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Canada Computes: Linux offers wealth of entertainment

Jul 23, 2000, 12:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Coe)

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"Linux is serious. Think of all those programmers slaving away over a hot keyboard, all the open-source advocates preaching the virtues of a non-closed source world. There are people like me, writing regular columns on something I deeply believe in and there are the people who run the hundreds of Linux on the Internet. It's a very serious business. But sometimes, just sometimes, the penguin, mascot of Linux, just needs to kick back, chill out and have some fun."

"Of course, it has to be Linux-based fun. Today, let's look at some fun things to do with your computer when you feel the urge to do something completely frivolous."

"One popular myth about Linux is there aren't any games. This is complete nonsense. There are some fantastic games. The first I should mention is Freeciv. This is a completely free game loosely based on popular Civilization and Civ II titles. The reason for abbreviated names is a copyright dispute (I won't bore you with the details). You can play against the computer, or find some friends on the network at work, or over the Internet, where you can take on real people for domination of the world. It's truly fantastic game."

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