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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RE[3]: Gaming is it
by elsewhere on Tue 12th Jun 2007 21:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Gaming is it"
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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.


Free software philosophy has nothing to do with it, there are companies making millions upon millions selling closed software that runs on linux. Problem is with the market; the companies making money selling linux software are generally targeting the datacenter, where linux is a proven commodity and market.

Gaming though, implies home/consumer use, and that's a much more difficult market to measure in terms of viability, particularly considering the vast majority of gamers using linux already have Windows for gaming anyways. Linux needs market viability with numbers to back it up in order to encourage developers to target it as a platform, until then it's a case of falling back to Windows or using wine-esque workarounds.

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