4 areas where LINUX still FAILS compared to other operating systems

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00:00 Intro
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01:50 Niche and Pro Applications
03:54 Gaming
05:47 Hardware availability
07:51 Presenting Choice in a Legible Manner
11:08 Final thoughts


Let's get this out of the way: WIndows and mac os have superior app support than our Linux desktops have. We do have plenty of great software, alternatives to most, if not all, the biggest proprietary utilities that people use.

Professionals that rely on these niche applications need the missing 10% of features in most cases. And even if they could do without these 10%, there's still the matter of compatibility with your existing projects, files, and the training required.

Linux still fails at that, even though we could still say that these app developers fail at bringing their apps to Linux, the fact remains: their apps aren't on Linux, and so the pros that depend on them aren't on Linux either.

Second area where Linux fails is gaming

We've come a long way. With Proton, Steamplay, Heroic Games Launcher, Lutris, and plenty of other awesome utilities, gaming on Linux is a reality. For singleplayer titles. If you love your day one multiplayer sessions from the latest AAA titles,though, Linux does NOT work well.

Anti cheat is coming, in the meantime, 50% the top 10 most played games on Steam don't run on Linux for multiplayer, or at all. And that number grows if you start looking at games that aren't on Steam.

Third area where Linux fails is hardware.

First thing is, Linux distros don't ship preinstalled on most hardware. We have tons of hardware manufacturers and resellers, and even bigger ones like Dell and Lenovo start shipping devices with Ubuntu or Fedora.

We have Tuxedo and SLimbook, Starlabs and System76, Entroware, Purism, Juno Computers, the Pine64, and probably a lot more that I'm forgetting. But none of these devices are making their way in a general, mass market, retail store.

The goal is to make sure that people SEE that these options exist. They probably won't buy them outright, but after your second computer renewal, maybe you decide to go for the one that's slightly cheaper, with that interesting looking OS.

FInal area where Linux fails is the choice.

Not because we lack choice. And, surprisingly, not because we have too much choice. Simply because we have a lot of choices, and they're super hard to present in a legible manner

Distrowatch is not a good resource for picking a distro. Its ranking system makes no sense for newcomers and the website looks straight out of the 90s. No way anyone wants to browse that to find which distro they should use.

Distro Chooser is way more user friendly, but after you completed the questionaire, you're presented with something like 40 options, which doesn't narrow it down at all.

Almost all the answers are valid. It all depends on what the user wants, likes, is used to, is looking for, their hardware, their ethical preference... It's virtually impossible to answer this kind of question:

What we, as a community, need to realize, is that we should have ONE distro per desktop environment to recommend for beginners. Neon, some kind of GNOME OS, XFCE OS, MATE OS, Linux Mint, and PopOS once they have their own DE.