The common wisdom that M$’s OS is the platform for gaming is being questioned. Valve’s recent port to GNU/Linux gave this pleasant surprise:
“Left 4 Dead 2 is running at 315 FPS on Linux. That the Linux version runs faster than the Windows version (270.6)Â seems a little counter-intuitive,Â given the greater amount of time we have spent on the Windows version. However, it does speak to the underlying efficiency of the kernel and OpenGL.Â Interestingly, in the process of working with hardware vendors we also sped up the OpenGL implementation on Windows. Left 4 Dead 2 is now running at 303.4 FPS with that configuration.”
A few frames per second is no matter to me but gamers want “the best” and today, it is GNU/Linux.
Interestingly, Valve finds that porting to GNU/Linux helped them optimize their stuff for M$’s OS as well…
This is once again proof that diversity in IT is a good thing. It keeps competitors honest. It gives the consumer the possibility of getting a better deal or better price/performance. Taking what M$ gives as the standard for IT is a mistake M$ has fostered. Accepting M$’s stuff as the standard for IT is not in our best interest. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux, the OS that works for you instead of accounting for M$, providing a welcome home for malware, phoning home and requiring frequent re-re-reboots instead of doing what an OS is supposed to do.