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John Carmack, Linux is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market

Posted: 04 Aug 2012 09:01 AM PDT

John Carmack, founder and technical director id software, recently presented a keynote at QuakeCon. He said that Linux is still not a viable gaming platform and the two forays they have made have not been successful commercially.

Check out the video, skip to 45:26 for Linux part:



Below are the excerpts from the video:

"Valve announcing Steam Linux support changes things a bit but we have made two forays into Linux commercial market, most recently with Quake Live client but that platform just hasn't carried its weight compared to Mac."

"Its great that people are enthusiastic about Linux as a gaming platform but there are not many people who are interested in paying for a game and that seems to be the reality."

"One things that speaks in favor of Linux and open source is that Integrated graphics part is getting better and better. Intel has been completely supportive of open source graphic driver efforts."

"If I had time, I would love to work on optimizing Intel open source drivers."

"It is an enticing thought that there is a well supported open platform that you can deliver content through the Steam ecosystem, but its a tough sell on. But Valve get a huge kudos for the vision they have."

Urban Terror 4.2 Beta Released for Linux

Posted: 03 Aug 2012 10:59 PM PDT


Urban Terror is one of the most popular multiplayer FPS games for Linux. Created by Frozen Sand studio, the game features realistic weapons, gameplay and maps based on real world environments.

The game is quite popular and you can always find lots of servers. Now, Frozen Sand has announced that the long awaited Urban Terror 4.2 beta is available for download. 

New features:
  • New game type called Last Man Standing
  • New and updated maps
  • Updated matchmode
  • Updated hit detection
  • Updated player model animations
  • Auth system included; Account registration required
  • UrTUpdater included, an auto-updater for the game



This release should not be confused with Urban Terror HD, which is complete remake of the game and going on a different development path. Urban Terror HD will be fully supported on Linux.