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Ryan "Icculus" Gordon Will Be Talking This Weekend

Gaming

Published on 30 March 2011 11:29 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
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Ryan "Icculus" Gordon, the former Loki Software employee who's single-handedly ported many games to Linux and Mac OS X in the years since, will be talking about gaming on Linux this weekend.

Now that the X.Org Foundation finally discussed at length -- and then approved -- my Chicago XDS proposal, I started today on formally planning this year's X.Org developers' event to take place this September in Chicago. But what's important here in that making contact with several area universities and other Chicago organizations today in finding a suitable venue (there's some promising leads, but if anyone has any ideas, contact me) is that several individuals mentioned Flourish.

Flourish is a Chicago open-source event I previously had not heard of, but it's organized by students at University of Illinois at Chicago. It actually looks quite interesting and kudos to those organizing this free event.

What really caught my attention though on the schedule is that Ryan "Icculus" Gordon will be speaking.

Ryan will be talking about gaming on Linux. "This talk will explore the history of video games on open source platforms, from Zork to First Person Shooters. We will discuss the games, the companies, the players, and which games and business models created an Epic Win."

It's been six years since I last provided a Phoronix interview with Ryan Gordon, so maybe it's time for a new interview.

If anyone has any questions for Ryan, post them in the comments. I haven't yet talked with Ryan, but hopefully he will answer some non-UT3-related (he still won't publicly talk about Unreal Tournament 3 for Linux) questions for those interested. Or maybe he will talk more about the problems with open-source GPU drivers and his distaste for them currently. Regardless of whether he chooses to answer any questions this time, I'll gladly buy him some good beers.

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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 .
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