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"Don't Count Linux Out of Games," Says Dee-Ann LeBlanc

"Don't Count Linux Out of Games," Says Dee-Ann LeBlanc

  • Read yesterday's Slashdot thread on Ian Bonham's article "Is the Key to Linux a Games-Based Distro?"

    Ian Bonham, in his article "What Linux Really Needs is a Killer Game" has stirred up a bit of a storm with his suggestion that a game-based distro be launched in order to further Linux as a premier game platform.

    It's an interesting goal, but I personally don't think we need to get that drastic.

    After having a nice long talk with Chris DiBonaRyan Gordon, Timothee Besset, Gavriel State, and Joe Valenzuela about where Linux currently stands and how it will one day become a premier gaming platform, it became perfectly clear to me that most of the technological issues are already solved, and that the others won't take too long to fix once the game publishers really get into the mix.

    Want to know more? Check out the April issue of LinuxWorld Magazine, on newsstands in two weeks' time. You'll find the main roundtable discussion written up there, an article on the standards currently used in Linux gaming (and cross-platform game development in general), and another one on the many little issues that are out there for better and worse in the current Linux gaming scene. You'll even find (gasp) commercial games written for Linux!

    Rather than pushing for Linux-only games, my personal thought is to push for more cross-platform development. Let me invite you to read the April issue and then come post your thoughts about it on LinuxWorld.com. You might be surprised at where things stand. When I was asking around for folks "in the know" who had the time to participate in my roundtable, many of them said, "oh, this is a very timely topic."

    That suggests to me that big things are happening somewhere.

  • More Stories By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

    Dee-Ann LeBlanc has been involved with Linux since 1994. She is the author of 12 books, 130 articles, and has more of both coming. She is a trainer, a course developer - including the official Red Hat online courseware at DigitalThink - a founding member of the AnswerSquad, and a consultant.

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