1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

ioDoom3 - Open-Source id Tech 4 - Is Dormant

Gaming

Published on 11 October 2012 04:27 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
6 Comments

id Software published their Doom 3 / id Tech 4 source-code nearly one year and one day after pushing out the game engine source-code under the GPL license, the ioDoom3 project was born. The ioDoom3 engine project intentions were similar to that of the successful ioquake3 engine as a flavor of the open-source id Tech 3 code-base, but unfortunately ioDoom3 is yet to be as popular.

In November of last year when the Doom 3 (id Tech 4) code was released followed by the immediate announcement of ioDoom3 on the Icculus infrastructure, it provided a lot of hope that open-source games would soon begin using this newer id Software game engine rather than the much older id Tech 3 engine code. Unfortunately, there hasn't been much ioDoom3 activity as of late.

The ioDoom3 Git repository hasn't been touched in months, the mailing list hasn't seen a message since May, their Twitter doesn't see much in the way of original Tweets, the Wiki doesn't see activity, the forums aren't frequented, and the BugZilla isn't even really active.

This follow-on to the ioquake3 project just hasn't seen much activity in the past eleven months. Any major open-source games using it yet? Not yet.

A bit more active than the ioDoom3 project itself but still based upon the open-sourced id Tech 4 code-base is Oliver McFadden's Dante project, which mostly focused upon renderer improvements, and then Dhewm3. The id Tech 4 Dante has found support for EGL as an alternative to GLX, OpenGL ES support, a new GLSL back-end, and even Google Android support.

Outside of id Tech 4, when it comes to open-source games doing impressive things, two projects worth following are the DarkPlaces-based Xonotic and the Daemon-based Unvanquished.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver
  2. The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source GPU Drivers
  3. AMD R600g/RadeonSI Performance On Linux 3.16 With Mesa 10.3-devel
  4. Intel Pentium G3258 On Linux
Latest Linux Articles
  1. AMD Catalyst 14.6 Does Slightly Better With APITest OpenGL Tests
  2. Updated Source Engine Benchmarks On The Latest AMD/NVIDIA Linux Drivers
  3. Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa 10.3-devel
  4. KVM Benchmarks On Ubuntu 14.10
Latest Linux News
  1. KDE 4.14 Release Candidate Ships
  2. Drivers & Drama Dominated Linux Talk In July
  3. Fedora Assembles A Security Team
  4. AMD Launches The A10-7800, The 65 Watt Kaveri
  5. Builder: A New Development IDE Being Built For GNOME
  6. GDB 7.8 Betters Python Scripting, Adds Guile Support
  7. GNOME's GTK+ Is Still Striving For A Scene Graph, Canvas API
  8. Unreal Tournament Looks Great For Team Deathmatch
  9. LibreOffice 4.3 Released With Many Exciting Changes
  10. GNOME/GTK On Wayland Gains Focus At GUADEC
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  2. Grand Theft Auto Running On Direct3D Natively On Linux Shows Gallium3D Potential
  3. Updated graphics drivers for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise LTS
  4. Linus Torvalds On GCC 4.9: Pure & Utter Crap
  5. Debian + radeonsi
  6. AMD Publishes Open-Source Linux HSA Kernel Driver
  7. Open-source drivers on ATI R7 260X
  8. AMD Athlon 5350 APU On Linux