I agree I’d prefer NOT to run Rhino via WINE. But pretty much disagree on else.
While I don’t like WINE it does not get you a huge overhead. The same goes for virtual machine - usually performance is near native. There are issues with both solutions though ( hassles of setting those up etc).
Number of distros is not a problem nowadays for most part. If you do things correctly app running on RHEL will run on Ubuntu as well (and I tell this from my own experience - I’ve been running dcc and modeling apps on Linux for a while). You can also provide your app as an .appimage for example and you basically get rid of dependency issues (flatpak and snaps will probably be a good options too when they mature).
OSX is no longer good choice for 3D stuff nowadays. First of all Apple crippled opengl on it - probably hoping they can convince devs to use metal.
To add insult to injury current hardware setups are even worse for 3D. Also not that good for tinkerers. It really seems that pro space is no longer in Apple’s focus.
They are still good for 2d and music though - but those are not areas I’m currently interested in.
Being less resource hungry is nice, but for me it is not critical - as long as I can get the job done without gritting my teeth. It’s rather about workflow. And for me it is better on unix-like systems.
And even though I don’t have hard feelings towards Windows the moves Microsoft makes piss me at times. For example just last week I’ve been hit by a problem caused by forced update - I’ve set a prototyping job to complete overnight, just to discover that all went to hell as Windows 10 updated and restarted without asking (and sadly it is not as easy to get rid of those as was with previous versions - I also can’t simply disconnect internet access in huge chunk of cases as the jobs rely on it).
And yeah, I understand why Rhino devs do not have linux version on a to-do list. But for me it is a kind of chicken-egg problem. Are there not enough designers using Linux because it is unsuitable platform or because they can’t find apps they need for their work on this platform?
Oh and btw - you probably know that huge chunk of Hollywood uses Linux, don’t you ?
Luckily things are getting better for Linux users - while I was not able to use Linux for work a couple of years ago, now I can. I have a selection of dcc apps (Maya, Modo, Blender…), texturing apps (Substance Painter, 3D Coat), sculpting (3D Coat). Majority of my 2d needs are covered thx to Krita, video editing and composting are ok thx to Blender and Blackmagic Fusion. Industrial CAD is basically the last sore spot.
And that’s why I’d be grateful even for a preconfigured WINE (or other) wrapper .