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  • #41
    The biggest issue with gaming on linux for most people is the hassle. very few people want to dual boot their PC just to play multiplayer, when linux doesn't actually add anything for the vast majority of people. in the end an OS is just the engine in the car. and the vast majority of people couldn't care less what they run so long as they

    A. Don't have to re-learn everything. (Why win 8 was such a faliure but 8.1 wasn't)
    B. Just works with all the stuff they want to Be Able to do. Yes a lot of people do not play multiplayer games. HOWEVER very few people want to migrate to a system where they are told they CANNOT play the more popular multiplayer games, EVEN if they don't play them. for most people its a downgrade from something they didn't even pay for in the first place. (Or so they think anyway)

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    • #42
      Originally posted by Citan View Post

      He's actually right on that though. Linux is free software in essence, and the notion of free software itself is intrisically incompatible with restrictions whether legal or technical.
      However, I agree with you that "opening up" a bit the ecosystem was a necessary evil.
      It does not prevent those who want to stay faithful to original paradigm to respect it (there are distributions for that ^^), but for regular people who are less concerned with ethics and more about getting a quality tool it really helped grow Linux userbase (even if 90% of new users don't know jack about it so can hardly contribute technically) and as such bring interest from software and hardware developers.
      Closed source is not "unethical" and open source is not about "ethics". It is just a different paradigm of software development. There is absolutely no reason to be restricted to one over the other, they can coexist and there is nothing wrong about that.

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      • #43
        Originally posted by TemplarGR View Post

        Closed source is not "unethical" and open source is not about "ethics". It is just a different paradigm of software development. There is absolutely no reason to be restricted to one over the other, they can coexist and there is nothing wrong about that.
        You're right about the bolded part, sadly hundred percent wrong on the rest.

        A choice of licence defines a legally binding contract between author and users. How you authorize people to use your work derives from goals and expectations that are representative of your values and how you view the world, so, ethics.

        Choosing a free software licence like GPL instead of an open source licence like MIT displays a very different ethics framework.

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