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Why Free Linux Games Won’t Cut It

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Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation recently mused on the topic of non-free games on Linux, and unsurprisingly he rejects them, even though admitting that they “might encourage users of the games to replace Windows with GNU/Linux”. His position has been consistent for decades. What’s important is teaching users about their freedom as software users, and making that a priority, and not so much increasing the Linux market share and mind share.

In reality, however, I believe freedom rests with choice, and not with terms of various license agreements.

There are plenty of free games for Linux, and some Linux advocates are quick to point to some of the better examples. Unfortunately, this selection of games just doesn’t cut it compared to what is commercially available, for a few reasons.

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