Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2007 15:23 UTC
Mac OS X As you have surely noticed by now, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs held his keynote speech yesterday at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. So far, the responses have been mixed; I have seen a lot of excitement, but also a lot of disappointment. Personally, I am not really sure where I stand.
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Gaming is it
by fretinator on Tue 12th Jun 2007 16:44 UTC
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2005-07-06

The gaming announcement to me IS the big announcement. The only reason I or my kids (teens) keep Windows around is to play games. If that reason were to go away (which I doubt), there would be no reason to run Windows. We already use OpenOffice, Firefox, etc. It is only for the sake of games that we put up with the mess of spyware, viruses, etc. However, I think it will be a long time before all (or most) games are released for Mac and Windows. For me personally, I would also like to see Linux in that same mix, but I'm probably dreaming. Closed-source games wouldn't do well on Linux because of the Free Software Philosophy. Open-source games couldn't generate the money (in my opinion) to pay for the amount of developers, artists, musicians needed to make modern games. As soon as one copy of the game is sold, it would immediately be on someone FTP site and there would not be a lot more copies sold. This is why Mac is still an attractive platform for Game Devs. It's stil closed for the most part.

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RE: Gaming is it
by Slapo on Tue 12th Jun 2007 17:27 in reply to "Gaming is it"
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2005-07-06

If they were in OpenGL on a Mac, then it shouldn't be that much of a problem to make a release for Linux, we've seen that.
Closed-source games could do very well on Linux, because it isn't only Free Software zealots who happen to use Linux, and most of those people would welcome decent games for Linux wholeheartedly. It would probably be the same with binary drivers, we see that nVidia's are quite popular and in demand, I'd say most people seem to use them for better acceleration (I have no stats to support that, but just having a look at forums of your favourite distribution says it's not just 2 people using those).
Besides, games for Windows get pirated usually the same week they are available. And I do think people might not get them cracked on Linux that fast, if they have some brains left anyway.

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RE[2]: Gaming is it
by fretinator on Tue 12th Jun 2007 18:43 in reply to "RE: Gaming is it"
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2005-07-06

Closed-source games could do very well on Linux, because it isn't only Free Software zealots who happen to use Linux, and most of those people would welcome decent games for Linux wholeheartedly.


The problem is that Closed-source games go against the very foundation on which the OS resides - Free Software. This will never go away unless Linux goes away. Mac was able to absorb some of the BSD "love" because of the BSD license. You cannot do that with GPL code. Thus, binary-only drivers and binary-only software will always be second class - an evil that is [sometimes] endured until Free replacements are available.

My dream is for there to someday be a way to create a multi-million-dollar game and release it as Free Software, and still make money - and not because you charge for "services" or "servers". I believe the reimbursement element needs to be built into the system, but I don't see how.

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