Linux Tycoon: A Game Where You... Build A Distro
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming on 2 April 2012 at 07:14 AM EDT. 6 Comments
If first person shooters aren't your thing, you are not interested in Trine 2, or just too impatient waiting for Source games on Linux, there's a new Linux game that was released today: Linux Tycoon.

Linux Tycoon is an interesting game, for better or worse. Linux Tycoon is a game where you build your own Linux distribution. Yes, it's really a Linux distribution building simulation game. For this "game" you get to analyze and select software packages, fix bugs, manage volunteers and paid staff, and manage to keep your distribution at a reasonable size, among other tasks.

Linux Tycoon is being sold DRM-free for Linux and Mac OS X platforms for a price of $4 USD. If this game happens to interest you, more information is available at the Linux Tycoon web-site. Below is the e-mail sent into the Phoronix news box this morning from Bryan Lunduke, the game's lead (only?) developer.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a video game that simulated the experience of building and managing a Linux Distribution?

That is a question that nobody on the planet has ever asked.

But they should have because, as it turns out, it’s a great basis for a game. And now that game exists.

Early this morning I announced the availability of Linux Tycoon.

The game in a nutshell:
In Linux Tycoon you build and manage your own Linux Distro… without actually building or managing your own Linux Distro. Basically take out the “work” and the “bug fixing” and the “programming” parts… and, wham-o!, you’ve got Linux Tycoon.

Some quick tidbits:
- Available for Linux and MacOS X (Windows version coming soon).
- DRM free.
- Only costs $4.

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