Verno wrote on Oct 31, 2012, 09:01: I don't think a package manager for free software is really comparable to people installing commercial software on the Windows platform. People would expect every dumb little "app" on the planet to have a Linux version. Besides, the Linux experience for your average user breaks down when they need to dig deeper than the surface. They have enough problems on Windows as it is.
I don't follow. Could you elaborate on what's not comparable? You get working software downloaded and installed on your computer.
I can't say what people expect. I can only say I've been able to find everything I want/need. Besides there's a lot more software than what's on the official repositories, for example Sourceforge. Just what's on the official has been reviewed/inspected so if you want to play it safe stick with the official.
Dig deeper? Could you be more specific? All I can say is the only issue I had was the sound system kept defaulting to HDaudio on my videocard instead of the motherboard's. I had to go into the very Windows like Control Center>Sound>Hardware and right click and disable the videocard's audio. Horrible experience:)
I'm no fan of Canonical or more specifically Shuttleworth but the nice thing about using an Ubuntu based distro is the amount of documentation. Linux with training wheels I suppose. I'm trying to learn more on my own and I'll probably switch to something not based on Ubuntu when I have a better grip on the inner workings. Not that I don't like Mint's version of Ubuntu but I just expect more stupidity from Shuttleworth. Like turning it into adware although hopefully the Amazon thing has left a bad taste in their mouth.
Don't think I'm qualified to comment on the technical side of game development.
@Smellfinger Can you not use GIMP instead of Photoshop?
@Beamer I have to wonder why Valve is doing it too. Depending on what numbers you believe Linux is only used on 1-5% of desktop computers.