Is Linux the best operating system?

Today in Open Source: Is Linux the best operating system? Plus: GOG.com won't support Linux, and a screenshot tour of Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Beta

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The digital distributor spoke with LinuxOnGaming about its specific reasons for sticking with Windows and Mac for the time being.

In the words of Trevor Longino, the head of PR and marketing: "For every game we release we provide a money-back guarantee: if we can't get the game working on the customer's computer with the help of our support team, we return the money. The architecture of Linux with many common distros, each of them updating fairly often, makes it incredibly challenging for any digital distribution company to be able to properly test the game in question, and then provide support for the release -- all of which our users are accustomed to."

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I temper my reaction to this news by reminding myself that Valve is still supporting Linux in a big way. So while this news is unfortunate, it's not really the end of the world for Linux gamers or anything close to that. But it would be nice to see GOG.com eventually support Linux.

The company isn't ruling out Linux support forever though, but right now they can't make the economics of it work. This is an understandable though regrettable situation. I hope they are able to find a way at some point to support Linux gaming.

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Beta Screenshot Tour

The Coding Studio has a screenshot tour of Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Beta 1. It's worth taking a look at if you're curious to see what the next version of Ubuntu Studio will be like.

If you aren't familiar with Ubuntu Studio, here's the official description from the Ubuntu Studio site:

"Ubuntu Studio is a free and open source operative system, and an official flavor of Ubuntu. Ubuntu Studio is the most widely used multimedia orientated GNU/Linux distribution in the world. It comes preinstalled with a selection of the most common free multimedia applications available, and is configured for best performance for the Ubuntu Studio defined workflows: Audio, Graphics, Video, Photography and Publishing."

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