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[–] Sosacms 2 points 35 points (+37|-2) ago 

The flood to Linux can't be stopped either. For anyone on the fence, I've been on windows my whole life and holy shit has Linux changed over the years.

The interface is more user friendly than windows, depending on the version/style, and installing drivers has gone from hours of digging around to one simple go fetch what i need command. Open source FTW. I wish every aspect of society was open source. Utilize all those who simply want to make it better.

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[–] DolphinPiss 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

As a decades long dual-booter the biggest issues with linux are the lackluster video/music editing software and the lack of proper AAA gaming support. Once the MacOS emulator project is properly polished the only thing stopping linux from gaining a huge market share will be gaming. I don't think valve has the capitol to compete with Microsoft in that space but ill remain optimistic. I really fucking hate window$

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[–] Sosacms 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Ya, gaming is a big deal. Personally I'll limit my pc gaming to Steam and Linux only just to avoid windows and other gaming services. Maybe that will motivate developers to extend to Linux.

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

I think SteamOS may (key word - may) do a good bit to fix a lot on that. Especially if they do something like license CodeWeavers' software for Windows compatibility - I haven't used it in quite some time but it was pretty good code when I did, and I think they have a game-oriented special version.

That said, I think there's one other big problem that people don't address - software. A lot of the time, the software that ships with the distro is what you get. You may get things like patches for security problems, but you're not necessarily going to be getting packages with major upgrades. This may have changed over the last several years, but I've always gotten this impression and I've used Linux for years. Under these conditions, .deb and .rpm software from other sources can be somewhat iffy in terms of support, especially if they're only made for one specific distribution (e.g. a .deb for Ubuntu may have a nasty surprise for you if you try it on Debian, or on another flavor of Ubuntu, or on the wrong version of Ubuntu).

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[–] collator 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Lack of serious editing software is the only thing that's holding me back. Davinci Resolve is available on Linux but as an NLE I'm not sure it's a contender yet.

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[–] 0x4F 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Well, if you absolutely need the top-notch media editing software, you can always run it in a Windows VM. You probably could even run it in an XP one if it's just for offline stuff.

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[–] klongtoey 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

what's the ideal linux set-up for a notebook - which version of linux, and any particular pc/mac best suited for linux?

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[–] dijit 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Just grab linux mint, it's probably going to work and it's painless.

cheap notebooks use a lot of weirdly engineered drivers that the manufacturer writes drivers for on windows, but that's not true on Linux, so if it's a cheap laptop, your mileage may vary.

Mint can get you set up to dual boot windows in no time though.. if you don't want to take the total plunge.

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[–] TheTrigger 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

FWIW, I have an HP Elitebook and everything runs perfectly in Linux, right out of the box; even the touchscreen. Actually, pretty sure it uses less battery power, too.

My Dell Bluetooth mouse didn't need to be setup, either. It was, hilariously, easier to get working on Linux than windows. No fidgeting with drivers or anything.

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[–] tribblepuncher [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The ideal setup for a notebook for Linux would be to buy it from the specialty manufacturers who can guarantee everything on the system will work with Linux.

If you want something that costs less, I would suggest checking out /v/linux and asking. I'd give you advice myself, but I'm a bit behind on what particular hardware does and doesn't work. However, I would suggest Mint or Ubuntu, since they seem to be some of the better distros in terms of automatic hardware support.

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

Dell and Thinkpads have very good mileage on Linux