Linux Turns 20 Years Old, Now Has Some Game



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"I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu)"

"It is NOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have :-(."

Ah the irony in these two quotes! Today Linux is found in everything from mobile phones to multi-million dollar super computers.



       No operating system can meet everyone's needs out-of-box simply because there are billions of people that have their own personal needs or disabilities that can affect how they use their particular system.

       Many people are quick to down Linux for having to set up firmware or having occasional driver related issues; however, I might mention that Windows too must have drivers plus third party programs installed to meet the needs of most users. I've had driver related issues with mid to high-end Windows machines that included Wifi (which many people are quick to point out with Linux) and eternal hardware such as printers. From the system standpoint I find Unix based systems to be superior to Windows NT. From my personal experience, Linux (varies on distro) is more carefree after setup. Whereas a Microsoft machine you spend too much time doing unnecessary maintenance that should be automated out-of-box.

       Unix systems are more secure. We all know that part. If Windows requires a security suite, why does it not come pre-installed? Ever feel the base system is rather stripped down and feel the need to download several third party programs such as VLC Media Player or whatnot to perform your needs? Yea, I think even non computer savvy users are guilty of that too. Why does a three hundred dollar operating system not come with these things built in? By the way Microsoft fans, contrary to the popular belief, Linux is the most widely used operating system and is found in the most fastest servers in the world.

       Linux is also, in most cases, is free plus open source. You have an immense community of professional talented developers working to create, improve and perfect it. The main reason why you don't find it more often on general consumer's systems is the simple fact that most people purchase their systems with Windows pre-installed and in many cases don't know what an operating system is. I call it the Microsoft monopoly. Not trying to insult those of you who aren't computer geeks since we're all smart in something. That's the reason why many software or game developers choose not to target Linux. If more computer manufactures offered Linux pre-installed and advertised the benefits of using it, you'd see more consumer systems with it as well as small businesses with desktops or laptops.

       Microsoft, possibly unintentionally, has created an ideology that if it is not Windows, then it must be inferior. Quite the contrary can be said. Linux machines can do everything that a modern Windows machine can and then some. What would happen if the market suddenly waived in favor of Linux? Would the quality greatly improve? Absolutely, but I might also mention that it is already a well-built system by actual professionals instead of an amateur geek in their parent's basement. You don't have to be a geek to use Linux anymore either. I think you can fill in the dots for the rest.

       My favorite system is Arch Linux with an Xfce shell. Nothing more, nothing less than what I want. Considering something better comes along that fits my personal needs more than before, then I'll probably switch to something else. (^<_^)



for being younger thanWindows and Mac, Linux has come quite a way in it's short time thus far.   I agree that the command line is a nice way to do some things, but I prefer to do them graphically, using CLI only when it's the only way to get something to work, though for me that's been super rare in the 'I have to use it or else stuff won't work'. Though I have tried to use it to see what the CLI lovers were talking about and I find it nice, but not for me, (like Corfy). 




@Zoandar - ignorance is a bliss indeed.

Linux had a GUI way before linux existed... How? X (that's a GIU for every *Nix) was introduced to the MIT Project Athena community in the following email in June 1984, Windows 1.0 was not released until November 1985.



This article makes it sound like the only way to play a game in Linux is to run WINE. There are plenty of games available for Linux. Granted, most of the popular commercial games aren't available for Linux, and only some of them will run with WINE, but there are a lot of games out there.

Here is a link to a page listing "42 of the best free Linux Games" (all of which run without WINE):

I'll bring your attention to a few of those: Alien Arena 2008, Nexuiz, Urban Terror, Flightgear, Frets on Fire, Battle for Wesnoth, and my personal favorite, Wormux (Ok, so I loved the Worms series of games, sue me). I'm a bit surprised Vega Strike isn't on the list, but there are more games out there than what this list shows.



And it is still for the most part a terminal emulator, while all the surrounding OS versions used by the masses are highly graphical. I'd like to see a truly graphically controlled distro that doesn't require command line input every time you actually want to DO something with it.



My thoughts exactly. The last time I tried Linux (Ubuntu a couple of years ago) I found it still completely unusable. I couldn't access alot of files because I didn't have permissions and couldn't use psudo because I didn't know the admin creds. I got really tired of digging through forums trying to figure that crap out. Then I decided to try installing a video driver and ran into another nightmare scenario. This whole thing ended up with me going back to windows where things actually work.



Microsoft Windows XP-7 also requires Adminastrative mode to have full access to certain files. Occasionally you have to change the owner or hack the registry. You were unexperienced with how the graphical interface completely worked. The terminal is not required. In Unbuntu Linux almost everything updates automatically. Obtaining firmware is pretty straight forward both for Nvidia and AMD. Macintosh is also quite different as well and requires you to relearn some things too. A Windows system can be running fine one day then go haywire the next. Download it onto a virtual machine to gradually learn a distro through before jumping in head first.



I've been using Linux for over six years, and I almost never go to the command line. I actually use the DOS prompt on Windows (at work) a lot more than I use the command line on Linux (I haven't found a graphical tool in Windows that gives the information provided from the DOS command "ipconfig /all", which is really handy for figuring out network issues).

I installed Linux (specificially, Ubuntu 11.04) on my new laptop a few weeks ago and I don't remember touching the command line at all yet. Everything I've needed or wanted to do is available graphically.

I will say that there are some Linux users that prefer the command line. I've spent enough time with it myself to understand the attraction, I just don't share it. But just because they prefer the command line, that doesn't mean it has to be used. Some people prefer manual transmission cars, but just because someone drives a Ford car with manual transmission, that doesn't mean that Ford only makes manual transmission cars.


Brad Nimbus

Imagine how efficient that would be? I've been asking for that for years.

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