Ubuntu Gaming Team

Christopher Chan christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Mon Apr 27 01:50:32 UTC 2009

Danny Piccirillo wrote:
> 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.

So is not about taking in part in code development?

> 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 FOSS gaming.

Or is it? "Code will be easily reused..."

Is this team planning on doing things like set up a Ubuntu Wesnoth game 
server, create campaigns/scenarios for Wesnoth and then get Ubuntu users 
to use the Ubuntu game server/campaigns/scenarios and establish an 
Ubuntu gaming community?

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