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

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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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    Thanks to the Raspberry Pi and gamers, Linux is all set to come out on top, says Sean Michael Kerner


  2. The State of Linux: Game On at LinuxCon


  3. Video: LinuxCon - Linux and Gaming


  4. Steam's Gabe Newell: Linux is the future of gaming; SteamBox may be announced next week
    "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.


  6. Valve announces Linux-based “SteamOS” as basis for living room gaming
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  7. Valve Has Announced The SteamOS Built On Linux


  8. New Batch Of Titles Greenlit On Steam 18th September


  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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  12. Postal 2 DLC Details Revealed
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  13. Fortix 2 is Hitting Linux
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  14. How Does Left 4 Dead 2 Perform On Ubuntu 13.04 Compared To Windows 8?


  15. Valve: OpenGL is faster than DirectX — even on Windows
    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.


  16. Free Turn-Based Strategy Game `Freeciv` 2.4.0 Released


  17. SUPERHOT FPS Where Time Only Moves When You Do


  18. The Fall A Dark, Story Driven Exploration In An Alien World UPDATED


  19. PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate coming to Mac and Linux on September 30th!


  20. iRacing Adds Linux to Existing MAC and PC Platforms


  21. Mac and Linux Versions of 'Rogue Legacy' Coming Soon, Says Dev


  22. Neverending Nightmares to hit PC, Mac, Linux, Ouya at same time
  23. Based on a true story
    Developed by Polypusher Studios for PC, Mac and Linux, Montague's Mount is a first person psychological rollercoaster ride through isolation, desolation and one man's tortured mind all set against the bleakness of an isolated Irish island. The player regains consciousness on a windswept beach, with no memory of the past.


  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


  26. Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut Dated in North America
  27. Humble Indie Bundle 9 Adds New Games, Two Brand New To Linux
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  29. Legend of Dungeon Released


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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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  35. Alien Arena: Combat Edition v7.66 Is Available Now
    Alien Arena is a is a free first-person shooter computer game similar to the Quake, Doom, and Unreal Tournament series. You can play Alien Arena online with other players or if you don’t feel skilled enough you can choose single-player matches and play against bots. The game’s content is proprietary, but its engine is open source (CRX engine). An internal server browser helps you to find other players online and there is also an IRC client for chat between players. Alien Arena is available Microsoft Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and OS X.


  36. OpenPandora - Gaming and more
    Hopefully, you remember my escapade with Pandora, which was given to me by the company's CEO for evaluation. In the first installment, we discussed mostly the look & feel and the amazing hardware of the test unit. In the second, we focused on the Xfce build and the modded Android port. So far so good, with some points for improvement.


  37. Valve CEO: Why Linux is the future of gaming
    Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve declared that proprietary software and closed platforms are gaming's past, its future is open and on Linux.


  38. Wine 1.7.2 Brings A Couple Of Changes
    The latest bi-weekly Wine development release, Wine 1.7.2, is now available.


  39. Wine 1.7.2 released
    The Wine development release 1.7.2 is now available.


  40. Wine Testing: Does The D3D Patch Boost Performance?


  41. Iracing Online Racing Game Comes To Linux In Alpha Via Wine
    An online car racing game that PC Gamer voted "Best racing game of all time" has hit Linux in the form of an alpha version that uses Wine.




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