Ah Linux, a very powerful yet weak Operating System. I have been using Linux (mainly Ubuntu) for years now. But in May of 2009 I dove into a 100% Linux world. I had reformatted my hard drive and only had Linux Ubuntu 9.04 installed on the system (64-bit). Things were going great in the wonderful world of Linux. Then of course I ran into some bugs, but also some software compatibility with programs and lack there of. Linux had turned into an obsession for me to use as a main OS. It was a wonderful experience overall but here are some issues that I ran into.
Issue #1: Flash- Adobe Flash, in my opinion, has terrible support for anything and I hope it gets replaced soon seeing as support of anything for Linux seems to be half-assed. At the time Flash 64-bit support was virtually impossible to get working, though now it seems pretty stable. Still not up to par with what I could do on Windows or OS X. I like to stream about once a week but with Linux it was impossible as it seems Flash could not seem to get access to my webcam or my mic. Though very disappointed, I learned to live without it for months ( I do keep a partition of Windows for all of the problems I describe).
Issue #2: Web cam support- My web cam works very very well in Windows, but that is all do to one very important feature that Linux does not have access to yet by Logitech and for the most part all other hardware companies. This one very important feature, is the support of OEM drivers, without the driver the hardware will not act as it is supposed to. Thus the problem with the web cam will not be fully fixed without the support of OEM drivers.
Issue #3: Lack of skype support- Ugh this issue really makes me mad. Windows users have the Skype version 4.1 as Linux users have just now gotten 2.1, this makes for lack of user friendly features seen in 4.1 that are not there in 2.1 such as the voice conference and chat conference to be in the same window, this creates this issue of having multiple Skype windows open when I should only have one.
Issue #4: Pulse Audio- This is the worst audio implementation I have ever seen in an OS to date. It makes audio feel, look, and sound terrible. Just find another audio driver to use instead, I recommend using ALSA.
Issue #5: Gaming- Of course this a huge issue for me seeing as I am a hardcore PC gamer, I did not play games for months and that was very very hard. Yes of course I know I can install Wine, but Wine can only go so far with OpenGL games and you can just forget about Direct X 10. Not having games was pretty boring as the most interesting game I could find on Linux was Tux Kart Racer. Just was not up to par with playing Team Fortress 2 or Crysis.
Issue #6- Lack of Commercial “Pro” applications- Ah yes a very big problem in the world of Linux, although alternatives there are just not up to par with the commercial apps of todays world. In Windows I use apps such as Camtasia and Sony Vegas Pro. In Linux my substitutes are GTK-recordmydesktop and Kdenlive, though good apps, just not up to par with the pro apps. Also you can kiss goodbye using Photoshop (I really do hate GIMP).
Now these were just a few of the reasons of why I cannot FULLY switch to using Linux 100% percent of the time. I can safely say that I remain in Linux 75% percent of the time I am on the computer and on Windows 25% of the time. I hope you enjoy the list, and if you have any questions about using Ubuntu Linux just post a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this and be sure to prepare your self for the the next blog: “When receiving more compensation will I continue to go Open Source?”. Stay tuned for more videos and blogs!