davemc wrote:The "middle", in this case, would be for Gaming Companies to port thier stuff over to Linux so that they can run natively.
certainly that would be ideal!
I have a feeling that it could happen more often than it does. Darwinia was ported which (this is a guess) seems to run off of the Half life engine. From portage you can also download the source for the engine for unreal, doom, and quake. That's a great step!
(Now I just need to dump this glitchy Radeon 8500 LE, that locks up after 10 minutes of 3D acceleration.)
This could conceivably become reality some day if, and only if, Linux desktop market share booms and the demand for Linux ported games greatly increases.
Yeah, Linux users will have to pay though, I question how many are willing too, if they are complaining about having to pay for cedega. (maybe the cedega developers could work together with a distro, to create an optimized distro for windows gaming?)
Until that utopian time occurs, we are stuck with Cedega, wine, and Crossover. Try wine first, (wine game.exe)
I've tried wine, and it works for some things. Under Kubuntu, where I couldn't get the DRI to work for the above card, Railroad Tycoon 3 ran at 1 - 3 fps. (perhaps not the best example given my driver setup.)
and if it doesnt work without major tweaking required, it simply doesnt work, or is beyond the scope of the average person to fix, so Cedega it is. FOSS, Open Source, whatever you wish to call it -- its all great, and im totally for it, but im a realist, just as Linus Torvalds is as well, and so as our beloved leader in the Linux world has declared "I am not against proprietary software, nor do I take any issue with it, if that is the only option left to get the solution that is required".
I agree with Linus, he's far more pragmatic than Stallman. The only distro, besides this one that works great with 3D and multimedia is Mepis. And it's for the same reason. They don't let the politics get in the way of the end user enjoyment of the system. If the user cares about the licensing issues, they'll choose a distro that only uses open standards.