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MGON.com: Linux with Loki [Interview with Scott Draeker]

Oct 31, 2000, 00:43 (8 Talkback[s])

"MGON: John Carmack recently commented that sales of Linux Q3 had not been high as he had thought. How are Sales of Loki titles are going?"

"Scott: We're a privately-owned company, so don't discuss sales figures. With regard to Quake and Carmack's comments, we would point out that there are a significant number of users playing the Linux version, but most of them bought the Windows version."

"To continue our sales growth, we're working hard to flesh out our distribution channels in the States and overseas. And we plan to offer more titles in the future that are released soon after (or simultaneously with) the Windows versions, so that our customers can choose to support Linux without losing valuable gaming time. We're currently working on three games that are still in development for Windows -- Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns, Deus Ex, and Tribes 2."

"MGON: When porting the titles, Are Loki biased towards any particular Distribution of Linux?"

"Scott: We spend a significant amount of development time ensuring that our games work properly with all major distributions."

"We are starting to see problems with new versions of the distributions coming out this fall. At this stage our recommendation would be that whatever you are using is fine, but you might want to hold off on upgrading...."

"MGON: Are there any other alternative OS's that loki will consider developing for, or see as viable for use as a games platform?"

"Scott: We are now working with the FreeBSD folks to make sure their Linux compatibility libraries support our games. Nearly all of our products are now compatible with FreeBSD."

"We also offer PPC versions of several of our games (including Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition and Heroes of Might and Magic), Alpha versions of Civilization: Call to Power and Eric's Ultimate Solitaire, and a Sparc version of Eric's Ultimate Solitaire."

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