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Comment: Re:lol overhyped shit (Score 1) 324

by rfdparker2002 (#39794639) Attached to: Phoronix Confirms GNU/Linux Steam and Source Engine Clients

Even if all The people who play Valve games switched that wouldn't even be 1% of all PC users.

PC users or PC gamers?

If you're talking about all PC users then possibly, sure. But largely thanks to Steam and its ilk, PC gaming has been argued to be growing again.

If you're talking about PC gamers then you must be pretty mistaken, particularly with Valve running Steam today, Valve's own games are a lot larger than that in the PC gaming market.

And the other point? Well quite possibly - I'd think EA and Activision are quite conservative - but then again they can just sit back and see how well Valve does on Linux, and if it does well they'll have a trusted distribution channel via which to dip toes themselves.

In any case having now noticed your username/nick I'm not going to continue replying to your comments, as it seems you've only registered the account to troll.

Comment: Re:lol overhyped shit (Score 1) 324

by rfdparker2002 (#39794187) Attached to: Phoronix Confirms GNU/Linux Steam and Source Engine Clients
But then again it removes another stumbling block for users who might be interested in Linux but want to be able to play game X before they do so, and Valve have a lot of games with strong followings - Team Fortress, Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, to name a few.

So again what'll this be?
* Valve's own pretty damn popular Source and GoldSrc games
* A big bunch of indie games already available for Linux (largely thanks to the Humble Bundles)
* Valve's Steam content distribution platform

And that last part is important - it removes another obstacle for other big (more conservative) game developers/publishers, "Is there a distribution channel I can trust?". That's not to say there aren't plenty of other obstacles to overcome, but once the ball starts rolling... It's Valve's combination of their own great titles and a trusted distribution channel that makes this more encouraging than any other large publisher/developer porting a few popular titles over.

Comment: Re:Talking about Googles proprietary apps.... (Score 1) 118

by rfdparker2002 (#36207776) Attached to: CyanogenMod: the History of an Android Hack
Well actually (unlike Market and Gmail for example) the Contacts and Calender apps are part of the Android Open Source Project, with Google just providing 'Sync Adapters' to sync their data as part of their proprietary 'gapps' package. So this means two things, firstly that these apps will get updates with platform releases (not via Market) - just by the screenshots, they both looker 'nicer' in Honeycomb - and secondly that (as is already done with Contacts in CM) it should presumably be possible for custom ROMs to modify these apps yet still have them be compatible with the Google 'Sync adapters' (of course on the other side of the equation, many apps already provide their own 'Sync adapters', Facebook and Skype being examples).

Comment: Re:Oh my.... (Score 1) 405

by rfdparker2002 (#35456510) Attached to: <em>Doom</em> Creator Says Direct3D Is Now Better Than OpenGL
yes sure a miracle - the chance of more great games/engines being tied to a single vendor's products. Yes OpenGL has issues but if Microsoft really had an interest in having a good cross-platform API, they could surely help move OpenGL forward in appropriate ways rather than putting that effort into developing something else entirely.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 187

by rfdparker2002 (#35271584) Attached to: Motorola Xoom Won't Have Flash Support At Launch
Well as much as I hate DRM (and think it never achieved it's claimed goal anyway), the main reason I've seen Netflix claim they won't make an Android release in the past is something like a lack of a 'universal DRM solution' across Android devices - well if you look at http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-3.0-highlights.html#multimedia - hopefully this 'Pluggable DRM framework' may be what they're looking for. That said, being in the UK, I can't get Netflix anyway, and I don't expect to see LoveFilm bringing its service to mobile devices any time soon.

+ - CyanogenMod 6.0 Released In To The Wild 8

Submitted by Jeagoss
Jeagoss writes: CyanogenMod is the leading open source replacement ROM for Android based phones. With the 6.0 release, a targeted 8 models of phones have been hit with version 2.2 (Froyo) of Google's Android operating system for mobiles. Have a rooted phone? Been wanting a reason for rooting your phone? Head on over to http://www.cyanogenmod.com/ and check out the forums. I think you'll be quite surprised.

Comment: Re:This is the last thing Google needs... (Score 1) 361

by rfdparker2002 (#28328625) Attached to: YouTube, HTML5, and Comparing H.264 With Theora
Probably because Google seem to love HTML5 (look at Wave or their new Android/iPhone web based apps). But certainly they should take the Ogg Theora route, then if it can be pushed back into the HTML5 standard again, we might eventually be able to get Ogg Theora support in IE, and then maybe Ogg Theora and Vorbis support in Windows itself (as MS would probably embed their media player).

+ - Ubuntu Wipes Windows 7 in Benchmarks.->

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twitter writes: "Recent and controversial benchmarks for Windows 7 leave an important question unanswered, "Is it faster than GNU/Linux?" Here, at last, is a benchmark that pits Ubuntu, Vista and Windows 7 against each other on the same modern hardware. From install time to GUI efficiency, Ubuntu beats Windows and is often twice as fast. Where Windows 7 is competitive, the difference is something the average user would not notice. The average GNU/Linux user is now getting better absolute performance from their computer as well as better value than the average Windows user."
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