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posted by janrinok on Wednesday March 19 2014, @09:35PM   Printer-friendly
from the gaming-the-system dept.

Marneus68 writes:

"The Mozilla Foundation is reportedly working with Unity Technologies in order to bring an "HTML5 export option" to Unity3D's next major release. Unity3D 5.0 is to be released later this year.

This announcement comes out as a bit of a surprise given that Mozilla's philosophy revolves around free, open and normalized web technologies. Working along with a closed source software vendor really sounds like a weird decision from Mozilla."

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by c0lo on Wednesday March 19 2014, @10:15PM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday March 19 2014, @10:15PM (#18710) Journal
    For a moment I thought it is about the abomination of (Ubuntu's) Unity desktop.
    Turns out is about WebGL (3D in browser, Canvas3D implementation) without special plugins.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford
    • (Score: 1) by Skarjak on Thursday March 20 2014, @02:00AM

      by Skarjak (730) on Thursday March 20 2014, @02:00AM (#18753)

      Bah. People really overestimate how bad the unity desktop is. Plenty of people get work done in ubuntu. I mean, I'm rocking Awesome WM on my Arch install, but I'd still use unity to get work done. Its focus on the keyboard as integral to your workflow is something I appreciate. Having to go through a mobile-like menu to access your programs is iffy, but I've never ever done that in years of using ubuntu. I access all programs either from the sidebar or from searching for them with the first few letters of the program name. Takes me about 5 keystrokes. It's a very efficient process.

      • (Score: 2) by Nerdfest on Thursday March 20 2014, @02:58AM

        by Nerdfest (80) on Thursday March 20 2014, @02:58AM (#18762)

        Curenntly, it's slow, crashy, and doesn't handle multiple monitors nicely. You can get the same efficiency from Gnome shell or KDE without the slow and crashy. No, it's not that bad but it really doesn't offer any big benefits over either of the other two big desktops, while it's a little too tied to a group that seems a little too comfortable handing user searches over to Amazon by default.

      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by c0lo on Thursday March 20 2014, @03:12AM

        by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Thursday March 20 2014, @03:12AM (#18766) Journal
        Yo may call me a twisted mind, but I'm dependent on Eclipse. Last time I tried (about 1.5 years ago), there were huge troubles with the scrollbars and Eclipse's stability in general. Switched to LXDE and never looked back.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford
  • (Score: 5, Informative) by thomasdotnet on Wednesday March 19 2014, @10:23PM

    by thomasdotnet (1583) on Wednesday March 19 2014, @10:23PM (#18714)

    Unity is looking to replace their black box plugin with a new stage in the build process for their developer customers. The output will be a combination of webGL and asm.js code. This is a big win for interoperability as anyone can implement webGL in their browser, but only unity technologies could write a new version of their plugin. Unity3d is a widely used engine; I've even written a couple of iPhone games that are built on it. Soon any device that has an html5 compliant browser will have access to a large game library.

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by cybro on Wednesday March 19 2014, @11:57PM

      by cybro (1144) on Wednesday March 19 2014, @11:57PM (#18730)

      I myself have passed on playing unity games because I did not want to install the unity plugin. Too many bad experiences with plugins, even popular ones like flash and java. So I was not interested, and this was on a x86 PC running windows. So I think this is just a good move for them in general.

  • (Score: 0, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 19 2014, @10:26PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 19 2014, @10:26PM (#18715)

    They have been chasing it since at least the time they started deprecating the suite. You don't abandon software like the namesake suite and Thunderbird if you care about open source, freedom, and community. (Yeah yeah they still host the projects, which now shuffle forward like zombies.)

    I use Mozilla software, even as it declines in quality, but don't trust them much more than Microsoft or Google.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by cybro on Thursday March 20 2014, @12:03AM

      by cybro (1144) on Thursday March 20 2014, @12:03AM (#18731)

      If you want to use a tool because it is useful to you, good. If not, don't. Never trust, just think about what Mr. Snowden has shown us. You shouldn't "trust" them at all should you? Has Mozilla ever asked for your trust?

      If trust is an issue, then what about the weakest link in the chain? Does it even matter with Mozilla if you are already running on Microsoft Windows anyway?

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by bookreader on Thursday March 20 2014, @11:47AM

      by bookreader (3906) on Thursday March 20 2014, @11:47AM (#18844)

      This "Working along with a closed source software vendor really sounds like a weird decision from Mozilla" part in the story is missing the point a bit. It clearly looks like Unity wanted to find someone to do certain task, and this someone happened to be an organization having people experienced in building Web stuff like the Mozilla Foundation. So perhaps Unity paid Mozilla to do this.

      Which should be fine, I prefer Mozilla getting money for developing Firefox etc. this way than getting money from evil overlords like Google.