Monday, December 10, 2012

Developers and Users

Tip of the day: Windows is a placeholder on a new computer to download a Linux ISO to Install. --Mike Frett

Any Developers read my Blog?. If you are a Game dev, I would like to propose something to you, as follows.

Let's say you make a video game on Direct X and decide you want to port it to Mac and Linux, It's going to be difficult you know. Let's say you make that same video game using OpenGL. You have now saved yourself lots of back-breaking coding. Not to mention the 5-20% you saved by not paying licensing fees to Microsoft. You should also look into cross platform game engines such as Ogre and Unity.

Devs, Linux welcomes you with open arms and freedom. Valve has seen the light and realizes the users are sick of Microsoft and want a divorce from their chains.
Yes, Linux has some problems, but so does Microsoft. That $200 sound card you bought two years ago? Yeah, it won't work on the new Windows OS; and you can't fix it because the source code is closed. But Linux welcomes your Audio card.

It's also known now that regular Ubuntu inserts Amazon ads into search results. Now listen, this is a non-issue since it's Open Source and can/has been changed. A far cry from Windows 8, which natively has MANY ads coded into Apps you install. Try changing those on that closed system!.

Microsoft is now also testing the water with something called 'Blue'. They want you to buy a new PC/Upgrade EVERY YEAR now and support for these products will end faster, and drivers will be unavailable quicker than ever. That means more endless searching on the Internet to figure out how to make your two year old add-in card or Webcam work. When all you have to do in Linux is simply plug it in and it works.

I hate to say it (not really hehe) but Microsoft is increasingly irrelevant. It's time for users to move on to a platform that doesn't punish and spy on you. It's time for Linux.

I have been using Xubuntu 12.04 (an Official! *Buntu) for one year now and can never see myself going back to a closed Microsoft OS, EVER. I hope, from now on, I can post tips here to help Linux users migrating from dirty Windows to Linux. From one Newbie to another.

Happy Computing!

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