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No.34356

Alright guys, I gotta brag for a moment.

So, I started Linux a while back, but had to dual boot Windows 10 for some pro audio stuff, namely Guitar Rig 5. Today, I finally got that soykaf working right!

>Linux Mint 18 XFCE

>All audio gear works
>Wine is doing great
>PCSX2 is running 100% at 60 frames per second
>Now, I am running Linux 100% as a main system.

Nothing felt better than wiping my 1TB hard drive with Windows on it and installing the distro. The ex4 filesystem seems to be faster than ntfs and XFCE seems to be lightweight enough. Needless to say, I'm a happy lainon.

  No.34358

>34356
set a password for your GRUB (read the official GNU documentation)
use your workstation using a standard user, and use root for administrative tasks

  No.34359

>>34356
Congratulations anon! I'm waiting for the day when i can go full linux too. I'm currently dual booting with Windows because i like playing new games and most of them don't run on linux (or at least not out of the box), so I'm stuck with m$ soykaf for a while.

Anyway, godspeed, anon

  No.34360

>>34359
I am currently looking into installing Skyrim with PlayOnLinux. Most of my gaming comes from the playstation 2 emulator though, and I have it running full speed.

It is kind of a bummer that game studios don't focus enough on Linux, and how Nvidia and AMD focus more on Windows when they develop their drivers.

  No.34361

>>34360
Basic marketing strategies, i think. Focus your work where you can get the most profit. Most of the games I'm currently playing (mostly Overwatch, tbh, i can live without the other stuff) just won't work on linux, even with Wine or other stuff.

I guess we'll just have to wait patiently till the infamous "year of linux" finally arrives

  No.34365

>>34361
I remember in 1992 people said Linux would dominate the market because businesses wouldn't want to purchase Windows.

Ninety-fuarrrking-two I heard that.

  No.34366

>>34365
I mean Linux has its hooks in the big machines that actually cost money. Windows for workers is a mixture of corporate inertia and undercutting the competition at the education level.

  No.34367

>>34361

Right there with you on that one. As soon as Wine can run Overwatch, I'm switching to Linux. It took at least 2 weeks for Windows 10 to stop blue-screening after every update the first time I installed it, and the second time I installed it (Present day, present time), it won't update at all. I've reinstalled it, I've validated it, nothing. Between the amount of BS MS has pulled in the gaming industry and now with my OS, I've had it.

  No.34369

>>34356

Congratulations! I've been full linux since I think.. age 13 or so haha. I was recently at the point where I had to re-learn Windows stuff just to be able to work with it. I've still never even used 8 or 10.

What games in PCSX2 run at 60fps? I was trying to get Gran Turismo 4 but it was having none of it, might be a difference of specs though.

>>34358

Why not use full disk encryption instead? It's pretty easy to configure nowadays.

>>34361

Some big players have been putting out ports though. I think it's not a matter of the amount of linux users so much as per capita linux gamers... as in a lot of linux users are also gamers.

>>34366

I think consumer devices will continue to go towards tablet/mobile interfaces, even on desktop and laptop form factors. Most people will give up control for ease of use. Not to say that there won't be a split, but just that the devices people currently use who aren't necessarily 'interested' in computers will continue to usurp freedom for ease of use.

  No.34373

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Full-time GNU/Linux user here as well. Running Trisquel on 10 year old Thinkpad for now. Going to get a new computer with Parabola GNU/Linux-Libre installed by default with 100% libre hardware.

My real problem comes from not having the funds for better hardware that respects my freedom and is powerful enough to run more intensive tasks (Blender, PCSX2, etc.) If you want something fully open and isn't "good enough", it'll cost alot more than a closed counterpart.

I'm in the process of purchasing an HTGLC (Home Theatre GNU Linux Computer) for retro gaming with the folks and watching movies in total freedom.

  No.34375

>>34373
Older hardware is such a drag. It's like back in the 90's manufacturers only knew about Windows and had no clue about GNU. I wish the best for you, friend. I hope you one day get a 'modern' setup.

Also, I'm broke as fuarrrk and am currently on a 12 year old computer running Lubuntu. I hope we both get better soykaf later.

  No.34381

>>34373
Maybe it's just me, and maybe I'm going out of topic, but i really understand the thing for open hardware. At least from my point of view, the problems of it are too much of a bother. I do care a lot about my privacy and freedoms, but at least i don't feel the need for open hardware.
Would you explain your reasoning to me? I really want to understand

  No.34395

>>34381
Disregarding "privacy" and "freedoms" altogether, one advantage of open hardware is that it is *much* easier - and legal - to write drivers for it. If a hypothetical new OH GPU comes out and it only has windows drivers, it would be much, much easier for other drivers to be written, and those drivers would work very, very well. With current closed-source hardware, the only way to write free drivers is to reverse-engineer the original drivers or the actual hardware. This does work, but it is difficult, slow, and the resulting driver is often not quite as good as the original.

  No.34397

>>34395
Well I'll be damned, that's gone real advantage right there. I'll look more into it, thanks!

  No.34409

>>34369
> full disk encryption
I haven't tested yet, I think it depends of usability, disk encryption makes computer boot slower, because you have to decrypt the whole filesystem every time. personally, I think it will be useful for laptops and other portable terminals.

  No.34424

>>34381
There is a growing trend of OEMs and companies to lock users from upgrading the OS, or even studying how the computers they bought work anymore. Apple and MS both engage in this. Apple seals hardware, and MS uses secure boot and BIOS keys to lock the system.

I don't like the idea of not being in control of something I paid for and having it be subject to a faceless company for "security and protection of our users." It's my computer, I should be able to use it how I want.

  No.34430

>>34409
I honestly haven't seen a difference in speed in boot time. Maybe it's just that I'm only using ~35% of my 500gb disk.

  No.34471

>>34409
> you have to decrypt the whole filesystem
You don't. It decrypts blocks, not the entire FS. I'm doing FDE on an old Core2Duo with ~1.5 TB of data with no noticeable performance impact.