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Total War: Rome II Will Be Ported To Linux

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Creative Assembly have said to PCGamesN that a port of Total War: Rome II to Linux to support SteamOS gives them no worries.

So strategy fans it looks like quite a beefy title is heading our way! Creative Assembly the team behind the Total War series visited Valve's offices to play with the Steam Controller and talk about SteamOS/Linux, they then spoke to PCGamesN on it all.

QuoteWe’ve certainly got no worries about Linux as a platform, and as you know, we’ve appeared on the SteamOS page, and our intention is absolutely to support the OS.


Hopefully if Rome II goes well for them then they will look at porting their older titles over to Linux as well.

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  • Plan your conquest of the known world in a massive sandbox turn-based campaign mode (supporting additional 2-player cooperative & competitive modes). Conspiracies, politics, intrigue, revolts, loyalty, honour, ambition, betrayal. Your decisions will write your own story.
  • Build vast armies and take to the battlefield in real-time combat mode. Put your tactical skills to the test as you directly control tens of thousands of men clashing in epic land and sea battles.
  • Play for the glory of Rome as one of three families or take command of a huge variety of rival civilisations – each offers a notably different form of gameplay experience with hundreds of unique units from siege engines and heavy cavalry to steel-plated legionaries and barbarian berserkers.
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Xpander 10 Oct, 2013
what i meant by that was that ubuntu is going their own way, specialy with the Mir and its license. So if SteamOS is based on that and games will be released with only Mir support then other distros are doomed, cause of the Mir's license.
Other than that i dont mind either. if they use "Standards" of linux world then it should be no problem for other distros
OZSeaford 10 Oct, 2013
Great news! Definite buy for me if it ever makes it to Linux.
asdf 10 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from Xpanderwhat i meant by that was that ubuntu is going their own way, specialy with the Mir and its license. So if SteamOS is based on that and games will be released with only Mir support then other distros are doomed, cause of the Mir's license.
Other than that i dont mind either. if they use "Standards" of linux world then it should be no problem for other distros
What is the problem with Mir's license? Afaik, it is licensed under the GPL 3.
Guest 10 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from asdfWhat is the problem with Mir's license? Afaik, it is licensed under the GPL 3.

The boy ate too much FUD for his own good. He should use his Google-fu and find the Mir repository. GPL3 and LGPL.
tweakedenigma 10 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from asdfWhat is the problem with Mir's license? Afaik, it is licensed under the GPL 3.


They are talking about Canonical's Contributor Licence Agreement. The previous version of it the Canonical contributor agreement had the owner assigned copyright to Canonical and understandably this annoyed some people. 


However in 2011 changed to the Harmony CLA, this changed the CLA: 


"the contributor gives Canonical a licence to use their contributions. The contributor continues to own the copyright in the contribution, with full rights to re-use, re-distribute, and continue modifying the contributed code, allowing them to also share that contribution with other projects."
Xpander 10 Oct, 2013
so wikipedia is pure lies?

"Longtime Linux kernel developer Matthew Garrett criticized choice of licensing for Canonical's software projects, particularly Mir. Unlike X.Org Server and Wayland, both under MIT License, Mir is licensed under GPLv3 – "an odd one" for "GPLv3-hostile markets" – but contributors are required to sign an agreement that "grants Canonical the right to relicense your contribution under their choice of license. This means that, despite not being the sole copyright holder, Canonical are free to relicense your code under a proprietary license". He concludes that this creates asymmetry where "you end up with a situation that looks awfully like Canonical wanting to squash competition by making it impossible for anyone else to sell modified versions of Canonical's software in the same market".[30][31][32][33] Garrett’s concerns were echoed by Bradley M. Kuhn,[34][35] Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy.[36]"
Guest 10 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from Xpanderso wikipedia is pure lies?

I read it on the internet, therefore it must be true!
Playing Penguin 10 Oct, 2013
OMG! Why would I want this piece of overrated/-hyped crap on Linux? They should fix the huge mountain of bugs first before porting it. No, thank you Creative Assemble! Not on my Linux machine!
tweakedenigma 10 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from Xpanderso wikipedia is pure lies?

"Longtime Linux kernel developer Matthew Garrett criticized choice of licensing for Canonical's software projects, particularly Mir. Unlike X.Org Server and Wayland, both under MIT License, Mir is licensed under GPLv3 – "an odd one" for "GPLv3-hostile markets" – but contributors are required to sign an agreement that "grants Canonical the right to relicense your contribution under their choice of license. This means that, despite not being the sole copyright holder, Canonical are free to relicense your code under a proprietary license". He concludes that this creates asymmetry where "you end up with a situation that looks awfully like Canonical wanting to squash competition by making it impossible for anyone else to sell modified versions of Canonical's software in the same market".[30][31][32][33] Garrett’s concerns were echoed by Bradley M. Kuhn,[34][35] Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy.[36]"

Seeing as both our sources are Wikipedia one of them is clearly wrong. 

**Edit: seems both are correct, just read through the Harmony CLA: 

(a) You retain ownership of the Copyright in Your 
Contribution and have the same rights to use or license the 
Contribution which You would have had without entering 
into the Agreement.

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sublicense such rights through multiple tiers of 
sublicensees, to reproduce, modify, display, perform and 
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Based on the grant of rights in Sections 2.1 and 2.2, if We 
include Your Contribution in a Material, We may license the 
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Hamish 10 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from Anonymousif some games will work in SteamOS and not in other distros, what is the problem? SteamOS will be free, so we can continue with our preferred distro (Ubuntu, Arch, Gentoo, etc...) and install it too

And here I was thinking the reason why people were celebrating was because they no longer felt compelled to dual boot...
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