[ubuntu-uk] Leaflets

Martin Fitzpatrick martin.fitzpatrick at gmail.com
Thu May 3 23:33:01 BST 2007

On 03/05/07, Chris Rowson <christopherrowson at gmail.com> wrote:
> I always find this a toughy.
> One problem I often encounter in my 20 something peer group is lack of
> support for gaming. For instance, as I write this, I'm setting up a
> computer with Feisty and trying to get Eve online working on it.
> That's one thing that's very important to a lot of people, and a major
> blocker to takeup. I'd think that this needs looking at carefully.

Is this an occasion where it's important to recognise our weaknesses
and pick our "battles" carefully? If Ubuntu is not ready to be a
platform for high-end gaming let's admit it: currently it's just not
easy and easy is what people want with their appliances.

It may take time but developers will bring the system to point where
it can contend - eventually. This will happen (whether we're
recruiting new Ubuntu gamers or not) because there are already plenty
of people who want to game on Ubuntu. For the long-term image of the
software it would be damaging to present it as ready before it's time.

When I discuss Ubuntu I try and make sure I don't push it beyond it's
capabilities. Mostly these people are friends and I don't want them
coming back months later fed up with what I've done to their system -
but if they have a problem and Ubuntu fixes it then fine. My partner
uses my laptop (Ubuntu) more than her own (XP) - make of that what you

Open software is about playing the long game. Marketing works in
business because you get the money up front. All we have is good faith
and reputation - both of which can be taken back.


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