Over the years i have installed , tested and tried lots of Linux distro's. I've tried Mandrake , Red Hat , Fedora , SuSe , Evil Entity , Gentoo and some others.
NONE of them have 3d accellerated drivers installed from the start. Yes , i mean NONE of them. Not even Evil Entity.
Sure.. nVidia supports Linux by adding some weird binary driver , but after that I still have to edit X.
Just a little editing !
Now , i'm not a total Linux n00b , but i have had my share of editing config files when i had MS-Dos on my machine ten years ago. I don't have the interest, time and effort to edit core system files anymore. I don't want to do it. Someone write me a automated system.
Give me an ISO , I'll write it to a cd/dvd and i want to install the Operating System. Just like Microsoft operating systems. The OS detects my hardware and either asks for drivers or installs native drivers. If Microsoft can do it , why can't the Open Source people ? What's the big deal here ? Why can't nVidia ?
If i install Linux , my videocard gets detected and they install a moronic non-3d native driver. WTF ? I have this videocard capable of doing 100 frames per second , but when i start Tux Racer , i get one frame per second. What's the deal here ?
If i pop in a game in my xbox or pc , i want to play the game ! I don't want to edit some config file , download some binary file , compile a kernel or hack my way through executables that aren't even executable from the start.
Linux is more than just 3d stuff and games
Sure , linux can do a lot more than just 3d stuff and games. So can my Windows 98 machine. I use a freeware 187 kb webserver program on Win98. No fancy config files , no weird setup , just click and install. Who needs Apache ? Not me.
Open Office ? I can do that on my Windows 98 machine as well.
Writing dvd's and cd's ? Writing dvds in linux ? Have you seen CloneCd for linux yet ? Go away. All i need is Windows 98 , Nero and CloneCD.
But it's free !
Uhuh.. and what about that time and effort you have to put in before you get your system just the way you want it ? That's free too ? Unfortunately i don't have much time. If i can use an OS that costs $100 and needs 16 hours of config work , i sure will not use a OS that costs $0 , but needs several weeks to get it running.
Till then , Linux is not welcome anymore on any of my desktop computers. I'll only use it for servers and firewalls.