I've read through many of these comments, and alas, I've not read one true shread of comment that accurately describes my position, and thus, I see the need for my comment.
First, some back story... I was an avid windows user, but liked the ideas of linux, and how it worked; people working for free because they want the best product possible, and thus, the very person making your programs, is the very person looking to use the product, as opposed to the possibility in the market of, "Oh... I don't WANT to write this code, when am _I_ going to use it?" Anyways, I digress. So, there I was a windows user like no other, I had linux installed more as, "eh... something to play with in my bored hours" But that all changed one fretful night in Albuquerque, in a hot room ducked in the recesses of the Convention Center attending a GAMMAthon (gaming group for Albuquerque, good people, I like 'em)
Me and my fellow friends drove 3 hours up to Albuquerque (not counting time spent collecting people up, and assuming good time; one driver got a ticket on the way) Anyways, one person had his computer essentially refuse to work, my dear friend Lyle had his fan for his GeForce pop off again, so he was frustrated, I had another friend who couldn't play StarCraft, because there were too many people examining his harddrive through his shared drive... and amoung all my friends having the most annoyed time in their life... there was I... I was trying to install Half-Life so I could play Counter-strike <PLUG TYPE="Shameless">oh god, I love CounterStrike...</PLUG> Well, little did I know at the begining, that before the night was over, I would have installed Half-life a number of times, sufficient to memorize the install key, WITHOUT TRYING... *sigh* Well, after all was said and done; I breathed a sigh of relief after it was all over, and I decided, that "If Windows ain't gonna work... I'm gonna try only Linux!" and since then, I've had Linux, and ONLY linux on my real machine... (Don't get me wrong, I have a VMWare version of Windows running, but we can all attest that it's insufficient for running games, and also insufficient for doing much of anything, but alas, I've yet to find a Quicktime player that actually works on the new Final Fantasy trailer which I've now become quite addicted to <PLUG TYPE="Shameless">MMMmmm... Final Fantasy the movie...</PLUG>
Well, anyways, I now have Linux and ONLY Linux running on my machine; with Wine installed so I can run StarCraft... Through Loki Games, I've found Quake3, UT, and Myth II (a new game my LAN group is wanting to play) and might I say, I'm very happy at all of them. I bought Q3A on my way home from GAMMAthon, and I had a friend buy me Myth II as a Christmas present (we randomly found the Linux version at a Hastings) and I'm running the free binaries for UT with my friends data (yes, yes, no money to Loki there, but hold your horses) I'm just now going to register Myth II, and actually complain that I didn't get a CD key for Q3A (is this a common problem?) and once they release their GOTY version of UT, I'm ordering that special priority. I may even order SimCity 3000, and Descent III (I have a win32 copy of the later, but with incompatible data files, I need the linux version... wonder if they give discounts for "upgrading")
This long rant all boils down to a) I don't reboot to windows, because I don't HAVE windows on my machine (I may for a short time until a DVD player for Linux comes out compatible with my drive... perhaps I should complain to the company) and b) I don't EVER intend to run windows again on my machine, because as much as you can say that windows provides a supperior gaming environment to Linux, the fact remains that Linux is far supperior in stability than Windows (I'm sure I don't have to harp on this matter, but for the records, while I had few problems with Windows, I have even less now, even including trying to get XXXxxx game running on WINE or whatever) and c) I'm going to do everything possible in my capacity as a consumer to let Loki Games (and other commerical companies) that I'm very willing to support the Linux Gaming cause, because I don't want to be FORCED to use Windows in any way, shape, or form. PERIOD. I want my alternative, and I want it now!
Now, I apologize for the long rant, but this point, I felt, had to be made, and I'm willing to make myself a target, by standing on my soap-box, and saying that Windows should NEVER be required!
Krach42, the universe's most death-resistant entity.
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