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Mac games on Linux

Post  SeanHosie54 on Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:22 am

Does anyone know why there isnt ported or cross compiled windows games for linux but there is for bloody Mac, I thought linux and Mac are both Unix.

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Re: Mac games on Linux

Post  kaddy on Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:35 am

I have been wondering this myself......... Even Mac now have Steam with a sweet set of native games.........
it would not be hard to port those games over to Linux but it hasn't happened yet.... Me thinks somebody has got their hands in somebodies pockets

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Post  jonathan on Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:06 pm

There are even less Linux users than Mac users, and it will have to be profitable to have steam on Linux in order for it to be worth the effort. They also have to deal with different file formats for different package managers. Those are the issues I can think of off the top of my head, but it doesn't seem to hard to get it running on Linux. It would be nice to get more games running on Linux.

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Post  Swathe on Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:56 pm

Linux is UNIX like but OS X is actually a fully qualified UNIX operating system. You have to remember that the heart of OS X came from BSD so if anything I would guess that the BSD people would have more chance of running them. Incidently, it was valves porting of the orange box for the xbox that paved the way for source based games to become available on the mac.

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Re: Mac games on Linux

Post  eldersnake on Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:29 pm

Still, you'd hope that with Valve's OpenGL implementation on the Mac that, that would really help to break down the barrier to port to Linux.

There's also Postal 3 coming to Linux on the Source engine, again I dunno but hopefully that could help the situation?

In any case I'd love Steam for Linux and the Source engine. I've said it before but I'd buy multiple copies of whatever games they'd port over just as a thank you to them.

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