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I use ubuntu at work, so I'm on it consistently (I'm a former SuSE user that moved to ubuntu several years ago). Other than adobe flash failing terribly on linux, in general, I'm curious as to what your beef is (for most, it is poor configuration).
My main beef is flash, and just general instability lately, I stopped using it a month ago (I dual-boot windows for games and some peripheral gadget syncing) and I'm going to give it another go at the end of the month with 12.04.
I still am not sure if I am going to stick with linux, because I just can't get away from a few programs, and wine doesnt cut it, I need usb support. Also I've had a ton of probles with wine, and I hate the ad-hoc way it looks and works.
Wine isn't worth it, and I have an xbox for games. Flash isn't something I care about having. With those in mind, I have 0 instability. My uptime is 144 days, but that was because the building lost power.
@Fort -- as a PC gamer for years, I finally broke down and bought a XBOX 360 for Christmas...*love it*. Best purchase I have made in ages (along with the huge flat panel, of course, to go with it...hee hee...)
I'm not trying to start a debate here. But, fellow linux user here. (Fedora)
I feel your pain. I've tried Ubuntu a few times, and particularly some of the new builds, because of some larger changes have been increasingly unstable. (Mind you something I'm used to, I mean I do use Fedora after all), something which I was expecting to see less of in Ubuntu. Particularly since my testing it out had to do with seeing if I wanted something which is often considered to be more stable then Fedora. But due to some features I'm less fond of, and no more stability then Fedora its been tossed back out into the linux timeout bin.
I should probably mention that I'm still on Karmic. No interest in using evolution.
@Krellin: My ex (who was my wife at the time) convinced me to go from PC gamer (looooong PC Gamer... like kings quest and the original duke-nukem sidescroller old) to the xbox. Took me a couple months, but it was totally worth it. Prevented constant update of my box, and less crashes and patches needed for the games. Miss the mods, sometimes, but it was still a great decision.
I have a 360, and its great for FPS, and I've been buying games like mass effect and skyrim for them, but it recently came to my attention that you can get full functionality on a PC with a 360 controller so I might switch to PC for those games. Currently though games like the total war series and the paradox games I really do need to stay on PC to keep playing
I hate that a game like Skyrim was developed for the console and then ported to the pc. I think it hurts the pc gaming expierence...
Morrowind was excellent, very different feel i think. I don't think dumbing down is right i think it is a simplification necessary for the controller. Imagine a flight sim where on the pc almost every key was mapped to something and had a very steep learning cuvre...
if you really want to go the win route, instead of wine, try virtual box (straight from the source, not the cheapo available in the ubuntu distro). You'll need the boot disk (though I believe you can use your dual booted partition in the vbox). It won't be as crisp, but it should work.
Oh, I definitely prefer open source, use it as much as possible. I don;t think computer gaming is in decline, and even if it is, it isn't going to die. It was never a huge market, we just are comparing it to the monster that is console gaming.
To most people the "national debt" is unfathomable. They need to be educated. The debt is actually millions of individual pieces of paper of various denominations called Treasury Bonds. Who buys and sells Treasury Bonds (the national debt) is quite revealing.
Just a idea i thought of while on my xbox. Anyone else think it is a good idea? If it had 7 player matches and functionality like this website (with 1 day or more turn systems + plus live games) I think I would pay at least 10 bucks to purchase it as long as it was simple but still got the diplomacy feel.
Inspired by Sarg's comments in this thread: http://webdiplomacy.net/forum.php?viewthread=851524 I wrote this song for Ava! I used my friend's twelve string for instrumentation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGkA1eJ2llk