Anybody else here hate Windows but is an avid gamer? I would switch over to Linux in a heartbeat if I could, but games for Linux aren't nearly non existent. I think directX is ploy by MS to keep people on Windows.
I'm thinking of a way to do it but I can only think of dual booting and Wine. The problem is that I often switch back and forth between games and other programs and it takes too long to reboot. And it's been several years since I checked out Wine but it was nearly unusable. As anyone else tried it recently?
I completely agree. I'm pretty sick of Windows. While Windows 7 isn't bad, I'm pretty sick of some of its bullshit and I'm liking my Arch Linux install more and more, but I'm stuck in the same situation. First, Firefox's Linux build sucks ass (really I'm starting to hate firefox in general more and more). It's buggy, doesn't have any native themes, and is even slower than the Windows build. Second, no games/photoshop on Linux, and while Photoshop and many games run fine in WINE (WINE still sucks right now too. So many things just don't work at all no matter what you do), my dual 4870s can't handle the acceleration tasks, because Linux Catalyst drivers suck horrendously. First, if I try to use Xinerama to use both my monitors, it disables 2D acceleration. I can live with that if I just disable some of the fancier desktop effects. That means Photoshop would lose the 3D acceleration benefits, keeping me on Windows.
And even then, general 3D performance is awful. First, configuring Catalyst for CrossFire was a pain, and when I finished, I ran some OpenGL benches against a friend's rig running Arch Linux on a single GT 240, and his rig crushed mine! WTF? Damn proprietary drivers, that's what I hate about them. With open specs, if the manufacturer can't get their ass in gear, some Linux hacker will put together a good driver. But with a proprietary design, that can't happen.