Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 18th Sep 2002 02:30 UTC
Oracle and SUN These days, the big players in the Linux "purely-desktop market" are Lycoris, Lindows, ELX and the much awaited Xandros Desktop 1.0. OSNews got their hands to the latest version of Xandros (beta3b) and we are giving it a whirl. Read more for information and screenshots.
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Games..... um.... yeah. Where?
by Samson on Wed 18th Sep 2002 11:00 UTC

Right. Always amuses me to no end to see people go on and on about how Linux does this, Linux does that. The one thing Linux DOESN'T seem to do is games. Oh sure, they have plenty of nice little stupid things like Breakout and Pac-Man clones. But if I wanted those I'd go dig my Atari 2600 out of the storage room. Then you have the Quake stuff. Weee. 95% of the gamers I know and talk to on a regular basis would rather be playing Morrowind or Neverwinter Nights, Warcraft, etc. WineX you say? Hahaha. No thanks. Does the term "subscription based gaming" mean anything? I thought so. So here we all sit, cursing Microsoft's very existence. Yet it's become quite clear to me and my gaming buddies that Linux will never take off until they can capture a large enough slice of the gaming market. Celebrating your precious Open Office stuff will only get you so far. It's not the corporate types that keep Windows around. They're just along for the ride and M$ knows it.

There's another reason Linux won't get far enough to matter, at least at this point in time. Utter lack of hardware support for anything newer than 2 years. There's only one distro that's ever been able to recognize everything in my system without needing to download and compile drivers to make it work - Redhat. I've tried Mandrake, Lycoris, Debian, Slackware, Icepack, Libranet, and a whole slew of others in recent months. Of those, Mandrake got the farthest. I made it to the partitioning screens. Wasn't able to write the new data though. Redhat 7.0 works on my system, and it's considered old at this point. Been messing with Null, and it just looks damn sharp and had zero trouble with my system. I eagerly await the finalization of Redhat 8, even though it won't play games for squat.

I've also been keeping an eye on Xandros. I could honestly care less if it looks like a 98 clone or not. If it works, it works. I'll be more concerned about how it handles my hardware than what the UI looks like. Although.... Gnome 2.0 under Null makes the Xandros KDE look pathetic. ;)