Well, time has passed and so have many, many, many linux distributions. Especially since i found Lili ive been installing, confifuring and testing distros on my laptop like fashion models chance their outfits. From gentoo to ubuntu and from Slackware to Fedora with everything in between. If its installable from USB ive tried it and ive tried lots that didnt install from usb. General conclusion remains, to me at least in my humble opinion, that Linux is not yet in the same league as Windows as far as 90% of the users and uses on the desktop is concerned.
I see the post ive done here a while back has inspired some... eeerm... "discussion" on several levels and topics and most ill safely refrain from commenting on but my point was eloquently made by IOStorm:
As for Windows games running better under Windows than on Linux... what would you expect? Running them under Linux is an emulation. You'd get the same performance hit if you ran Linux programs under Windows.
If Linux was better, wouldnt games and software be origionally created on and for Linux and then emulated on Windows?
Problems ive found with Linux, and basically they all suffer from the same problems, are spawned from the very simple fact that Linux is open source. No one has the authority to say what can and cannot be done to linux. As long as you include the source code in the files you distribute you can do anything you want to it, create your own "Distro" and introduce more splintering into the ever more fragmented linux civilization.
Windows is very simpel. If Microsoft doesnt want it, it isnt happening. There are only 5 or so versions of any Windows version and every peace of software that works on say Ultimate works as well on Home or Media center. Compare that to the hundreds of different distros there are of linux where one has synaptec, another has zypper and yet another has no package manager and requires the user to compile everything manually....
* So the capabilities Linux offers for quality for software programmers are insufficient, otherwise theyd develop their games on Linux and not Windows.
* The community is fragmented and at odds with each other (i need only to point to the debian squeeze discussion in this very thread...) to make unified software development possible. This leads to the next point
* Software for windows 7 will work on windows 7. Software for Linux Ubuntu will not work on Gentoo (unless you get the source code and compile the lot, or download the right package from the right repository.
* I wont even start about the grief the repository nightmare has caused me, let alone "normal" users.
On my laptop i now have a Opensuse/Backtrack/Win7 trioboot installed which allows me to do what i need but frankly... If i need anything done quickly and easily its Windows i boot. Only when i have special needs ill boot up in one of the two Linuxes. Things like tinkering with android roms, needing a wpa passphrase, controlling tcars in a wharehouse... thats when id like linux but for gaming, officework, mediastuff, anything not custom.... Windows is still kicking the crap out of any linux out there.