The Drawbacks Of Linux

Linux is a fantastic operating system which has multiple great distributions that provide a great experience for a range of use cases.

The open source nature of the operating system and software makes for a not only a free experience, but a very community driven one as people work towards improving the respective Linux distributions every day.

For a technically inclined mind who have no fear of a new challenge, Linux can be engaging and rewarding. For the less technically inclined, Linux can bring more than a few unwelcome challenges to the table.


Gaming is one of the areas where Linux has made the most progress in the last 5 or so years. The teams who have work on Wine and indeed Proton have done an incredible at brining support of a huge variety of games to Linux. Steam has also made a great push with integrated support for a lot of titles.

The downside remains that while Steam used to have all but the most niche games, today, steam is only a segment of the market. A lot of PC gamers are somewhat picky in that they know what they want to play, and they want to play that specific game. If the game you love isn’t supported, you may just be out of luck.

For the modern-day gamer who focuses on newer titles like those at, there are two overarching problems.

  • Time – In lot of modern games, the changeover to Linux is done by the dedicated community and not the developers. The job done by the community is a fantastic one, but this does mean that there will be a time deficit after release. New titles will generally not be fully functional on the day of release. It usually takes a few days to get them working properly.
  • Anti-Cheat – Anti-cheat systems are a requirement in all modern competitive games. While the anti-cheat systems do support Linux, if the Linux work is not done by the developers of the game, it can be nearly impossible for the community to implement the anti-cheat systems themselves. If you thrive on competitive shooters, Linux is not the right operating system for you.

Niche Use Case

For the majority of workflow use, Linux is perfect. Most people just need to work in spreadsheets and on emails, for which, Linux may excel beyond windows abilities. Other workflows relating around content creation are also very well catered for, and the host of mostly free software is impressive to say the least.

The main problem with workflow comes in when you need to use any bespoke software or tools. If your work requires you to use specific in-house made software, getting it running on Linux will, at the very least, be a challenge and may be outright impossible. If you make use of any external devices, like a drawing pad for content creation or a specialized mixer for recording, the driver problem may be enough to make the Linux experience not be worth it for you.