Meg Mitchell wrote:If you told a serious gamer that they should switch to Linux for their gaming machine, they would look at you like you'd grown a third head.
Having played in online gaming leagues myself, I can personally say that this is not the case. In fact, I was first introduced to Linux through gaming. One of my best friends in high school, who was the one in our circle who knew the most about computers at the time (and likely knew more than anyone in the whole school in fact as he was already operating a successful tech support company by his junior year in high school), instructed us that when choosing a gaming server to connect to, give preference to Linux servers as they tend to be the most stable. Years later when Steam did make games available for Linux, I played several on my Linux box. Sure, many prefer Windows mostly because it is their “native tongue” as it were.
Meg Mitchell wrote:Similarly if you told a professional using Photoshop to switch to GIMP. It may do 90% of what you need as an entry level photoshop user but there are many more features than that which GIMP doesn't have. I would compare GIMP to Paint.NET, not Photoshop. Even then it would be a painful replacement for Paint.NET because the UI is atrocious.
GIMP -like many FLOSS programs
- has come a long way since the early days & today indeed is a powerful program. The user interface is very comparable
to Photoshop. Functionally, it’s nearly identical. The only difference I can see in the UI is the default color scheme. [See attached image below].
Meg Mitchell wrote:WRT the animation industry, most people are beholden to use whatever is the industry/company standard and Blender especially, unless it's changed significantly in the last 10 years, is different enough that switching to it represents a significant amount of relearning.
It’s telling that free open source projects like Blender
are adopted by major organizations for important projects
, projects that can even have multi-million dollar budgets, despite the fact that there are very well-paid people employed by well-heeled proprietary projects that get sizable salaries to promote proprietary software in addition to anti-competitive practices
Meg Mitchell wrote:You can if you're really determined to, and you're willing to do a lot of work to get your Windows-only programs to run on Linux or if you're willing to use tools that aren't quite as nice.
Nowadays, since there is an abundance of free open source programs that can do pretty much everything that most people
do most of the time
on Windows machines, it’s no longer necessary to use programs like Wine
try to get Windows programs running on Linux, though that is an option for the minority who need it. The majority of people only need an Office Suite (such as open source LibreOffice
), a web browser (like open source Firefox
), and an email client (such as open source Thunderbird
) in order to complete their computing tasks.
Are there highly specific programs
that require propriety operating systems? Of course, but I would argue that the amount of those programs without free open source alternatives, and the amount of computer users needing them are an extreme minority
. This may have been a barrier to entry of Linux before the Ubuntu Linux
and Linux Mint
communities contributed to making Linux and many open source programs significantly more user friendly and powerful in the mid-2000s, but it is certainly not even close to being a barrier to entry for the majority of e-device users today.
Meg Mitchell wrote:Most people aren't that gung ho on using Linux specifically though, so as long as their workflow is easier, more pleasant and more powerful on Win than Linux they will continue to use Win and it's hard to blame them.
I don’t blame anyone for using Windows - nor has anyone in this thread
. Whenever I see friends and family using it, I don’t say anything it. But when I see them struggling with instability, viruses, glitches in software, etc. then I do introduce them to FLOSS projects. And if they seem willing, I help them to transition by installing Linux on their computers. I’ve transitioned dozens of people over the past decades and they have all thanked me.
If anyone needs specific help transitioning to FLOSS software or operating systems, please PM me. I'd be glad to help in any way I can.