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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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42. Re: More on id and Linux Aug 24, 2009, 18:10 Reitsuki
 
Do you seriously keep a closet full of 7+ year old equipment? Really and truly?

If a computer works, I rarely throw it away if it can still be made serviceable in the modern era... And some of the more svelte Linux distros work nicely. Obviously I'm not talking computers with 5 inch drives and 10 meg hard drives, but anything Pentium class or above? Keeping it. And old computer makes a dandy kiosk display for an exhibit, a web portal in a bedroom, a starting computer for a child, a backup computer if a buddy's system crashes, a simple media player, all sorts of fun and useful things.
 
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