As far as the userspace configurations, that is definitely a concern. I'm guessing that Steam will probably ship with a pre-packaged set of libs that games can easily use, so that they don't have to worry about the particulars of specific distros. That's not exactly the linux way, but it does seem like a fair trade-off, since the LSB hasn't been able to fix that issue.
I also expect they will only officially support a few distros - Ubuntu, with maybe a few others sprinkled in, and then just be friendly towards allowing people to get it up and running elsewhere, without providing any real support for them. Plenty of linux apps run fine cross-distro without going to any great lengths.
Last edited by smitty3268; 07-02-2012 at 08:24 PM.
did you try the wireless connector for xbox 360 pads for pc?
Not an issue that I've seen before.- A kernel that changes every three minutes
I've had Linux running on lots of hardware over the years and I have not come across audio skipping before. I have had a lot of issues with Intel chip sets and static though.- A sound system that consistently produces audio skips
The newer ones seem to have issues with certain games. Trine 2 for example. Under Gnome 3 my top bar doesn't hide. Under KDE4 my bottom bar doesn't hide. It's not a common occurrence but why is it even happening in the first place?- Window managers and desktop environments that simply don't work
ive used the ps3 controller as a pc controller before. its apparently maybe possible through bluetooth, but i did it with usb. it was pretty much just plug in and hit the ps button. dmesg should show it as a hid device and the joystick programs should show mobements for it.
Out of curiosity - isn't 12.04 using 0.9.7.x still?! - if so, part of the problem is likely in that (i would think, and Unity too). Bug fixes from lp:compiz get cherry-picked into 0.9.7.x branch (for LTS), but 0.9.7 was a bit problematic/buggy in a few situations, and the 0.9.8 series has some (much) bigger architectural changes, some of which have improved compiz quite a bit.. for one, it uses very little resources compared to 0.9.7 series. A lot of code has been cleaned up and/or refactored, not to mention every single bug that i reported has been fixed, including some of the plugin regressions.
My main desktop runs *very very well*. ie: i can put lots of videos on fullscreen, open up VMware launch several VMs (with H/W acceleration), open GLadish - launch a bunch of synthesizers/fx to play via my midi-keyboard, compile wine + update my system (with more than one core) + whatever other apps may be open and everything works just fine. I don't experience any crazy (visual) lags, everything tends to work how it should.
The only issue i was having, was my RT-kernel didn't like 300g file transfers, but that was only a problem once, and has been fixed upstream. So it wasn't a big deal.
I think Valve may have some issues with Linux (probably mostly in ubuntu land), but i'm not nearly as pessimistic as you are. I also think they have a lot of potential customers who currently only use Windows for gaming, but have already migrated to Linux over the last few years. i know quite a few people who fall into this category, for sure. I also tend to think since they seem to be linux-friendly i could see them working a little closer with OSS developers, than some companies are willing to.
hopefully, Valve's endorsement of Linux will lead to some improvements, as well.
Comiz might be the source of all problems. Mostly performance issues. After switching to kde, everything just works. I dont know, why kwin is so good and why compiz devs cannot accomplish that.