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Linuxhelp _ Polls _ The Dark Side Of The Moon

Posted by: Hemant Oct 18 2005, 01:33 PM

Yeah, guys lets see, what sucks in Linux?

Posted by: DS2K3 Oct 18 2005, 02:43 PM

Definitely gaming support. Cedega is a bit of a help though, and happypenguin.org makes it easier to find games that will work. I myself spend many an hour playing on "Eternal Lands" a free MMORPG which runs on both Linux and Windows.

Monkey island 1 & 2 also work (using SCUMM), although I am not 100% convinced it will convince everyone of the gaming capabilites of Linux...

There are some good game engines under development, it's jsut a shame that nobody has actually got around to writing the actul games for them... I daresay they will come in time... If not, then I guess we're stuck with Tux Racer and Frozen Bubble (I can think of worse games to be stuck with... :-)

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Posted by: Robert83 Oct 19 2005, 03:32 AM

Complexity, but I clicked on Games, why ?

Because when I want to relax I like the click here next-next-finish style smile.gif and lot's of beer.

As for the other stuff, I don't know, CentOS 3.0 - 4.0 worked for me on all hardware detected
everything, it works fast on any machine (any machine means = a machine that has a specific role in my network, not meaning that one of my p2 300mhz can run doom3).

So it is 100% gaming problem, and that it is offten quiet complex to set up a box for running games at a good speed, with nice sound effects, make that joystick or wheel of yours work, etc...etc...

rob

Posted by: michaelk Oct 19 2005, 06:31 AM

Complexity in trying to configure hardware. Like trying to get one of my SCSI controllers working with a 2.6 kernel.

Posted by: Jim Oct 27 2005, 01:59 AM

I have run into issues with hardware support. Some of it has to do with not being able to include propriatry drivers, others are just lack of support.

Over all though, I think the thing that I miss the most is the user interface. I have my KDE tweaked pretty close to the way I like it, but there could be some better features.

I don't game so I can't say I care at all about that. Honestly, if you game a lot, either dual boot are have a gaming box, or just get a console.

In general I consider myself a grounded linux fan. I don't see linux being a main stream desk top ever, I don't like "friendly" distros like Ubuntu because they defeate the purpose of linux in general. I am all for a solid distro that has good hardware detection, and even GUI config, but I don't like a linux distro that shields you from the back-side of the system.

There are about a thousand and one odd things that hold linux back from main-stream, and there is no way all of them are going to be fixed with out a huge chunk of change backing it, and I don't want to see that happen either. Linux shouldn't be main stream, or at least I hope that there are always distros that aren't striving to be main-stream. I don't care if Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva, Linspire and all those crappy distros go in that direction. As long as I have my enterprise systems and my debian/gentoo systems I will be happy.

Posted by: Corey Nov 3 2005, 07:03 PM

Gaming support could definitly be greatly improved, but that's something that i think is out of the hands of linux developers. If you look at Linux's performance in gaming, they are way better then in Windows. Need an example? Compare Quake3 in Windows with that in Linux.... the performance is wayyy better.

But, i understand what you mean, there needs to be more games. Cedega is a start, hopefully when Cedega 5 gets released within the next few days, we'll see how far we can actually go. I for one can't wait to try out how well HL2 will perform under it. Still no info on what it will support, but rumors suggest it will have better dx9 support as well as 2.6 scheduling support which will hopefully improve speed and reliability.

I selected "Hardware support", which is something I wouldn't have selected 2 months ago. But, since receiving my new laptop, I have really began to notice the headache when it comes to Laptops. Almost every distribution craps out on my laptop, weather ACPI breaks, display doesn't work, or the wifi doesn't work. However, under Ubuntu it worked, for some reason they're different.

Posted by: as2100 Nov 3 2005, 09:47 PM

Definitely hardware support. Originally I was frustrated with the "complexity" of it. I determined this based on:
1.) The filesystem hierarchy that is so incredibly diverse per distribution.
2.) The annoying task of maintaining software.
You could probably relate these problems to a general lack of Linux standards, and as contradictory as it sounds: I'm a big fan of distro-specific standards. I hope Linux doesn't ever adobt global standards.

However, even with these problems, Termina pointed out to me how pathetic the hardware support really was.
: Wireless drivers just NOW become native? Well christ, about time.
: Multimedia devices? My god. If I had to point out one plaguing issue on most Linux support forums... And my video card still has yet to receive any video acceleration.
: SCSI devices? hah!

But, I'm with Corey. Using Linux on a laptop is a sincere replacement for Hell. These hardware issues seem to be extremely important, in my opinion. Games, usablity, etc. are all things that can wait until the necessities of working hardware can be addressed. I think the computer should work before a true attempt at usability can be attempted.

Posted by: louisgag Dec 15 2005, 02:28 PM

Hardware support for sure!

- Had to change a printer due to this (HP)
- Always complicated to get 3d accel with Nvidia

Posted by: DS2K3 Dec 16 2005, 11:17 AM

Nvidia drivers have the nicest installler I have come across for anything! The documentation which comes with it is also pretty extensive. TwinView is a right pain though...

Posted by: Jim Dec 17 2005, 02:24 PM

I will second that.

Posted by: DarkLove Dec 21 2005, 11:59 AM

Hardware support, definatly. My soundcard doesnt work. I guess its cause the Distro I run doesnt have the drivers for it.. but even when I install the drivers and try to make things work.. it doesnt *sobs* Im such an ubern00b ohmy.gif

Posted by: BridgitJohnson Apr 15 2017, 06:54 AM

I think Linux is really superior when it comes to functionality and simplicity, but I think it would be nice if Linux starts doing some improvements over graphical User Interface.

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