Linux is killing Linux on the desktop

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I’ve been using GNU/Linux exclusively for 8 years now. I’ve spent a lot of time with Fedora, Gentoo and Arch Linux. I use it at home, I use it at work and along the way I’ve converted many Windows users to Linux. I’ve lived through a lot of driver and software problems with Linux, hoping that the day would come when it will become a first-class citizen of the desktop operating systems town. Alas, this day never came and probably never will.

My patience ended this week and I’ll be gradually moving all my desktop machines back to Windows. What caused me to take such drastic course of action? I’ve bought myself a new ThinkPad T520 laptop, powered by Nvidia’s Optimus GPU switching technology - when the GPU load is low it uses the built-in Sandy Bridge GPU, when it gets higher - it switches to the discrete NVS 4200M GPU. Needless to say - this technology is not supported under Linux, but I was prepared to live without it. After all both Intel and Nvidia are known to have decent Linux drivers so I was about to try both GPU and select the one with the better performance. All I had to do was pick a shiny new distribution to power my mobile powerhouse…

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