Many people don’t use it because it doesn’t come store bought…
As a matter of fact, ChromeOs proved to be successful because you could find it preinstalled in real stores
it’s google… and not a real os
it’s google… and not a real os
Under what definition of “OS” are Android and ChromeOS not Linux-based OSes?
Linux (via Android) is in fact the most popular OS used to browse the web today.
Android does not mean smartphones only anymore, thanks to raspberry it completely replaced WinCE in the embedded world, just think of car entertainment systems, tablets, video conferencing systems, industrial automation (robots and co), VR equipments, etc…
It’s not a SINGLE os.
The base OS (the top layer in the pic) is gentoo based.
Because it’s GNU/Linux 🧔♀️
It’s a sin to speak that name in vain
I do for all my machines except the daily driver and at work.
I want to switch over my main system to Linux but I’m putting it off because I feel like I need a full day or two to just transfer simple things like browser info, save games, find utility apps, etc. Plus a bunch of games that I like playing still don’t work on Linux. I also haven’t looked into how to attempt to play “unlicensed” games on Linux yet.
I’ve been using Linux for 3 years in college
My Linux distro hop went
ZorinOS -> Fedora Workstation -> Nobara Linux -> Now (VanillaOS)
Hows VanillaOS compare to Fedora/Nobara for school? I work + take courses at the college and 99% of the time Fedora works wonderfully. The only issue I’ve ran into is using Respondous Lockdown Browser as it has to be done with a VM and they don’t like VMs whatsoever
Works great, I’ve never had issues. I’ve only had one prof that used lockdown and which I told them. I use Linux, and it doesn’t support it, so they made accommodations (Schools are required to). I use the containers in the software to install various scripts for marketing etc. Flatpak’s are nice and easy to use. It has native AppImageLauncher support.
AppImageLauncher is the move if you use any app images for sure! Super sweet it’s ready to rock on install with VanillaOS
no installation needed
Exactly, I was referencing the VanillaOS install. I’m setting up a VM soon to test the waters 100%
I keep trying Linux for a week or so at a time, but every time I do, I just can’t do what I want on it. It lacks software like Playnite - a FOSS game launcher that lets me manage my collection of games across different platforms. Discord on it doesn’t support screen audio when screen sharing, and the app that enables it is finicky at best. I end up spending more time in my terminal than doing browsing, playing games, etc, like I’d like to be doing.
I don’t hate Linux. I love the idea of Linux, but in practice… I just have a really hard time enjoying my time on my computer with it.
I just came off running Nobara for 2 days then moving because of compatibility issues and its UI feeling slow, then I ran Mint for another 5 days. I hope one day Linux can be what I want from my PC.
There’s a ton of game launchers, for instance this one just came out the other day and allegedly launches your games from Steam/Heroic/Bottles/etc. Not sure if it’s what you need but it seems weird there wouldn’t be an alternative to Playnite: https://flathub.org/apps/details/hu.kramo.Cartridges
Screensharing looks like something to wait on though. I’ve heard of people getting it to work but seems finicky
Edit: Looks like Playnite has distant goals of supporting Linux. Could be a race between these two apps for you to see which one gets working first
Nah I’ve been through all those. Playnite has things like the ability to auto-scan launchers, launching from emulators, running scripts before / after games launch and after they close, and a really robust library of plugins and add-ons from its community. I’ve looked into the others, the best one for my use would be Lutris, but even then everything just feels extremely jank and it’s entirely disheartening. I appreciate the thoughtful reply though. It’s clear you actually looked into this quite a bit.
Lutris.net is an alternative to Playnite.
Steam and emulators work great but somethings are more complicated. As far as games your confined inside the steam environment unless you’re willing to do extra work.
too hard to find pirated games, i’ll switch when my mathusalem PC finally decides to break (and by then i hope to have some more coin, PCs really became expensive in the last six yeas!!!)
Most of the time you can follow the exact same steps as Windows piracy and run the games using Wine through Lutris. I pirate a ton of games on the Steam Deck this way.
Just play pirated windows games? With lutris?
I have a bit of everything at home. A windows PC, a mac laptop, a couple of linux boxes to run media servers etc
I’ve installed Linux Mint (w/ Cinnamon desktop) recently in a workplace for teenage students school/office work on an old hardware. However, they did not accept it because it did not have a Microsoft Word but a LibreOffice Writer. Apparently, LibreOffice was too confusing for them so they just switched back to Win.
I do dual boot linux on a laptop i have that is 10 years old (linux mint). I would consider myself ‘intermediate’ when it comes to knowledge of software and stuff, and I mostly find Linux pretty frustrating to use beyond simply browsing the web, it feels like there is always a byzantine process to do stuff that Windows can do easily without hassle. Not that I really like Windows at all. Otherwise, I’d use it all the time.
There’s a bit of a learning curve to dial in all the stuff you regularly do with windows on a linux based OS. But by making your daily driver a linux based machine you’ll be kind of forced to figure it out. Took me maybe a month to fully get each little thing setup but now I have more versatile resources to handle the same tasks. Worth it alone to stop the invasive tracking by Microsoft to me. Plus with all the easily accessible open sourced software available in linux, I now often wonder what took me soo long to drive in
Linux guy here, there is a shrinking list of things that I can’t do with Linux. That’s when I spin up quick Windows 10 VM, do the task, and delete. Hasn’t come up in over 15 months.
Presently, I use Linux regularly (desktop, servers, etc.) I love it and prefer it, and all the games I play run on it. There are a few devices I don’t use it on yet:
Android phones use a modified version of the Linux kernel, so they are ostensibly “running linux”
If you got the M1/2 check out Asahi Linux
I use it one everything except my word-provided laptop. I would use it there too, but our IT department is too Windows-brained to convince them otherwise.
I daily drive linux on the laptop i use the most. All servers are linux. Other than that, my gaming rig is still on windows, work laptop is macOS.
Im a tinkerer, so playing with different OSes is fun to me