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The GNU/Linux platform as an alternative to Windows is gaining ground, but there's one area in which the open-source operating system trails its proprietary equivalent: gaming. One new distribution, Game Drift Linux, looks to change all that, equipping the user with everything they need to play the latest games without having to pay the 'Microsoft tax' normally associated with a PC purchase.
It's a neat promise, but can an open-source operating system really attack Microsoft where it has the most strength?
At its heart, Game Drift Linux is a derivative of Canonical's popular Ubuntu Linux, basing itself on the 10.10 - or 'Maverick Meerkat' - release. While an update was planned for earlier this year to the Ubuntu 11.04 release, several bugs - noted in our review of the Canonical operating system - mean that the team made the decision to stick with the older 10.10 and wait for the release of 11.10 for a future upgrade.
Despite its slightly dated base, Game Drift Linux is an impressive distribution.