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posted by janrinok on Tuesday March 18 2014, @11:05PM   Printer-friendly
from the getting-there-eventually dept.

Marneus68 writes

"Digital DRM-free game distributor is finally jumping on the Linux bandwagon.

Following the steps of Desura and Steam, plans to offer Linux compatible games starting this year. Along with games already available for Linux, will also be selling 'a variety of classics that are, for the first time, officially supported and maintained [by them].'

Most of the DOS titles already provided by will probably pose no major technical challenge since GOG has been using DosBox on Windows and Mac OS X since the very beginning however, all the exclusive ports will probably be more difficult to provide."

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  • (Score: 2) by Random2 on Wednesday March 19 2014, @03:53PM

    by Random2 (669) on Wednesday March 19 2014, @03:53PM (#18587)

    It's a start, but Linux still has a large uphill battle ahead of it.

    There's a reason for the phrase 'everything works on Windows', and that is the problem facing the Linux PCs. It's not simply a matter of 'hanging onto old programs', but also that future programs aren't guaranteed to work with the OS. For example, I can pirate some random game from Asia and have 99.99% assurance that it runs in Windows (at most having to switch system locale assuming the game isn't 15 years old). The same can't be said for any *nix distribution. WINE only does so much and it isn't a fix-all.

    So it's a start, but until those integration issues are fixed (or until developers can be convinced to build for Linux), you're not going to see widespread adoption.

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  • (Score: 2) by evilviper on Wednesday March 19 2014, @10:03PM

    by evilviper (1760) on Wednesday March 19 2014, @10:03PM (#18708) Homepage Journal

    It's true that Linux will always be a second-class citizen when it comes to GAMES, but that's all. Most other areas go the opposite way... With Windows, most people end up PAYING for every productivity program, as well as antivirus and more, which gets very expensive, very quickly. Meanwhile, the Linux boxes fly along on low-end hardware, don't randomly break, don't need lots of attention, and all the supporting application you could ever want are FREE, if perhaps not exactly what you're accustomed to.

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