Screw Ubuntu Software Center. I've been using Ubuntu for a few years now, but who knows for sure if I will forever. I don't want to be tied to a specific distribution. Also, I absolutely do not want proprietary software in my system package manager. That raises another issue though, which is updating. For some people, manually updating games is not a problem. But me, I don't have the time. I just finally got around to updating my Humble Bundle games yesterday. Updating software manually feels so windows XP. Desura solves all of these issues. (Potentially at least, I don't think anyone knows how installations will be handled yet).
Not to mention, there are a ton of FOSS games on Desura too, many with cool mods that can be installed easily. Some people may not have the same needs/wants/desires as I do, but I'm sure many people can agree with at least some of my points. These reasons are why I'm really looking forward to Desura.
Last edited by benmoran; 06-09-2011 at 08:42 AM.
If they manage to present the number of installations + details of the user's hardware to publishers/developers I doubt it won't have any impact at all, if of course the hardware is good enough for actual games. Good gaming hardware equals money, and the will to spend money on entertainment.
Originally Posted by deanjo
I hope for them that they won't limit their collection to native Linux games. They could maintain an actual database of games that are completely - or mostly - playable using wine and even make a deal with the company that's developing crossover.
Last edited by EarthMind; 06-09-2011 at 12:28 PM.
Most package managers allow authenticated access to repositories, so the only thing a frontend like Ubuntu Software Center has to do is take a customer's payment and then add a new repository (with authentication credentials) to the software sources.
Originally Posted by bridgman
Yes. Lots of companies like creating everything themselves from scratch and then keeping a repository updated.
Originally Posted by JanC
Well i shall be interviewing them on www.gamingonlinux.com so keep an eye out, plus send me any interesting questions , will probably pop the first part up in the next few days...
Nothing desura could really do about that. Mabye wayland...
Originally Posted by Micket
Don't forget about getting to do it for every major distribution! Everybody loves that sort of thing. Especially the accountants handling the programmers' pay.
Originally Posted by KameZero