The Most Significant Linux Gaming Milestones Of 2014
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 27 December 2014 at 06:09 AM EST. 10 Comments
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This year was huge for Linux gamers with titles like Civilization: Beyond Earth, Metro Redux, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive seeing native Linux game releases. There were also new milestones reached for SteamOS, Linux drivers for better handling OpenGL games, etc. Here's a look at the most popular Linux gaming 2014 milestones along with a call for feedback for what you view as most significant to Linux gaming this year.

With our hundreds of Linux gaming news related stories in 2014 with this now being our tenth year of covering Linux gaming on Phoronix.com, here's a look at the most viewed gaming news stories:

Valve Is Making All Their Games Free To Debian Developers
Valve will be making all of their games -- past, present, and future -- available for free to Debian Linux developers.

A New Open-Source Game Engine Being Released
A very promising game engine that's been in development for several years and has already been ported to multiple platforms plus the popular game consoles is set to be out under as open-source in the coming weeks. This game engine has a feature-set similar to Unity and has been developed from scratch, including the various libraries commonly needed by game engines. Read on more in this Phoronix exclusive.

Valve's VOGL Debugger To Be Completely Open-Source
Valve's VOGL OpenGL debugger/tracer for Linux will be completely open-source and they will welcome community contributions to this tool aimed at Linux game developers.

The Quality Of The Witcher 2 Linux Port Is Upsetting Many Gamers
Yesterday marked the release of The Witcher 2 Officially Released For Linux for Linux gamers. This is the first time The Witcher is coming to Linux, but sadly the quality of the port leaves a lot to be desired.

Valve's VOGL OpenGL Debugger Should Be Great
As a follow-up to Steam Dev Days Is Off To A Great Start, Valve's new OpenGL debugger is looking great! Here's some more details.

A Developer's Perspective On Porting Games To Linux
Leszek Godlewski, the former developer at The Farm 51 who has ported games like Painkiller Hell and Damnation and Deadfall Adventures to Linux / SteamOS, has given another presentation on porting games to Linux.

SteamOS Didn't Use Ubuntu Over Legal Issues
Last month when SteamOS was publicly made available in beta form there were many surprised that Valve based their Linux distribution off Debian rather than Ubuntu, which they had been heavily promoting up to this point for Linux gaming. There was some speculation why Valve went with Debian, but Gabe Newell has now confirmed the reasoning for not basing their operating system off Ubuntu.

Valve's Gabe Newell Makes New Linux Comments
Valve's Gabe Newell did a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" where several Linux questions were posed.

Steam Dev Days Is Off To A Great Start
Kicked off this morning in Seattle was Valve's first Steam Dev Days conference where they were pushing their Steam Machines and Linux-based SteamOS agenda, OpenGL/Linux gaming, VR, and other hot topics.

Open-Source RPG Projects Worth Mentioning
Earlier this week on Phoronix I noted the new release of the GNU RPG Engine. To no surprise given its very rudimentary feature-set for a game engine in 2014, it was laughed at by many Phoronix readers and several were appalled it is even a GNU project.

What did you find to be most important for Linux gaming in 2014? Was 2014 the Year of Linux Gaming? What are you looking for most out of Linux gaming in 2015? Be share to comment on this article in the forums to share your thoughts.
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