I found the looming prospect of being pushed into upgrading to 11 too dystopian, so I took the plunge, erased windows 10, and installed Linux. To be more specific: Manjaro Plasma.
This was largely without sacrifice because I keep everything I actually care about on (and run off of) external hard drives. Steam, GOG, Important docs, the kitchen sink, and my RetroArch setup.
I like EXE files, they operate where I put them. Application images (RetroArch being the first and only one iv’e encountered so far), however, seem to get picked up and ferried by “AppImage Launcher” to the internal hard drive. Or at least I think so, I’m not sure if I know what I’m doing. Let me recount the bumblings of a Linux noob.
When I first “ran” the appimage I think I may have set “external hard drive/Emulation/retroarch” as the central hub for all appimages. Thankfully I do believe I have undone this and set the applications directory to something more appropriate. Then, forgetting it came from the 7z and mistaking it for something AIL did , I deleted “RetroArch-Linux-x86_64.AppImage.home” (I hope you got a laugh from that). Sure enough running retroarch again showed the assets were missing. Since I still intend to set this thing up I went back to the 7z and realized my mistake. I then extracted the files back to “external hard drive/Emulation” and merged “Emulation/retroarch” into “Emulation/RetroArch-Linux-x86_64.AppImage.home/.config/retroarch” (Do I hear laughing? Should I hear laughing?). Executed RetroArch again and assets are still missing. Obviously I could just use the online updater, but I have much bigger problem then missing assets.
I don’t know what victory looks like here! I don’t know enough to recognize if it’s running with resources from the desired directory or if it’s running with AIL shenanigans, and I’m working in circles.
Ideally, I want to create a shared folder in the external hard drive from which both the Linux and Windows versions can operate, preferably using the same resources (Don’t bring up the playlist files I’ll worry about those later). If that’s not possible then at least I’d like the Linux version to be as portable as the windows version was.
I chose Manjaro for two reasons. 1: It seemed like good distro to grow from beginner to super user. 2: Proprietary Nvidia driver support. I’m not so invested I couldn’t switch though (the EHDs help). I you guys think I’d be better off with something else I’m open to suggestion.