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[–] aileron_ron 0 points 71 points (+71|-0) ago 

Linux all the way.

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[–] Vloorshad 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I only hope that if/when M$ fully screws the pooch with 10 that SteamOS (or some other Linux distro) is a viable option.

And by viable I mean I turn my computer on and start playing what I want to play with no mysterious crashes or bugs cropping up that I have to search for the solution to. That, and that there are good drivers for graphics cards. I'm looking at XCOM 2's site on Steam and I see a nice little blurb about AMD and Intel GPUs not being supported.

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[–] ShinyVoater 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I see a nice little blurb about AMD and Intel GPUs not being supported.

There's exactly no legitimate reason for this. A note that AMD GPUs will require the proprietary drivers is warranted, but that claim there reeks of nVidia payoff.

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[–] Seius 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

The thing i can't comprehend about linux, is why can't they write code that makes steam and windows games function on linux? Can't they just add the parts of windows OS that make it work to Linux?? That's the only thing that is stopping me from switching to linux, i got a windows 10 desktop and laptop for gaming, for web browsing and text edit, i can use any OS from the 90's and it would function better than todays spyware bloated garbage.

On a conspiratorial note, OSX ... Microsoft X ... end of liberty in the digital age. Their whole framework is forced upgrades and mass surveillance, fully integrated "lifestyle" devices. I dont know how we got so stupid to let this happen.

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[–] justgenerally 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Steam is supported and does work on Linux, not every game is compatible but many are.

It boils down like a console, each console has games that only work on that, but you can't invest in each proprietary console platform to play them. At some point you have to accept that the game being on a proprietary platform means you're not going to use / buy / play it. Windows is just another proprietary platform.

It's a matter of how far you are going to let the windows 10 cactus up your ass before trying to pull it out.

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[–] SpaceLizard 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

The problem is that those parts of windows are closed source and protected by copyright so it's not as simple as just adding them to Linux. Because of that we need to use a translation layer like Wine. For the most part Wine works very well for older games, and most applications. It doesn't have DX11 support yet, but that is currently being worked on, and from what I understand is partially finished.

For more info on Wine check out WineHQ(https://www.winehq.org/)). They even have a database of working software.

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[–] k_digi 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

ReactOS is going to fly past both in this respect - and it's getting a lot of work lately (still in Alhpa though)

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[–] redditor1255 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Modern games are built on proprietary code that is only compatible with Windows.

They have to strip out that code and replace it, which takes time and costs money.

If they had used an open source code foundation, only one person would have to port the foundation code to Linux and every game would magically start working. Mostly. There are always tweaks that need to be made.

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[–] HeartAttack99 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

As a gamer, the only reason I stick with the windows OS is the the majority of A-list games have no support for Linux. I stick with Windows 7 at this point.

All my other system (including my surface) run Linux or OSX.

This is the perfect opportunity for the big Linux players (RH, Ubuntu, etc.) to really rally and get more publishers on-board to support the OS. With the Direct X thing being addressed, the only reasons publishers do not do so is the perception that there is no market here.

They need to be like other tech trailblazers, if there is no market, make one.