Either way, it's just hype but if true then that's good. I'll celebrate once they actually release some games I want to play for Linux, but until then I'm as cautious as I am with Epic and UT3. Left 4 Dead looks like it might be sorta good...
http://www.valvesoftware.com/job-SenSoftEngineer.html. The "Port Windows-based games to the Linux platform." can just as easily be for the server side and not the clients. Ryan ports lots of games on the server side only for example. Notice the job description.
Guess qualifications such as openGL knowledge, SDL, etc are not required. That job description screams server-side.Requires two years of experience in systems engineering designing and developing communications software and hardware solutions including resolving problems surrounding real-time and non real time PC- based systems using C++ and network programming algorithms and their interaction with physical devices.
Last edited by deanjo; 11-29-2008 at 02:54 PM.
Source must have OpenGL support, or do you think that Running with Siscors is creating the linux version of Postal 3 with Directx??
OpenGL isn't the only GFX API on the PS3. Sony has a proprietary API, and most of the studios use it (and OpenGL is based up on that API.)
Last edited by deanjo; 11-29-2008 at 03:08 PM.
Oh well, I'll keep hoping for other native Linux games, or at least ones supporting/working with Wine/Cider, like Diablo 3 and Star Craft 2. ^^
I really prefer buying games that are specifically for Linux though or at least where they openly "admit" it lol, like Penumbra: Black Plague. Still need to finish playing that after I upgrade my puter soon. Oh, and that studio (Frictional Games) is working on a completely new Linux game as well right here, so as far as games that I KNOW are for Linux and not just hype or hoping, at least there's that to look forward to, if it's any good that is, and most likely will be fairly decent given the games they've made so far.
Last edited by Yfrwlf; 11-29-2008 at 03:16 PM.
The fact Source is running on PS3 gives hopes for a Linux port. The platform certainly is "closer" to Linux. And Steam does have a Linux client- But it's only for dedicated servers. It connects to the Steam services and downloads games- But there is no GUI. So the pieces are there- It's possible.
But on the other side of the coin, the PS3 port of the Source engine was done by another company. There isn't any reason to believe their changes are merged into the "mainline" code for Source at Valve. Same with Postal 3. There is no doubt the Source engine can run on Linux with a bit of effort. But Valve would have to officially support it before we start seeing Left 4 Dead, Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, or Portal running on Linux.
And it's my opinion that job posting was for Linux dedicated servers. The Source engine has had a lot of growing pains, especially on Linux. The Half-Life 1 engine was always a champ running on Linux, but Source... Not so much. And the reason is probably because they only have 1 dude at Valve (Alfred, as far as I know) really able to dedicate his time to Linux support. It'd make sense they'd want to hire someone else to help out.
Have you guys ever considered the late UT3 linux client release being linked to the (earlier unknown) steam linux client release?