Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jan 2010 23:06 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu development community announced today the availability of Ubuntu 10.04 alpha 2, a new prerelease of the next major version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution. This alpha is the first Ubuntu release to completely omit HAL, a Linux hardware abstraction layer that is being deprecated in favor of DeviceKit."
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RE[5]: Deprecation
by StephenBeDoper on Sun 17th Jan 2010 22:32 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Deprecation"
StephenBeDoper
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Based on Net Applications data the iphone/ipod touch has about half the market share of Linux.
http://marketshare.hitslink.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?...

Game developers stay away from Linux and it isn't because of market share.


A few other factors that might have played role:

1) Even the Windows gaming market is a pathetic shadow of what was 10 years ago - it's mainly just hand-me-down console ports (with the exception of Valve, Blizzard, and maybe-kinda-sorta id). Linux games have typically been ports of Windows games - with the big commercial titles, at least.

2) Last I checked, Wine does a decent job of running most Windows games - which eliminates the need to port, at least from the perspective of commercial game developers. IIRC, that had a lot to do with Loki Games' demise (why buy the Linux port if you've already played the Windows version through Wine?).

3) Games for cellphones were already a big money maker years before the iPhone ever came into existence. And thanks to the way that carriers nickel-and-dime customers for things like ringtones, there's a large number of people who would balk at paying for software on a desktop computer - but who don't think twice about buying a cellphone app.

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