Ubuntu Gaming Team
christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Mon Apr 27 02:50:32 BST 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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