IBM's Bob Sutor Questions Linux Gaming
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming on 21 January 2010 at 07:53 AM EST. 63 Comments
Bob Sutor, who has served at IBM in one position or another since 1982 but currently holds the title of VP of Open Source and Linux after serving as the VP of Open Source and Standards, has decided to share his thoughts on Linux gaming. Dr. Sutor had drove IBM's adoption of the ODF document format and has many other open-source wins for the company, but on his blog he now begs the question will video games make desktop Linux into a killer consumer platform?

IBM's open-source expert isn't too positive about the possibility of Linux stealing the gaming market-share from Microsoft while at the same time Windows is losing games to the various console platforms. Sutor ended with, "I am by no means advocating against doing really cool games on Linux and using open source to advance the state of the art in games and all they entail, such as artificial intelligence, extendability, multiple players, and so on. Do it! But do it because you want to, because it motivates you, and you think the people who play your games will have a great time. I doubt there is a huge fortune to be made, and that is certainly ok too, but do be realistic."

Last night Sutor then shared numerous Linux gaming links about some of the best games for Linux along with others that are open-source. Some of the great Linux games out there include Nexuiz, Alien Arena, ET: Quake Wars, and soon we should have some Unigine-based titles available along with many others.

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