Valve's Linux-based Steam Machines gaming console starts shipping today to a few beta testers. SteamOS, it's Linux for gamers, is scheduled to be released to everyone at the same time.
A game studio has shared publicly that Activison is preventing a new game from actively being made for "that platform", a.k.a. Linux.
Bringing a game to Linux is always a tricky proposition. More than even Windows PCs, with their infinite permutations of hardware and the drivers that go with them, Linux can be a bitch to achieve any kind of standardization on. This is because now, in addition to considering the liquid hardware and the drivers, the core OS itself can vary from one unit to the next. No two Linux machines run the same variation of the OS and software, and this, alongside the variable hardware configurations, can make porting a game to it (which is by definition resource intensive) a complete mess.
State-of-the-Art Gaming on GNU/Linux Not Only Possible But Becoming Default Option, Hardware ProductsSubmitted by Roy Schestowitz on Sunday 8th of December 2013 04:40:57 PM Filed under
What stood out, however, were hardware efforts. First, there was GCW-ZERO, the open source gaming console . Then there was Piixl Jetpack [13-19] and the $499 Steam Machine we alluded to before .
Developers behind the ioquake3 engine that serves as the community's leading open-source fork of id Software's once incredible id Tech 3 engine are still working on new features. The latest sub-project of ioquake3 is working on a new game launcher.
In a rather unconventional approach to PC design, British manufacturer Piixl has created a SteamOS computer that attaches to the back of your television set. According to Pocket-lint, the Piixl Jetpack is an open hardware platform that is fully customizable to fit a user's gaming hardware needs.
How do you do that? Simple. Linux. On a one-to-one scale a code developer is a code developer, so you can hardly claim that your Linux programmer is any better than whatever the big names out there can offer. But when you scale up, no one has the numbers, the ability and the diversity that the world of Linux can muster. This is where you can play the game on your terms.