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i use windows on a daily basis for years and i HATE IT.
i got used to linux at school and thought it was the best thing ever, as soon as Valve gets their linux support out i will make the switch and never ever look back.
If blizzard would follow them and start supporting linux that would be a huge bonus.
+1, 24 years old :D
Edited by Keefmaster#2243 on 7/23/2012 12:23 PM PDT
That's not happening. Stop this useless "petition" - Activion want money. PC market is very low, and only 1% of it is Linux (compare with 15% of Mac OS X).
Valve making Steam-for-Linux because they want to make own console (linux based). Activision has no such plans and definitely won't invest in low-share market with huge usability problems (we all know that ATI's drivers are crap. And opensource drivers (which are not crap, but just slow sometimes) doesn't support newest video cards very well).
Until someone (read: Valve) won't come to that market and drove others to it, so graphics/game controllers (did you ever tried to make force-feedback based joystick work on linux properly?) vendors would be really intersted in making their products usable under linux... That's not happening.
Just play on wine. I'm playing on wine AND with ATI card. It works. Not very well, but works.
P.S. I'm not against people asking for Linux support for a good game, but let's concentrate on making that game "good" one. There is a huge pile of minor and major UI/gameplay/balance problems which need community acknowledgment and enforcing (or blizz will just ignore them), support on linux is latest one. Anyway - we don't need crap game, in such state as it is now, on linux, right?
I always find the economic arguement against linux native games amusing. We dont need to pay for (or pirate) OS and virus checkers for starters xD we have spare change
Everytime i check on the "humble bundle" stats, the linux numbers come close to the mac, and the donations are almost always larger than windows.
Thats not very "scientific" data, but i'm confident that if you go and check it now (and historically), the above will be true.
You could say, in arguement, that the data is skewed for the linux users because its one of the few sources of good native games available. I'd counter that argument by pointing out that that the other OS users make up gamers that want to support indy games. These are all people looking for cool new concepts in games, not casual gamers. 600 000 purchases (bundle 5) is no trivial sample either.
600,000 purchases are nothing for big companies. Many companies abandon PC market because of it's low market share, linux desktop has miserable percent from that market. And far not everyone using linux on desktop are gamers. So, actually, linux is something like 0.005% market share.
And no company will ever trust that "hey, people on Linux are cool, let's place no DRM there". And making DRM or anti-cheat system is harsh, cause anyone may change anything and there is no reliable mechanism for disabling or even tracking this (Well, not actually argument against Blizz - they has no anti-cheat system at all (and cross-platform DRM), but that's argument against normal companies without overhauled greed).
Plus, problems with hardware and graphics. Plus, linux users are used to package managers, so you need to support their packages too, or follow sometimes harsh and misleading packagers policies of what shall be in your package or shall be not (for example, rare distro will accept in it's repo package with bundled so-libs in it).
In other word - there just no infrastructure for highly-commercial games, so unless one big company will step in and made that infrastructure - there will be no one. And no company will put so much effort because of possible 600,000 sells. Valve has bigger plans - they could do it. But they may fail on the road as well. Will see.
And a final argument - most of people who wanted to buy Diablo 3 did that already, and others will probably never buy it regardless of Linux support. So there is no additional sells now.
I too use Linux, BSD and many other operating systems however I can see why so many developers shy away from doing anything meaningful on Linux and BSD, simply put, it's open source, there are so many different variations of forked branches of of Linux that trying to produce a stable blob (all encompassing binary) that has no dependencies other than it must run on certain minimum hardware requirement is increasingly hard to do.
Unlike Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X (Apple Darwin), the kernel in Linux and to some extent BSD is constantly updated and upgraded which will break many applications if they are not updated accordingly. When commercial application developers see this, they see even the most stable long term support releases of Linux and BSD as unworkable, they would spend so much time making sure their game actually worked on those platforms and less time fixing general in game bugs or content (which content is ironically what makes them the money in the first place).
There is another problem in the Linux community and to some extent in BSD as well, the lack of official support from hardware vendors, in which you need hardware acceleration to play some of these games or use applications to their fullest extent. Now, I realize that this is a hot button issue with a lot of people who use Linux and BSD and are getting ticked off that people aren't moving faster in implementing drivers for Linux and BSD but there is that problem with compatibility in terms of drivers per distribution and version.
I know this from the angle of both as a commercial developer's stand-point as well as a developer of both Linux and BSD programmer / developer too, not just a normal user.
As strange as this sounds, I've actually asked the guys that handle the kernel.org Linux kernel repositories and all the major players in the Linux and BSD communities to come together in a large conference, although I haven't heard back from them as of yet. The purpose, is to close the source of Linux and only allow certain people access to it, bearing in mind that there are over eight thousand branched forks of Linux out there, I wanted to establish working groups for all the major Linux distros, certain people work on drivers only, some work on the scheduler in the kernel, etc. The idea is to make the existing distributions work together rather than be a bit different with each other, sure it's fine to have different looking GUIs, I don't have problems with that, it's the underlying O.S. which concerns me the most. I want to make it so it's easier to develop for Linux as a whole, make it so each Linux uses a standard of dependency libraries, etc. When things are standardized, creating the drivers for the systems believe it or not is a lot easier.
Now, just because I want the source code to be closed, doesn't make it any less safe, or make it so it's a non-free of charge product, it can still be free, just looking at ways to make the community come together as a whole and to make it more user and newbie friendly.
That's the one thing Apple has done well, Apple Darwin is a forked branch of FreeBSD as is NeXTStep / OpenStep, is make it easy to work with and to develop for. Currently, there are only 2 active Darwin alternatives, Pure Darwin and NetDarwin (closed project, not available to download from the Internet right now).
I wanted to have the Linux developers step in Apple's direction in terms of code convergence and make an attempt to deliver better security by default than Apple.
For those of you that say you don't need a security suite, let alone a firewall running on Linux, well, that would be wrong to assume that. There are viruses and trojans that can cross infect both OS X and Linux distros, they're on the Internet too.
You would probably say that's crazy to have everyone come together but honestly if each major organization specialized in a type of Linux meant for say Corporate Desktop and Servers for big data, then Red Hat Enterprise Linux has you covered in that area.
If you need high availability servers, high compatibility, decent server software and good support for desktops in a medium to large company, Canonical has you covered with Ubuntu.
If you are power user and are a bit anal about what packages gets installed on your computer when installing Linux, then Slackware is your distro.
If you don't want to screw with anything and make everything work with the correct drivers from installation, then PCLinuxOS is the Linux distro for you.
There are so many different uses for Linux and different skill levels using it so by having different distros focusing in on different aspects of the market share, that's good.
But getting all the applications to work on kernel that are often times edited or reworked by the distro's authors can wreak havoc when you try to support all the different version of Linux out there.
If you want the these games to run natively, don't beg, demand that all of these companies and organizations work together in lock-step, so that games like Diablo III can be implemented not too long after everyone is in agreement and goes forward with this initiative.
+1 I am migrating to Linux permanently soon... have tried it for several months and have gotten most of my games, applications, and emulators moved over and the ones I couldn't, oh well. Fed up with Microsoft and Apple has always sucked. Plenty of other companies to support that offer Linux games and software.
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