The Crappy Parts of Linux

Frugal Thinker
4 min readOct 17, 2021

It’s all a trade off.

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I’ve used Linux Mint a Debian derivative for over 5 years now. I largely consider it the best distro for simplicity and efficiency. It is the version that I recommend to anyone willing to give Linux a try, especially for my friends who have old computers that need refresh.

We all know the main benefits of Linux:

  • Performance
  • Security
  • Cost Efficiency

It excels at all 3. The problem however has and will always seem to be compatibility in the following:

Gaming

Linux Gaming sucks. If your game isn’t available on Steam you’re most likely going to have to do plenty of work in the terminal to get your game up and running. You’ll be able to run some games in single player successfully but if you plan on playing any AAA multiplayer games such as Apex Legends, PUBG, Rainbow Six Siege, Destiny 2 due to Anti-Cheat software not being compatibility with Linux.

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Applications

The hardest part of getting users to switch to Linux is that most of the basic applications they are used to are not available for installation. Some of the main ones being:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Visual Studio

There are alternatives for every applications, most are open-source which means they won’t have the huge commercial support and continuous updates leaving them not nearly as polished as their competitors. However you get what you pay for.

To record videos from my webcam on Linux I’m forced to use guvcview which has a pretty crappy UI and loves to spontaneously close when the “Capture Video” button is pressed.

VLC works great when it works, but if I open it too often it won’t open at all till I kill the process.

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