Re: davemc ?
WinXP is just now to the point that it can be considered at least usable. If you have never gotten a BSOD and you use a system heavyly, it's a wonder to me. I've installed XP over 500 times at work and am very familiar with it's failures over the years. The reason I keep a copy installed on my own puter, is for gaming, otherwise it's a piece O shit!
Vista??? mwa.. ha.. ha.. Excuse me but it's business as usual in Redmond! An OS that matches Steve "Monkey Man" Balmer's and Bil Gates ignorance of the fact they don't own the world of innovation! They were so focused on their delusional grandeur while developing it they neglected to make a very useful and simple operating system. It's turning out to be more like the ordinary man behind the Wizard of OZ curtain. More of a fake Foie Gras (with more duck than goose) than a real new OS!!!
DRM and Ignorance rule Microcrap's very existence! But their luck always seems to put them in the right place at the right time to take advantage of the dis-com-bobu-lation and lack of unity in the Open Source Community. OpenGL once ruled everything graphical including games with better memory management and faster frame rates (still does, more on that to follow) than the lame newcomer DX API! Then the GPU company's themselves got involved and put features into it that only benefited their own cards. Instead of co-operating with each other on a true shared open standard.
Much like the Linux Community itself with so much in house bickering and fragmentation that M$'s inferior DX technology has gotten an upper hand. Linux with 50,000 different ways of doing things and no one wanting to agree on anything, M$ and it's two very inferior products emerged on top without ever firing a shot. The Open Source community was too busy shooting themselves in the foot over both Linux and OpenGL to run games!!!
In recent years there has been some great changes in regards to this and some influential Open Source endeavors have made some monumental strides. By blending the technologies into one single Open Standard with the objective to also make money! We all must make money to live! Firefox and Google are prime examples of taking Open Source Models and turning them into money makers. SuSE and RedHat have shown that money can indeed be made in the Open Source community driven business model.
OpenGL technologies are again scaling the mountain in a unified force, under the newly formed Khronos Group. Doing some things that the family of technologies have never done before, that will revolutionize gaming and multi-media entertainment beyond anything M$ or DX have even thought of. And that's finish up on 4 incredible releases in less that two years, that go beyond anything even DX10 has to offer (when it finally gets out)! With version 2.0 released, SGI turned OpenGL over to Khronos Group and then v2.2 released end of last year. We now have v2.5 and v3.0 due out this year with new Multi-platform and Multi-company centered development at it's very heart. With literally every company besides Microcrap, including Nvidia, AMD/ATI, Sony, IBM, Motorola, etc. etc. etc.!!!
The new technologies are staggering and include the new Multi-core Open Source Development Platform, RapidMind! With a new programing language that works for any single/multi-core GPU or CPU chip, called SH. Nvidia and Microsoft's jointly developed Cg language was doing good but as with all closed source proprietary API and languages it won't run on an ATI card or any other brand. Now with SH language development carried by "CTM" (Close To Metal)(bypassing the OS, running directly on the hardware), we have the next generation of game development with some absolutely phenomenal OpenGL games in our future. All games become capable of running on any OS or platform without so called recoding a port!! It's all just C++ stuff generated and automated to run on the fly with these tools!!!
Just one thing is holding it all back. That one thing is another big bullish brute pushing their way into the Open Source World for their own gain (maybe). Sony! With so much good going on behind the scenes for them, their Monster Corporate Clumsiness (if not channeled out to the Open Source gaming world), could bring all of the gains made by the community at large, the last few years, to a screeching halt.
On PS2 they had well over 16,000 game titles worldwide (easily tops for any single platform). With only a handful of those ported to PC and all the ports were to Windows machines. Now with the PS3 they have jumped lock, stock and barrel into the Open Source Community. But the big question is "Are They Willing To Share"??? Or are they merely face value members of the Open Source Community???
Only time will tell!!! But the Community at large are poised to bring some exciting and creative developments out with Linux in about every facet of equipment systems . Linux is not only growing on PC's but Cell Phones, Servers, Game Consoles and the tools they're all using are more innovative and progressive than we've ever seen before on any platform! Hopefully Sony themselves will begin porting their own developed games, first to Linux then to other operating systems.
I for one would love to play games like "God of War", "Lair", "Heavenly Sword", "MGS4", "Final Fantasy XIII", "Motorstorm", and others on Open Source Linux. ....And even better, MAKE THAT Sabayon Linux!!!