1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

id Software Consolidates Open-Source Code

Gaming

Published on 31 January 2012 09:39 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
3 Comments

While id Software may have recently lost its main Linux game developer (Timothee Bessett), they haven't abandoned their open-source ways. This afternoon John Carmack had an interesting tweet.

John Carmack, the well-known co-founder of id Software and a fan of open-source and Linux, had to say on Twitter, "All of the Id open source releases are now on github: github.com/id-Software"

It doesn't look like id Software has dropped (or otherwise revised) any new major code, but rather they have consolidated all of their open-source efforts on GitHub. Hosted from this GitHub area is now the source-code for Wolfenstein 3D for Apple iOS, DOOM Classic for iOS, the original Quake GPL, the original DOOM, Quake-Tools, idsetup, Quake-2-Tools, GtkRadient, the Doom 3 GPL release, Enemy Territory, Return to Castle Wolfenstein Multiplayer GPL, Return to Castle Wolfenstein Single-player GPL, Quake 3, and Quake III Area. Each of these titles have their own Git repository on GitHub.

What made this somewhat interesting was to see who pushed the code now that Timothee Bessett is no longer with id Software. After all, it was Timothee Bessett who handled the Doom 3 source-code release (along with other games) while being their "Linux guy." The id Software developer that consolidated all of these code-bases onto GitHub was not John Carmack but Travis Bradshaw.

Travis Bradshaw appears to be an id Software employee since 2010 that's a programmer who mostly appears to be working on id Software's infrastructure. However, this does include "comprehensive package management with Ubuntu GNU/Linux" and "Administrated development, testing, and production environments with several dozen VServer based containers running Debian GNU/Linux."

Unfortunately it doesn't look like Bradshaw is the Linux game porting specialist to replace TTimo, but I've reached out to him for comments. The most pressing question now is the state of the Rage (id Tech 5) Linux client.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. GeForce GTX 750 Series: Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux Driver Performance
  2. GLAMOR + RadeonSI 2D Acceleration Is Quite Good For Open-Source AMD 2D Performance
  3. AMD Radeon R9 290 OpenGL On Ubuntu 15.04: Catalyst vs. RadeonSI Gallium3D
  4. Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source
  5. Ubuntu 15.04 Brings Some Graphics Performance Improvements For Intel Haswell
  6. Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly
Latest Linux News
  1. The Unity 8 Items Being Worked On For The Ubuntu Desktop
  2. Fresh, 5-Way Linux Distribution Benchmarks On Amazon's EC2 Cloud
  3. OpenGL 4.1 Extension Implemented For Intel Mesa Sandy Bridge
  4. Xubuntu Team Announces "Xubuntu Core"
  5. Many Ubuntu Phone Updates Are Coming Up Soon
  6. Nouveau Lands GL_AMD_Performance_Monitor Support
  7. Deb-Based Ubuntu Will Continue To Be Offered For The Foreseeable Future
  8. Linux Game Publishing Remains Down For The Count
  9. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Beta Released
  10. Keeping The Humidity Out Of The Basement Linux Server Room
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. Trying Out Microsoft Visual Studio Code On Linux
  2. Microsoft Releases New Code IDE For Linux!
  3. Improvements On The Way For GNOME's Nautilus File Manager
  4. A Lot Of Improvements Are Coming For Mir 0.13, Including Work Towards Libinput
  5. Kodi 15.0 Beta 1 Released
  6. Wayland 1.8 Alpha Release Delayed
  7. Mono 4.0 Makes Use Of Microsoft's Open-Source Code, C# 6.0
  8. Lucid Sleep Support Is Being Worked On For The Upstream Linux Kernel