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Linux desktop market share hit an all time high in July, according to one measure
6 August 2017 at 4:36 pm UTC

melkemindThe last step would be to get some first releases or timed exclusives, if you prefer. A company like Valve would have to step up and make that happen. If great games start dropping on Linux first and run better on Linux, PC gamers will switch.
This is a nice dream, but it will not happen with any major game release.

The fact is that development is quite expensive. Even a company like valve which has done a lot to support linux will not drop a linux exclusive, timed or not. After spending a lot of money on development, every big company is going to put it for sale where it gets the most return on their investment. With roughly 90% of the desktop market on windows, that will be their initial target.

While on consoles, some of them do get exclusives despite not being the most popular console, this happens because they have a hardware company behind it paying for the exclusive release. There is no company that has a vested interest in linux to the point that bringing exclusive releases to linux would result in a net gain through hardware sales. (or any other positive investment return.) Sadly, the reverse is true, Microsoft has a vested interest in Windows to the point that if their market share started to erode, it would make financial sense to pay for exclusives to stop any market erosion.

Theoretically, I suppose some type of crowd funding effort could be made to pay for a linux exclusive, however, what would be the real point? IMO, this would just be a waste of money, because 6 months later the dev will port it to the other platforms. It would need to be a constant stream of titles to make a difference, and I doubt the linux community would want to keep paying for this effort, especially considering if it actually made a difference, Microsoft would start doing the same to keep its share and their ability and willingness to spend money in support of their platform far exceeds the linux community.

An indie developer might give a few timed exclusives to linux first, especially with the number of developers that actually use linux. However, being indies, they do not have the reach or the marketing power to make a huge difference.

Linux desktop market share hit an all time high in July, according to one measure
3 August 2017 at 6:15 pm UTC

BlackBloodRumNot bad.. bu when you click "source of the data"

You get to this website.. https://www.truestats.com/?source=nmsHome - it reminds me why I do so much to block advertising / tracking in my browser!

I generally do not use an ad-blocker, only a script blocker. So the old fairly non-invasive ads can get through (which sadly is very few)

However, unless you change your browser user agent string, people can tell your OS without javascript. Your user agent string is sent with every page request and includes your current browser, OS, and versions.

My UA string is: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/56.0.2950.0 Iron Safari/537.36

I use the Iron browser(based off of chrome/chromnium and data isn't sent back to google.) Most of the other browser type strings are there for compatibility reasons. Of course linux is the "(X11; Linux x86_64)".

...and now updating Iron after I realized I had an older version when I pasted the string.

Linux desktop market share hit an all time high in July, according to one measure
3 August 2017 at 2:33 pm UTC Likes: 3

Sadly, It appears that our growth is at the expense of Apple... not Microsoft.

While I have no love for Apple, a healthy market would be showing a decline for the windows monopoly.

Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn will allow you to play as a customized robotic civilization
3 August 2017 at 2:28 pm UTC Likes: 2

I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords

SimAirport, an airport design and management game is looking for Linux testers
2 August 2017 at 1:48 pm UTC

Alas, I just noticed this article now, and they no longer need testers.

At least the good news is that they had overwhelming response.

The Sid Meier's Civilization VI 'Summer 2017 Update' and Nubia content are out, Linux support 'soon'
28 July 2017 at 7:22 am UTC

Steam also has Civ VI on sale for 33% off through the weekend.

Factorio 0.15 is out with Uranium & Nuclear power and plenty more
27 July 2017 at 4:49 pm UTC

Factorio is one of my favorite games... 427 hours and counting according to our steam overlords... And I only bought it in late 2016.

I have been playing the 0.15 beta tree since it was released and I have around 100 hours just in 0.15 and it is quite stable, I have not had any crashes at all.

They added a lot of map and game configurations with the latest builds. They now have a half-dozen (roughly) presets for starting the game. You can control resource amounts, start area size, biter (enemy) growth, and science cost. You can also specify a marathon mode where everything is much more expensive to build.

If you like building/architect games grab it now and watch all hopes of a life away from the computer vanish.

Thursday Madness, a quick look at some good Linux gaming deals
20 July 2017 at 9:05 pm UTC

artvandelay440I'll mention it here as well- Shadow Warrior is currently free on the Humble store, redeemable via Steam key. https://www.humblebundle.com/store/shadow-warrior-special-edition

Thanks for the tip... I grabbed my copy.

I also noticed that the Humble Store also has Race Online on sale for 50% off ($6-US) Has anyone played this? is it good?, it has mixed reviews on Steam.

Total War: WARHAMMER Norsca DLC set to raid Linux before too long
20 July 2017 at 9:00 pm UTC

Its also 10% off in the Humble Store... 19% if you have the Humble Monthly discount.

OpenRCT2, the open source RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 game engine has another update
19 July 2017 at 6:00 pm UTC

Wow, I need to go and get this...

RCT and RCT2 were always some of my favorites. I don't remember playing either since I fully transitioned to linux about 9 or 10 years ago.

Luckily, I double checked my GOG account and both RCT Deluxe and RCT2 Triple threat pack are already in my account.

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