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Dear readers, it has arrived!

It is with great pleasure that GoL brings you an exclusive interview with Nicholas Vining and Daniel Jacobsen, members of Gaslamp Games - the creators of the humorous rogue-like dungeon crawler "Dungeons of Dredmor". They have shared their experience about porting to Linux, modding, as well as other opinions about cross-platform gaming. I wish you all pleasant reading, and let me express my sincerest gratitude to Nicholas and Daniel for participating! Cheers!

It's good to hear from a game developer on their views of Linux, no matter how small. Good read for those of you who are, like me, waiting for the day when all games run on Linux in some way with stability and ease.
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Hell, I just wish ISPs would provide mobile (wifi) support for Linux, and that in itself is really annoying!

For instance, you can't use many USB Wifi Devices on Linux because the ISP doesn't provide a driver for the USB Wifi Device for Linux.

There is a solution, albeit a tad bit more expensive one.

Games now, that would be cool, however we are still a long ways from the day when all games port to Linux, indeed I don't ever see that happening, especially considering how Windows is working hard to move all Businesses online, so that they can offer all software "As A Service".

I hate to tell you this, but Linux is a great Server OS, but becoming a Client Side OS is like a fleeting fantasy that Microsoft or Apple will always overcome, even if it is free.
Edited by _GTech - 3/2/12 at 8:00am
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What do ISP's have to do with wi-fi? If you get a popular usb dongle there should be open source drivers for it, and if that does not work you can use an Ethernet port.

I am really impressed with the amount of games supported by Wine. But it is awesome to see that there is still some interest in native gaming on Linux.
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Hell, I just wish ISPs would provide mobile (wifi) support for Linux, and that in itself is really annoying!
For instance, you can't use many USB Wifi Devices on Linux because the ISP doesn't provide a driver for the USB Wifi Device for Linux.
There is a solution, albeit a tad bit more expensive one.
Games now, that would be cool, however we are still a long ways from the day when all games port to Linux, indeed I don't ever see that happening, especially considering how Windows is working hard to move all Businesses online, so that they can offer all software "As A Service".
I hate to tell you this, but Linux is a great Server OS, but becoming a Client Side OS is like a fleeting fantasy that Microsoft or Apple will always overcome, even if it is free.

You will have to give examples of the "MANY" USB WiFi devices you cannot use on Linux.
The ISP has nothing to do with the drivers.
Does your ISP supply you with drivers for the WiFi on your Windows laptop?.....Nope
That is for the device manufacturer to supply, not your ISP [Internet Service Provider] and the Linux community has Open Source drivers for them.
Most of the time you can just plug the device in and the drivers are already there, or click on hardware drivers and it will find them, and you just have to simply click to install them. No hunting them down.

As far as Client side OS...it looks like you have never used Linux, as it is a nice smooth, safe stable OS. With Windows 8 I'm sure many will stick to Windows 7, but some will change to Linux because of its speed and security, and surprise... you are able to change things in Linux to suit your needs/wants.

So please give those "Many" examples of the USB WiFi devices you can't use in Linux.

Now....I am very happy to see the gaming done natively in Linux as I don't care for Wine. This is great work and shows dedication to make things happen in Linux. thumb.gifbiggrin.gif
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It would be great to see more developers develop for Linux. Personally I have never had much luck with wine when it comes to games, even ones that were supposed to be supported. Also with the catastrophe that is Windows 8 I think it could really open the door for an alternate desktop OS, one can dream at least biggrin.gif
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It would be great to see more developers develop for Linux. Personally I have never had much luck with wine when it comes to games, even ones that were supposed to be supported. Also with the catastrophe that is Windows 8 I think it could really open the door for an alternate desktop OS, one can dream at least biggrin.gif

I agree, more native Linux game installers would solve a lot of issues. Couple that with more OpenGL games and Linux would eventually become to 'go to' Operating System.

Wine is tricky to use. Many games work but need to be configured correctly. The good way to do it is to run PlayOnLinux instead of just Wine. It allows you to download and install the necessary files for each individual game just like the way Crossover Games does it. You then run the debugger option so when the game crashes, you get some feedback as to what might have caused it and configure appropriately.

I believe Windows in general to be an abomination, I always have. Granted, Windows 7 works really well, I still hate Windows and the whole 'closed source' nature of it. If you are not gonna fix it, at least allow other people to do so because they will if given the chance.
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OpenGL is pretty much an abomination. For games to work as well as they do with DirectX OpenGL will need to be overhauled and, possibly, rewritten.
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installing games with apt-get is amazing, it makes windows look bad.
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