4 years ago mac TD was a distant dream, but we have it now. For…reasons? In the absence of mac hardware that is capable of delivering large scale touchdesigner shows, it seems to largely be a move to cater to expanding the userbase to new users (a good thing) rather than increasing our options for show delivery (an important thing). Meanwhile windows continues to get worse with forced updates and annoying bugs. Linux support of nVidia GPUs is wonderfully functional these days and works fantastically for heavy duty tasks with things like tensorflow and pytorch. Windows 10 is getting worse rather than better, and we can’t crutch on windows 7 forever. Linux is in my opinion the best bet for being able to build media servers without bloat that is at best annoying and difficult to remove and at worst show-stopping and impossible to get rid of.
Someone will say it’s not that bad, or point out the things you can do to get w10 to work okay, but is polishing that turd the best we can hope for? w10 LTSB has seemed like a viable option, but even that is a huge schlep to get a hold of what is likely a questionable license for most people to obtain due to the restrictions in place.
If we had linux touchdesigner, there would be the option to run stable minimal systems with only exactly what we need and nothing to screw with the ability to deliver shows. No junk, no cruff, no forced updates because you hit the wrong button or rebooted the computer during load-in.
I think linux support is the ultimate ideal for touchdesigner media servers, but what will it take for derivative to decide to make that a reality?