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More on id and Linux

About a month ago we saw comments from John Carmack indicating that Linux versions of RAGE and the new DOOM game were up in the air, as the id technical director said: "There are no firm plans for linux ports of the idTech 5 titles, but it certainly isnít off the table." Now a later email exchange with Mr. Carmack posted to the Ubuntu Forums (thanks Ant and LinuxGames) indicates that the chances they will port their Tech5 titles to Linux are nearing ever-closer to the edge of that table, with a later exchange repeating his thinking that it "probably wouldn't be all that bad to get it running on the nvidia binary drivers, but the chance of it working correctly and acceptably anywhere else would be small." Here's his overview of the situation:

The PC and Mac versions are still OpenGL 2.x.

We are not currently scheduling native linux ports. It isn't out of the question, but I don't think we will be able to justify the work. If there are hundreds of thousands of linux users playing Quake Live when we are done with Rage, that would certainly influence our decision...

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25. Re: More on id and Linux Aug 24, 2009, 10:14 Reitsuki
 
Ah yes. The old "It doesn't fit my argument, so you're lying" defense. Nice.

Yes, I *am* making, more or less, an argument for dumb terminals. For a lot of users, that's really all they need.

What do my parents do with computers?

Browse the web.
Write and receive email
Keep financial records and do taxes.
Keep recipes, lists of movies owned, etc.
Import, manage, print, touch up, etc, photos from their digital camera.
Scan documents
Play simple games (Solitare, Chess, etc) and flash games
Watch DVDs (For some reason, despite having several good DVD players)
Rip CD and burn CDs

Everything on that list Linux can do out of the box *, if you will. What do they need to go to Best Buy or Walmart to buy?

As I said, earlier, before some people decided to pick a fight where none existed, Linux isn't perfect and doesn't do everything. But for a lot of desktop users, it actually does everything they need.

* Playing DVDs requires DVD codecs which aren't included in all free linux distros, but are in a few. And ARE included in virtually every commercial distro.
 
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