Nexuiz etc LiveCD -- how far can hardware detection go?
John Richard Moser
nigelenki at comcast.net
Sat Feb 2 05:58:34 UTC 2008
How far can Ubuntu's hardware autoconfiguration go? How far does 3D
support work in Linux now? Joysticks/mice/etc?
One fascinating idea I've had for a while was to turn a PC into a gaming
console. I hear a lot of "Windows runs my games" and "I have a high-end
gaming PC" these days. Why not burn a game onto a DVD or CD, with
Ubuntu, with the configuration set up so it boots and finds a USB drive
or hard drive and lets you pick where to save config/games to?
This is just an off-the-cuff thought, but what about a release LiveCD
that really does boot up Nexuiz or something on boot, and shut it down
when you exit? Fast shutdown: remount all r/w drives as read-only, run
sync, wait 3 seconds, then flat out halt the system. What about a boot
menu that picks the game (read /proc/cmdline) for you? No Gnome, no
Fluxbox, no stripped UI. Just load up X, have it use the game as the WM.
During boot, list drives found (list "initialized drives" with a
specific config file on them first) that may have configuration data
(i.e. wireless networks, save games, hardware settings...). Allow
reconfiguration, including picking a wifi network, or such. Aside from
that, pretty much "Pick profile. Configure? [No] Launching game..."
Feasible? Interesting? Challenging? Likely to expose new and
interesting design considerations for general desktop OSes? Any
thoughts or comments at all?
Bring back the Firefox plushy!
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