Why Choose Linux For Gaming?

There are videos and articles all over the net trying to persuade people to switch to Linux, I’m not going to do that. Moving to Linux isn’t a simple decision, it’s not as simple as installing Linux and playing games on that instead of Windows. It’s true that many more games support Linux now than two or three years ago. But some of these games require a work around or fiddling to get running right if at all. Also in many cases these issues wont be fixed as Linux isn’t a priority for many developers, if you look what Garry Newman had to say on twitter about Rust on Linux. . .

 

Linux is a second class citizen, we don’t run it internally because only 17 people use it

Twitter. (2017). Garry Newman on Twitter. [online] Available at: https://twitter.com/garrynewman/status/615071229947564032 [Accessed 29 Jun. 2017].

 

Not a glowing recommendation is it and he’s not alone on this. There are many developers that feel this way, so why do I feel Linux is the future? The simple answer is windows 10,
Windows 10 is for me has hit a point where I don’t feel I can trust it any more. Not only is it spying on pretty much everything you do, but Microsoft is starting to close down the platform making programs like Steam and Origin impossible to run on it. You might think this will never happen and that people wouldn’t allow it, but how many of these “people” who wouldn’t allow it use iPhones? Apple has already succeeded with this and is slowly moving there mobile platform over to there desktop. But don’t take my word for it, here’s what Epic Games co-founder Tim Sweeney had to say. . .

 

With its new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative, Microsoft has built a closed platform-within-a-platform into Windows 10, as the first apparent step towards locking down the consumer PC ecosystem and monopolising app distribution and commerce.

In my view, this is the most aggressive move Microsoft has ever made. While the company has been convicted of violating antitrust law in the past, its wrongful actions were limited to fights with specific competitors and contracts with certain PC manufacturers.
This isn’t like that. Here, Microsoft is moving against the entire PC industry – including consumers (and gamers in particular), software developers such as Epic Games, publishers like EA and Activision, and distributors like Valve and Good Old Games.
Microsoft has launched new PC Windows features exclusively in UWP, and is effectively telling developers you can use these Windows features only if you submit to the control of our locked-down UWP ecosystem.

They’re curtailing users’ freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers.

the Guardian. (2017). Microsoft wants to monopolise games development on PC. We must fight it. [online] Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/04/microsoft-monopolise-pc-games-development-epic-games-gears-of-war [Accessed 29 Jun. 2017].

 

Bear in mind this guy developed Gears Of War a Microsoft exclusive, I find this concerning and while Tim’s view may have changed since writing this mine has not. I believe that for gaming Linux might become the only option in the coming years, unless you don’t mind using the Windows store and being locked into the Windows environment. I do and this for me is a big reason.

 

OS Market Share May 2017

OS Market Share Linux

 

Moving to Linux is a big decision, it cut my steam library by 60% doing so. I lost the ability to play some top titles like Skyrim, Fallout 4 and GTA V, I did this because I believe Linux is the future and not just for gaming but for desktop computing in general.

Linux as of May has a 1.93% share of the desktop OS market share, not a lot you might think. But if we look at Windows near 90% share a little closer things aren’t so good for Microsoft. Windows 10 has only 17.55% of that with Windows 7 having the largest user base at 48.84%. Windows 7 isn’t even currently supported by Microsoft and they will be dropping support for 8/8.1 next January. Of currently supported OS’s it might be a shock to know Mac OS 10.11 only has a 4.47% market share. It’s not quiet so bleak when we look a little closer, is it? While it’s not perfect yet I want to be part of it as I believe the change will start to happen.