I've been running Ubuntu on my new computer for a week or two, so I'm still pretty new to it. I've found that most of the "guides" online omit key details and assume that anyone reading them knows how to do things like "get stuff from your repository when you don't know what it's called" or "how to make sure you download a half dozen components and put them in the place they need to go so that they automatically work." This includes the FS2Open installation guide.
I've gotten as far as getting FS2 (base) working on Ubuntu. However, the FS2 Open .AppImages I've downloaded flat out do not run. I click on them, I hit Run, and nothing at all happens.
I've downloaded the zip (tar.gz, whatever that stands for) for the WX Launcher, but the "go download these things, install them, and by the way we don't tell you where or how" directions have me baffled. What am I missing?
So far my experience with Ubuntu is that getting things to work on Linux is somewhat harder, less reliable, and less stable than Windows 95. I regularly question whether or not it's worth putting up with the massive privacy holes of Win10 just to make sure that I can spend time using my computer instead of dealing with all this undocumented obscure wizardry. I'm fine with the hardware, but everything under the hood is seriously obscure after two decades of understanding how Windows works.