Open Source Gaming Review: Linux Gamers Live DVD 0.9.2
Jul 04, 2007, 03:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Being an avid gamer who loves Linux, I felt that it would be a
good idea to go try out the new Linux-Gamers.net live dvd. This is
a live dvd built on Arch Linux and designed with one purpose in
mind. Gaming. No desktop apps, no office suites, no web browsers.
Nope, nothing but gaming. So I popped the DVD into my test machine
and booted it. Immediately after initial boot I was greeted by a
screen that notified me that it had detected my Nvidia video card
and that no proprietary driver would be installed, although one
would be available later for install should I want to use it.
There's a quick legal explanation of why this is so and goes on to
explain about some open source projects that are working to provide
free Open Source drivers for Nvidia and ATI video cards since
neither company will provide this themselves. There's also a short
blurb to the Linux development and enthusiast communities of Linux
on why they did this. The general claim can be summed up like this.
'If we don't build it, they won't come.' I admit that's a bit of a
rewording of a famous line from the book 'Field of Dreams,' but it
applies very well here..."