Taking A Look At Pop!_OS From System76

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  1. Mr. Fox

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    There is one version of Steam that allows me to use an NTFS drive for my game library and another on that does not. I think it was the version with Lutris that does. If I can figure it out for certain I will reply with some screen shots.
     
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    Would appreciate it but I dont mind this machine only being ext4, really wanting to avoid the feeling that I can just go back to Windows without much effort lol
     
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    OK, I installed Pop!_OS because my Linux Mint got broken with some changes I made. I then installed Cinnamon because I do not care for the Unity-like desktop environment. Overall, even with Cinnamon installed, Pop!_OS UI is still not as polished and attractive as Linux Mint. I installed the latest Pop!_OS and not the LTS version. It still has somewhat the uglier Linux-looking fonts, cursors and what not, and Linux Mint with Cinnamon is kind of like the pinnacle of what an attractive Linux Desktop Environment looks like (IMHO). I'll have to spend time tweaking and correcting the aesthetic deficiencies if I stay with Pop!_OS for more than a few days.

    With that rigmarole out of the way, I then installed Wine Steam runner within Lutris, then installed Steam using the Pop!_Shop. I can map my Steam Library to the NTFS volume I use for Steam on Windows. When you add the Steam Library look in the Media folder. If you do not see the volume there, close that window, then mount the volume and look again. Should be able to see it then. If it does not gain access automatically the next time you boot into Linux, run the Linux Disks utility and set that volume to auto-mount when Linux boots and that should take care of it.

    Hope this helps. It sure makes it nice to have a huge volume for the Steam Library so you can install all the games you want to install, and being able to share the same library with Windows is even better.

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    After you create a Lutris account, install the Wine Steam runner and Steam from the Pop!_Shop, and synchronize Lutris the regular Steam client will show up in Lutris and populate the Lutris UI with "tiles" for your Steam games.

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    Thanks for sharing, Are your games not on the host drive?
     
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    That is correct. I have my Steam/Origin/Uplay/Epic game libraries on a 2TB striped volume composed of two Samsung 1TB EVO SATA SSDs. Linux is installed on a 512GB 960 Pro NVMe drive and so is Windows 7. Each of my versions of Windows 10 Enterprise are installed on 1TB Samsung Enterprise 22110 NVMe SSDs. I have a 2TB HDD and 4TB HDD for file storage.
     
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    Cant get PCSX2 working either. Gave up Lutris and am going to try out RetroArch instead. If that doesnt work then Ill just try the actual PCSX2 linux installation, if that doesnt work im going back to Windows on that machine for a while.
     
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    I perhaps took Dennismiungai's critique of Pop_OS! more than I should. I do the same with Mr. Fox when it comes to hardware, lol. But he does have a point when System76 of perhaps not giving back to the Free Software community as much as it could

    With that said, TheReceiver, don't let it sway you too much. I understand why you like the treatment of the nVidia proprietary driver in Pop_OS! I did, too.

    I also like their color theme of the cyan and orange. It's a nice constrast and visually "pop" hence the name. I also like the choice of Roboto fonts. It fits with the whole "for makers" motif and theme they have going, which I like. 3D printers, compilers, robot servos, motors, and all. Since I am a tinkerer at heart myself.

    I'm using Fedora these days. I feel Fedora and Red hat are more in line with my sensibilities and I have lots of years of exp with Red hat as a desktop OS and also Fedora. Hard to believe it's been almost 23 years.
     
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    Its just annoying when none of the guides I follow ever seem to actually work. I have failed trying to us PCSX2 standalone, via retroarch and also lutris.

    Retro fails to scan my repository or allow me to download the core (emulator), lutris doesnt even let me start the application and same goes for trying to run standalone.

    Now I can see why people are appreciating what work steam has put in towards linux, it just simply works. Ive got a friend that wants to troubleshoot with me since he also has a 13 R3 and is much better with linux than I am. Hopefully we can weed it out otherwise I have to go back to Win10
     
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    Linux has come a long ways in the past few years, and I like it way better than Windows 10. There are many things that either do not work at all, only work for certain distros, or do not work well. I'm still using Linux, and will continue doing so. And, I still hate Windows 10 (even though I use it sometimes), but it would be much easier to kill off Windows 10 if Linux worked extremely well at everything without some of the hassles that surface now and then.

    But, it's not as simple unless you are a Linux expert. When I say simple, what I am really referring to is having knowledge needed to make things work. Linux itself is easy. I am finding my way with Linux pretty well, and it feeds my inner geek. I have no problem using a terminal and actually like that part. But, I am constantly having to Google search how to do things and sift through the search results to find a solution that actually works. Some of the how-to material on the web is outdated, and some of what is current is poorly written, with instructions that are either incomplete or difficult to follow, written with the assumption that all readers are expert Linux users, or only applicable to certain distros. Or, you have to install new packages before the instructions work because the terminal commands are not valid without those packages installed.

    I don't have any plans to give up Windows 7 at this time. It's still the best option overall. One of the main reasons I haven't replaced Windows 10 with Linux is there are just far too many software titles I want to use that only work (or only work properly) on Windows. One of the most crucial Windows software titles that has no rival, and nothing that comes even remotely close to matching it, is Micro$oft Office... and, Excel and Outlook in particular. None of the other options available (Windows or Linux) have the functionality necessary to replace Excel completely, and all of the alternative email clients that I know of basically suck.

    Geary is OK... not great, but probably the best partial substitute for Outlook. I can tolerate Geary and I am using it. It's similar to Windows Mail, which is OK as the most rudimentary form of an email client. Geary and Windows Mail are slightly better than using webmail, mainly because you can access all of your accounts simultaneously instead of having to log in and out of each account in your browser one at a time. But, Thunderbird totally blows, and I'm not paying for Hiri email client. Tried using Hiri and I cannot even get it to launch so that I can play around with the 7-day trial.

    As far as PC gaming goes, Linux is getting very close to being a suitable replacement for Windows. There is a very large assortment of Windows games that work great on Linux, and that number is growing daily, thanks to OpenGL and Vulkan being perfectly suitable replacements for Micro$lop DirectX.
     
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    Here's a Q2RTX Linux video... this one includes some Quake 2 music.
     
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