Ubuntu Gaming Team
danny.piccirillo at ubuntu.com
Fri Apr 24 09:33:48 BST 2009
In recognition of the value of FOSS gaming, the Ubuntu Gaming Team has been
formed of mutual benefit to Ubuntu and FOSS gaming. As of today, the team is
now open for anyone to join and participate in. Working towards improving
FOSS games and developing its community will turn a significant barrier
against Ubuntu adoption into an appealing reason to switch.
The Ubuntu Gaming Team will work to address the obstacles hindering growth
in FOSS gaming such as the need for effective distributed content management
or significant investment in free content development in order to promote
FOSS gaming through Ubuntu and Ubuntu through FOSS gaming. New ideas are
encouraged and appreciated.
FOSS gaming is important to Ubuntu as a lack of quality games is one of the
most cited reasons preventing users from switching from Windows. Gamers, who
currently feed off of the proprietary software model, represent a large and
valuable user base. They will not even begin to gradually migrate to Ubuntu
until their needs are met. They are very capable of understanding the
ideological and technical benefits of using a free operating system like
Ubuntu, and are often interested in switching, but higher value is placed on
high quality gaming and the entire demographic will not budge until the
pragmatic advantages of open source actualize through FOSS gaming.
The team is dedicated to FOSS gaming, and will not push for commercial games
on Linux as significant effort is already put into the development of Wine
and pressuring video game publishers to port their work to Linux. Once FOSS
gaming reaches its "tipping point", code and content will be easily reused
to foster the development of new games and innovative ideas in gaming. The
Ubuntu Gaming Team fills a great need for an organized effort to support
ubuntu-gaming at lists.launchpad.net
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