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The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era 199

Posted by Soulskill
from the penguins-learning-to-rocket-jump dept.
An anonymous reader writes: It's been over a year since Valve announced its Linux-based SteamOS, the biggest push yet from a huge company to bring mainstream gaming to Linux. In this article, Ars Technica takes a look at how their efforts are panning out. Game developers say making Linux ports has gotten dramatically easier: "There are great games shipping for Linux from development teams with no Linux expertise. They hit the 'export to Linux' button in the Unity editor and shipped it and it worked out alright. We didn't get flying cars, but the future is turning out OK so far."

Hardware drivers are still a problem, getting in the way of potential performance gains due to Linux's overall smaller resource footprint than Windows. And while the platform is growing, it's doing so slowly. Major publishers are still hesitant to devote time to Linux, and Valve is taking their time building for it. Their Steam Machine hardware is still in development, and some of their key features are being adopted by other gaming giants, like Microsoft. Still, Valve is sticking with it, and that's huge. It gives developers faith that they can work on supporting Linux without fear that the industry will re-fragment before their game is done.

Comment: Re:Sticker shock of a new computer (Score 1) 307

by Petersko (#48928111) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

It would be rather ridiculous for some fully formed adult to have arrived at completely divesting themselves of any computer, and adopting an tablet, only to be surprised at the limitations. And if they manage that, they deserve to have sticker shock.

Most people would go the path of finding their computer used less and less. Only the ones who can truly get by with a tablet would go the final step.

Comment: I'm on my third. (Score 1) 307

by Petersko (#48925825) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

I skip each second generation. My mom has my last one, my nephew has my original one. I'm on a three and a half hour bus ride two days a week as I work with teams in two cities, and I love having my iPad. On Sunday night I watched "Princess Mononoke", played scrabble, briefed myself on project materials, laid out some slides for the CIO, and listened to Quirks and Quarks. When I got to the hotel I hijacked HDMI from the back of the hotel tv box, and watched Guardians of the Galaxy. Then I used Microsoft's excellent IOS RDP client to do some work I needed Windows for. I use the RSA software fob and Cisco AnyConnect to get on the corporate network. In short, my iPad meets nearly all of my regular needs. The only thing I wish is that iOS browsers were better supported by Confluence.

Comment: Hey! Poster! Leave that kid alone! (Score 1) 349

by Petersko (#48696383) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

Leave that person their construct that allows them to believe as they like - you know, the cartoon-like image of big business lighting cigars with $100 bills while Uncle Sam pats them on the back. All of the companies must be incompetent. I mean, it couldn't be because running airlines in America is actually difficult, could it? Or that flights in America tend to be longer and therefore costlier?

No, no. Corporate greed must be it!

Comment: And Still the Business Gets Done (Score 1) 552

by Petersko (#48677709) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

I was a developer for 15 years. My talent is in G2, making me tough to replace. I made the switch to leadership 3 years ago. I've watched the company undergo a disastrous reorganization and outsourcing attempt this past year. I saw my very best programmers opt out and seek employment elsewhere.

And somehow, some way, business is still getting done. Even with the relatively mediocre staff who remain, we're meeting the clients' needs. We're struggling with the 2 percent of our applications that need strong logistics and optimization people, but we'll get it under control.

Very few businesses need great programmers, and they only need them for very narrow slices of their organizational needs. For most things, average is sufficient, especially if your business is not producing software.

Comment: It is NOT hard to find quality apps. (Score 1) 229

by Petersko (#48145529) Attached to: The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

You just need to start with a need and a purpose, rather than blindly scanning the horizon for some reason to justify the cost of your phone.

I need an for X reason... I google "best app for X of 2014", pick a reasonable site, and usually I do just fine.

Seriously? You just browse categories at random?

Comment: Youth and Homeopathy (Score 4, Insightful) 408

I spent my youth on homeopathy w/o any major issues, and now that i'm sick, neither homeopathy nor commercial medicine are much help

For most people their youth is generally spent without major health issues. Attributing that to homeopathy is rather unnecessary.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.