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GNU/Linux Rapidly Becoming a Gaming Platform of Choice, Offering Better Performance

Posted in GNU/Linux at 3:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Not just cost but technical edge too seemingly help drive GNU/Linux as a choice for gamers and game makers

Gabe Newell from Valve believes that GNU/Linux is the future of gaming. He helped promote GNU/Linux as a platform for games in the very recent LinuxCon [1-4], almost stealing the thunder from the “Cloud Computing” hype [5] (surveillance computing).

What’s really noteworthy is that over the past week there have been quite a few announcements about games that are coming to GNU/Linux, not just via Valve (“SteamOS” is in the headlines right now [6,7], along with more Steam titles [8] that make headlines [9-13]). Performance under Ubuntu 13.04 is said to be much better than under Vista 8 [14]. The same goes for OpenGL versus DirectX [15].

Some GNU/Linux are not really news [16-18], but those that newly arrive at the platform [19-24] are, ‘big’ titles like Doom 3 [25] matter, and various other games [26-35] help show how GNU/Linux was transformed into more of a gaming platform, with even more devices being build around it [36]. Perhaps Newell was right and GNU/Linux is the future of gaming [37]. It took a whole to see this dream materialising. A new version of Wine has come [38,39] with further improvements [40], bridging the gap for some games whose developers have not used cross-platform APIs [41], so through Wine too — despite performance penalties — games continue to land on GNU/Linux even if they were never build for it.

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  2. The State of Linux: Game On at LinuxCon
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    “Linux is the future of Gaming” are the words loud and clear during the keynote by Gabe Newell, the CEO of Valve Software, at Linux Foundation’s 2013 North American LinuxCon event.

  5. FOSS and Linux Fuel the Future of Gaming, Cloud Computing and the Rest of Tech

    Technology has entered a new era in which software is no longer a differentiator, but the foundation that the “big winners” are building their services on, Jim Zemlin said today in his annual State of Linux speech at LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America in New Olreans.

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  7. Valve Has Announced The SteamOS Built On Linux
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  9. Valve promises three announcements this week – SteamBox and more?
  10. Calm Down, Internet — Valve Isn’t Building Their Own Steam Box
  11. Valve To Reveal Linux-Powered ‘Steambox’ News Next Week

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  13. Fortix 2 is Hitting Linux

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    In a scary twist that reinforces Valve’s distaste for Windows 8, it turns out that the Source engine — the 3D engine that powers Half Life 2, Left 4 Dead, and Dota 2 — runs faster on Ubuntu 12.04 and OpenGL than Windows 7 and DirectX/Direct3D.

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  24. The Fall, Story Driven Exploration Game, Could Arrive on Linux in 2014

    The Fall is a dark, action platformer based on the unison of atmosphere, adventure and exploration.

  25. Doom 3 BFG Edition Linux Port Is Still Being Developed
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  27. Humble Indie Bundle 9 Adds New Games, Two Brand New To Linux
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    Have you ever wanted to be president? or prime-minister? Convinced you could do a better job of running the country? Let’s face it, you could hardly do a worse job than our current political leaders.

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  37. Valve CEO: Why Linux is the future of gaming

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  38. Wine 1.7.2 Brings A Couple Of Changes

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