Coreboot is hard to test on real hardware these days. The sample implementations for newer boards are only for evaluation boards which you can not buy. Ok, you could search some 2nd hand ones to play with it or just use qemu/kvm. I would really like to test it as you could even use linux as payload (or maybe grub). In theory uefi would be enough as well, in theory because current boards are too slow with POST. One interesting spec for W8 systems is that POST may not be longer than 2s. I really want to have got such a board because current retail boards are more around 10s for POST.
The ones that consider that a windows binary wrapped around in WINE is a good idea, you are delusional .
I use WINE for many years (and contributed to bug reports) and no matter the great progresses, it will be ALWAYS a crouch.
There clearly performance issues that will NEVER be solved, compatibility issues, installation issues, audio issues, and graphical issues....
I NEVER saw a game (except maybe really old) that perform same EXACT way than in Windows.
WINE is a good option....as in :last resort to play a game in LINUX.
Any dev to go with it to make a Linux "compatible" game is doomed to fail as for sales goes.
More or less my thoughts on WINE too. You are basically emulating parts of Windows, so there is a performance penalty that you will have to deal with. Its also impossible to create a DX wrapper, due to its tight integration with Windows. Only real way to make Linux ports is to convince devs to switch back to OpenGL, which they will not do until there is evidence that Linux users are willing to pay for closed source software.
Prove they can make money, and developers will flock to linux. Problem is, theres currently no proof that spending the time to make linux ports is financially viable.
"Whether you're a Linux gamer or not, it's to everyone's benefit that Valve's striking Linux work is steaming with greatness. Without the very best developers the Valve Linux cabal could be left for dead or ricocheting through a portal that has a half-life that is too short to make everything a reality."
Wow, the pun laden goodness of that last paragraph was staggering.
On-topic, I think Valve would do well to focus on a their own distro, something with their name on it, and focus all their efforts on the "Valve-Linux OS", whereby all other Linux distributions will benefit. This would give them a little more control over the OS environment and help them define standards for others to follow. Most importantly, it would create all manner of media buzz and help get people excited about Linux in a new way, something that would benefit all Linux users and give them more sway with companies like Intel or AMD. Sometimes the media buzz alone has enough value to effect change.
Last edited by Novan Leon; 07-23-2012 at 12:03 PM.
Reason: Grammar, phrasing.