It's kind of awesome that we're at a place where releasing a Ubuntu desktop is a matter of "why not?" Rather than "why?"
We have any actual data or even reasonable estimates about just what proportion they drove away?
I can't really think of a solid reason for buying this, Steam on Linux is great and all but when your marketing is saying "With over 25 gaming titles available"..
This is gen.1 for Linux gaming, and I think consumers have the right to be apprehensive about the future growth of the platform. Catch 22 I guess.
Another thing is that Linux is a significant contender in the developer workstation market. I'm typing this right now on a Linux machine that I use for just about everything, including as a development server and a television. The only reason I haven't played any games from Steam on it is they haven't released Portal yet.
Linux has far, far, far more developers than it has "game development studios", currently writing software for it. The Independent Gaming scene is ripe with great stuff that will run on Linux from day one - and it doesn't just need 'mainstream studios' to get the industry kicked off.
This is a ripe as any other boom market.
As an Open Pandora user, I'm amused at this whole fuss about whether "its acceptable" for mainstream companies to produce stuff for the Linux market. Of course its wonderful, there is no downside whatsoever to the rising star of Linux gaming, whether it comes from Steam or somewhere else (http://repo.openpandora.org/).
The only possible downside is that an expanding and flourishing Linux gaming market will reveal the fragility of Microsoft in this scene. You don't need Windows technology to game awesome; you only need Windows technology because you've been told you need it by higher powers. Technologically: no.
So why the apprehension, really? Is it really something you've got concern about, or is this some sort of groupthink/kneejerk thing going on?
There are only 141 applications in Wine's 'platinum' list, and a heap of those are multiple entries for variants or DLC of the one game. Things not on the 'platinum' list require further configuration.
I've been running games in WINE for years and years, and I can now say that as of today, with my WINE setup being maintained entirely by my distribution (Ubuntu), I don't even think about WINE when I use it. So I don't really think its as difficult as you infer; this is a huge generality, like saying "MS Word requires knowledge of what you're doing and a fair amount of fiddling for most things". Its true, but fascetious, because obviously, in spite of the massive investment required, users are able to produce documents ..
>There are only 141 applications in Wine's 'platinum' list, and a heap of those are multiple entries for variants or DLC of the one game. Things not on the 'platinum' list require further configuration.
This only means that the list is incomplete. It doesn't mean there are 'only 141 applications'. Those are just the ones that have made it to the list so far .. but it doesn't, in any way, reflect the current state of the art. Lists get stale.
Not really something you can sell as an easy games experience.
In fact, it runs better than it does under Windows 7, probably because Lubuntu uses 2GB less RAM and considerably less CPU than Windows 7.
Do most of the recent games (Need for Speed, Counter Strike : Source, Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed 3) run well, or is it mostly older games?
Not sure about NFS, guess it depends which one.
CS:S on Linux is definitely awesome news, and makes me more confident of Linux gaming becoming viable in the near-term. I think the Steambox/Steam Linux, Ouya and other such systems are definitely helping improve adoption.
To be honest, I wouldn't spend much time trying to get something running under Wine unless it had a very high probability of success, and a moderate number of (easy) steps. After all, I already have the game running under Windows, and gaming's meant to be a casual activity I undertake after work :)
It's awesome that the option is available for Linux enthusiasts, however!
Edit: Ah, damn it, I meant CS:GO, not CS:S! I see that it's running fine under Wine, however!
1) Better video drivers.
2) An option to Dual-boot with another OS.
3) To remove the painful Unity interface.
4) More titles to play.
And then I would buy this without a second thought.
With just Ubuntu, with very little games with mediocre Graphic card drivers and a painful interface like unity (try hiding/unhiding/switching between hidden windows for example) it's hard to convince myself to buy this..
What else would you install by default?
Gnome2/MATE/Xfce are showing their age. Gnome3 is even stranger. The only other plausible choice would be KDE.
Unity is actually pretty good as an entertainment oriented interface. The ability to search games, apps, music and movies all from the main menu is very nice.
It all comes down to the fact that the Unity launcher is forcibly placed on the right hand side and I always accidentally click on it when trying to click somewhere in the region. No other OS I use forces such a thing, which is why I will never get used to it.
I tried changing my mouse sensitivity to compensate for the bar, but it makes everything else harder. There used to be a hack that would let you move the bar to the bottom of the screen, but it has not worked in the 12.x versions.
I use KDE these days. The worse thing they force their users to look at is the Cashew, which can be made transparent by installing a third party widget.
Just hide the thing and press the Windows key and type? I used dwm/dmenu for a year or so and never missed having a panel at all!
I simply hand my thinkpad to students in class and get them to start a Web browser and log into the Moodle instance.
KDE mostly ok, Unity getting into browser easy, but most try to close the window by clicking on the System Settings icon on the right top ('cog wheel'). They also find the global menu strange at the start.
It only takes two minutes to explain how Unity works though...
I don't think it would leave a great first impression on your average ADHD alienware target customer.
Not the only one. There is also Cinnamon. And hopefully, Enlightenment will soon be stable enough, and even included in a popular distro.
2. What would stop you from installing your own OS pair? I'd think you could do it at the very least through a network boot, and probably USB.
3. As with 3, what would stop you? Even if you're stuck with Ubuntu, changing Xsessions shouldn't be a problem. The only way this should happen to be a problem is if there is no access to a shell with root privileges. And if it that's the case, almost no serious Linux user would consider buying such an un-free system.
4. With Steam an Humble now supporting Linux, there are quite a few more choices than there were just a couple of years ago, and I'm sure we'll see more in the years to come.
I find it quite pleasant. What is it that bothers you about Unity?
dwm/dmenu or similar, or xmonad for the adventurous. Sysadmin people might prefer icewm as it is tiny and can tile 12 terminal windows easily!
Ubuntu with default Unity is aiming at a wide market here. Having i7 small form factor PCs available with hardware chosen to run a GNU/Linux is good!
As for 'very little games', I have to say this: LOL! Linux has thousands and thousands of games, and this continues to grow day by day. Steam may not have everything (yet), but its only a matter of time before the floodgates open: on the other side of that "new thing called Steam on Liux" lays a massive horizon of gaming on Linux that is unrecognized, unseen, but will soon be utilized once the pipe is in place.
Linux has thousands of great games ready for the consumers; the veil of the 'mainstream groupthink' is just preventing a lot of smart people from seeing this fact, but I would wager that Steam and Alienware are indicators that in fact, some very smart people are entirely aware of the potential of whats to come once these lines of communication are open.
So this is nothing but positive. Even if you don't want to be an early-adopter for this line of communication, its the line of communication which has been deficient; not the lack of content. The content (Games for Linux) is well and truly out there, it is ripe for harvesting, and this is the beginning of that effort ..
25 titles arent many but then again my Xbox360 had like 5 games available when it was released.
On another note, anyone else get that floating ad? Horribly placed and very annoying.
I think Canonical has a point there.
Overall, it's slightly overpriced. In addition, OEM hardware is invariably uncustomizable (no extra PCI-E slots, lowest end power supply possible). If you wanted to do scientific computing then there would be much more efficient options. This is no better an option (and probably worse) than other run of the mill OEM hardware. I especially like how your comment began with "I don't know anything about <related topic>. But...".
Maybe Dell's just trying to get the jump on Valve's own Steambox?
Actually I think, Dell has a real chance to get better margins with Ubuntu. They can position themself as the computer company for open-source users and maybe even as an Apple alternative is the mass market - impossible with Windows.
"The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software"
The $300 Windows RT 32GB tab offer cracks me up, though.
> Equipped with the new NVIDIA® GTX 645 graphics card
Don't bother. They want you to use proprietary driver
blobs without any source code for them.
At present, nouveau is only working in a handful of linux
distributions (with or without experimental hardware accelerated
3D support). All of the other UNIX-like systems are presently
unable to run nouveau (e.g. all of the BSD's)
The most important issue is actually the wasted developer time.
Countless hours of developer time have been wasted in the attempt
to reverse engineer the proprietary binary nVidia drivers for the
sake of recreating their functionality in the open source nouveau
driver. If nVidia wants the business and support of open source
developers and users, then they should provide all of the required
specs and documentation for their hardware needed to write open
If you're under no requirement restrictions, then calling the insistence
on open source code an ideology or preference is entirely fair.
If your only goal is to just play as many different games as possible,
then using linux is a bad choice from the start, and you're obviously
intending on running closed source code, so requirements and preferences
make no difference to you.
If you hope to run as much open source as possible, then buying hardware
from friendly vendors is your best bet. Your choices for both modern and
supported graphics hardware with open source support are pretty much
limited to Intel and AMD/ATI.
However, to put it gently, the performance is not close to on-par with current generation Nvidia and AMD offerings.