2013: Not The Year of Linux on the Desktop
The Linux community has been claiming that next year will be the year of Linux on the desktop since the late 1990s, at least. For my part, I ditched Microsoft Windows completely back in 2002, after a five year switch period to get completely off of Windows that started way back in 1997. Two weeks ago, I was finally able to buy a gaming desktop that came preinstalled with Linux: the Alienware X51 that shipped with Ubuntu 12.04. Today, Valve Software announced they will be releasing their own distribution of Linux called SteamOS, and many gamers are wondering if Linux is really ready for gaming.
In truth, the year of Linux on the desktop may never arrive, but the year of Linux on the TV may already be here, considering SteamOS is targeted at ‘big screen’ gaming.
I don’t have SteamOS yet, but before I get my hands on it and write up my experiences, I thought it might be worthwhile to share my experiences with the X51 running Ubuntu 12.04.