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A Linux distro for gamers – SparkyLinux 3.4 GameOve

Historically, Linux and #gaming were like oil and water — it did not mix. For the most part, this was just accepted as a fact of life. Quite frankly, this was OK as users were more interested in maintaining their box and chatting with other Linux users anyway. However, as time went by, jealousy of DOS, and then ultimately Windows, definitely grew as more and more amazing games were released for Microsoft’s operating system. Even Linus Torvalds himself dual-booted Linux and DOS to play Prince of Persia.

Gaming is no longer an optional aspect of an operating system — it is now a necessity. Luckily, Linux has been making huge strides in this regard, particularly thanks to Steam. Today, SparkyLinux 3.4 “Game Over” becomes available and it is very intriguing — a Linux-based desktop operating system with a focus on gaming.

The following gaming features are touted:

  • Access to games compiled for Linux platform
  • Access to “popular” and “modern” games via Steam and Desura platforms
  • Access to many games created for MS Windows platform via Wine and PlayOnLinux
  • Access to “old” games created for discontinued machines and systems via emulators

The following emulators are available:

  • DeSmuME — emulator for Nintendo DS games
  • DOSBox — DOS system emulator
  • MAME — arcade games emulator + GUI front-end GNOME Video Arcade
  • NEStopia — Nintendo Entertainment System emulator
  • PCSX-Reloaded — Sony PlayStation emulator
  • Stella — Atari 2600 emulator
  • Visual Boy Advance — Gameboy, Gameboy Advance and Gameboy Color emulator
  • Yabause — Sega Saturn emulator
  • ZSNES  — emulator of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System

As you can see, gaming is definitely the focus of the distro. While you can manually add all of these things to pretty much any distro of your choice, it is appreciated to have everything collected for the user. This distro would serve particularly well in a living room for playing games or consuming media. This would be the dream Linux distribution for a child’s PC.

Do no’t be confused though, this distro is not just play — it is a full-fledged operating system that can serve for office work web browsing or anything else you want to do. It even has the very modern 3.14 kernel. Plus, it utilizes the lightweight LXDE environment to minimize system requirements.

Download it here.

Reblogged from: betanews.com


Linux based SteamOS Machines specs for Valve prototype

More details are slowly being revealed about Valve’s gaming prototype Steam Machines. ZDNet reports on just what you can expect in the first 300 units.

Why Do Game Devs Hate Linux?


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Fast forward it to 20:00

So obviously the title alone has your attention, right? Well that’s also the reason behind my curiosity. As I was hoping to see a video with some major discussion regarding Linux game developers and challenges presented by the platform. But instead, we are presented with some partially sufficient points and an opinion.

First major point that caught my attention, “linux is a fractured platform”.
Trying to sight the fact that due to different distributions, there seems to be an issue towards game development.
Okay, I can see some challenges there. Every distro has it’s varied installation packages, let alone version compatibility and means of support, but with a solid community behind it.
One of the major game installers that have been used in the various “Bundles” is Nixstaller. A cross-unix install platform that resolve dependencies through a config.lua file, making the developers life a whole lot easier. Giving a further diversity for different linux distro’s and it’s open source licensed, so it’s free.

Another interesting point, “game developers don’t play their games on linux”?? What!?
Was there a recent poll we missed? Where do they get this information from? Game developers would be more than willing to play their games on a Linux box. I have spoken to quite a few Kickstarter project leads, all of which have an install of Ubuntu some where local to test their game(s). Which is to be expected.
***I know that may not be the BEST example, but Ubuntu is most common.***

The part that had me laughing out loud, “there are very few people running Linux at home”?
Well we do know that Linux downloads per year are well into the millions, many millions actually. So there are ALOT of desktop users out there using it.
As per how many desktop installations actually exist? Nobody knows. The Fedora wiki even admits it.
What I do know personally, because I’ve seen this a great deal. There are many gaming channels (both console and PC) on YouTube that show off their setup. Usually there is a computer running linux in the mix, usually used for both video editing and daily use.

However, maybe if Monty used Linux, he would not have to “rebuild his wifes laptop every six months”. LOL

The final point, with “linux you need certain things, that are just not there”. Not true, again, Unity 4 is now taking the gaming industry by storm. Both in functionality and it’s means to create brilliant cross-platform games. Crytek has also been reported to be working on Linux support. So with all this demand on the gaming industry for support. Hardware vendors and even more progressive software companies will have to come up with their own solutions.

Ten years ago, maybe we could agree with what was being outlined in the show. Now, most game developers are afraid linux users want their games for free. Which is not entirely true. Cost effective and “pay what you want” is taking the industry by storm.

Gary Gannon – @garygannon 

Question for Monty? You can email him at [email protected]

What are you thoughts? Any game developers out there with feedback? 


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