So... Why is Linux on Switch exciting?

Discussion in 'Switch - Hacking & Homebrew' started by Nerdtendo, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. Nerdtendo
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    I'm sure it's progress of some sort but what exactly does it mean? Will it help with exploits? Homebrew? Custom Firmware? Sorry for the noobish question.

    As a side question, are people usually this excited for hacking so soon after a console's release?
     
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    Given the fact that Switch hacking happened in a much faster time compared to the Wii U did, I can see why.
     
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    This already has a thread, just ask in the Linux on Switch thread
     
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    I was going to ask in that thread but it was "not open for further replies"
     
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    It is one way to get Steam on Switch, even if the list of compatible games is fairly short.

    There's a discussion thread as well as the announcement thread.
     
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    Ah, I thought the announcement and "discussion" we're synonymous (i.e. I thought the discussion was the same as the announcement and this, didn't see the discussion) my apologies.
     
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    Steam's on Linux now? :blink:
     
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    Has been for quite a while now..
     
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    Yes (since 2013), but not on ARM.
     
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    Since 2013...
     
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    I wouldn't know, I don't use Linux. Compatibility's too low.
     
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    Pretty standard belief. I'm with you on this.
     
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    I'd use Linux if people actually ported games over, more emulators, drivers, I'd switch over to Linux in a heartbeat if nVidia drivers would actually work.
     
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    The overall lack of support is blamed on a lot.. It's hard to pinpoint why.. But yes, I agree with this.
     
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    People just can't be arsed to put forth conceited effort to porting drivers over, I know it's stable too, but I digress. Who knows what this will do for the Switch scene TBH.
     
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    It isn't saying much since it's practically a generation behind, but WINE was recently updated with Direct X 10 and 11 support, bringing over a ton of new games and the such. It isn't enough for me to switch over, but some folks I know were happy to see the compatibility and jumped ship.
     
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    I'm not a big fan of compatibility layers/hardware emulation, I'd figure games would have glitches galore.
     
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    Simply it’s not exciting and will never be
     
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    Well, if there's an emulator optimized version, might be cool, also this means they could install Android as well?
     
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    To you it may not be. Others might find it interesting in what can be done to a system, even if it's never viable. Just like what Derrek did with his exploit of the Secure Monitor system.
     
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