Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Nov 2013 18:41 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
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The big story in The New York Times on November 20, 1985, concerned Hurricane Kate's advance as it smashed into northern Cuba and the Florida Keys before barreling north to threaten the Gulf Coast. But another big story -- for the technology world -- was about to unfold thousands of miles away in Las Vegas, where the Comdex trade show was getting under way.

Apple had grabbed headlines a year earlier with the introduction of its graphical Macintosh. Now, after two years of delays, Microsoft was finally ready to debut the much-promised Microsoft Windows.

It became the blueprint for many of Microsoft's new product launches. Early versions suck, but get progressively better over the years.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by tylerdurden on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 17:58 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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Like 3D programming using OpenGL 3.x and 4.x/OpenCL/Cuda with proper drivers.


Technically OpenCL/CUDA isn't 3D Programming (whatever that means), but at least from NVIDIA's perspective their drivers for GPU compute support for linux are pretty much on par with their windows counterparts. In fact, you'd be surprised if you were to find out what OS most of the CUDA dev team machines runs ;-). The larger scale deployments of CUDA tend to be on linux clusters interestingly enough.

Windows does have DirectX, which depending on one's perspective may be a value added that Linux lacks. As far as OpenGL, again speaking from NVIDIA's perspective, both Windows and Linux drivers are pretty much on par (4.4), in this regard the OS clearly lagging behind is OSX.


Using Unity.


I assume that's a specific game engine, is that correct? If there is an app your livelihood depends on, which is not available for a specific platform it makes sense to ignore that platform.

Doing video manipulation work.

That is more of an issue with the Software vendors not supporting a specific platform, not a shortcoming of the platform itself. Yeah, Avid, Smoke, Premiere, or Final Cut do not run on linux. I think Lightworks is about to be released for Linux though. There are a bunch of FOSS video editing apps, which may not be suitable for professional production work but seem to cut it alright for personal use (in my experience at least).


Having a OS that can hibernate properly and make use of the wireless card.


Again, my work laptop running linux has absolutely no issue with any of that. I have had issues where windows was unstable in some HW platforms, but I assumed a couple of personal data points were not enough to extrapolate to the entirety of the Windows ecosystem.

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by lucas_maximus on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 18:10 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2009-08-18

Again, my work laptop running linux has absolutely no issue with any of that. I have had issues where windows was unstable in some HW platforms, but I assumed a couple of personal data points were not enough to extrapolate to the entirety of the Windows ecosystem.


I will make the bet that your work laptop is a business class laptop and has an Intel chipset, because that is the only way to guarantee that Linux will work well on a laptop.

If you don't have that ... good luck because it all off-road from there.

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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by tylerdurden on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 19:31 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2009-03-17


I will make the bet that your work laptop is a business class laptop and has an Intel chipset, because that is the only way to guarantee that Linux will work well on a laptop.


Yeah, but that's true for any system; OSes tend to run best on HW they support properly. RTFM is a wonderful thing and saves much time and effort in the tech field.

I can understand the frustration if one has some random laptop (purchased for other original purpose/intent) laying around and wants to try out Linux on a whim, only to find out the HW is not supported properly. But using that as an indictment against the entire system would be as odd as me claiming how Windows 8 still does not scale properly because I couldn't even get it to boot on my Raspberry Pi.

Edit to add: There are also flaws on any system. Linux distros will foobar things and drivers every now and then. But so does windows as well, for example we can revisit the debacle which were the graphics drivers on Vista's early days. Now, if Linux is not the right tool for someone, then they should not use it nor waste time with it.

Edited 2013-11-22 19:42 UTC

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