User space and low FPS, hmmm, nothing to do with it. If a game has native openGL then its fast, otherwise HLSL bytecode to GLSL translation cuts FPS to half. Still Wine's new llvm_shader_compiler will make it up, without the need for any Microsoft D3D libraries. For instabilities and random half a second freezes install a low latency kernel. No problems with updates Wine's or games. Even Ncsoft launcher, even Tera launcher works now with Wine_mono for 10+ Wine versions now, even if some bastards at WineDB say that doesn't work and they suggest Dotnet. As for various DRMs, yes that's the real problem, so drop DRMs.
The guy never expressed any appreciation towards GPL and Linux in particular. The only thing he is good at is coding for money, this is one of the primary reasons id stopped existing since Doom and after carrying undead spirit over to Quake for a few releases it apparently imploded altogether as Adrian, the last member of original id left. Carmack has acknowledged that he released all the engines only for other people to improve them and apparently the Wolfenstein iOS port is a proof of it. So don't get any false ideas, he is just one of many mercenary coders, and with only money as reasoning, it is nothing to wonder about he chooses easier paths to get money easier. Yeah, WINE. You probably expected a good comment from him, because you probably associate him with cutting edge thinking, but don't be surprised. I expected this actually to happen.
It will be great if they'd pour resources into it. There are many good games which don't work normally on Wine and have no native Linux ports. Example: http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=23863
So improving Wine is always welcome. But if they don't plan to contribute resources - there is no point in this "promotional talk".
Its like producing emergency tires instead of original tires. WINE is always meant as a solution to run things if native version is not available - exactly as an emergency tire. It is winapi clone, it is not a real thing.
I just don't understand how he can suggest this, even if he's just interested in money. Actually selling something that uses wine, then you have to support that version as well. No trivial task. It's far from as simple as just saying "just buy the windows version, it should work under wine, we tested it".
In fact, I'm sure that a native port would be easier to support and I'm surprised that Carmack thinks differently.
Is he playing an idiot or something? Their ports were just nightmare compared to Windows releases. Furthermore, one could just patch Windows game to work on Linux and I bet most of the gamers chose this way. Thanks, but I won't ever buy game that uses wine, so no id for me.Quote:
Carmack and others at id Software have expressed that it hasn't been too commercially viable bringing their games native to Linux. Now Carmack is promoting Wine for running Windows game binaries on Linux.