Quake Live won't support Linux

Today in Open Source: No Linux support for Quake Live. Plus: Pear OS 8 review, and Mark Shuttleworth apologizes for Tea Party remarks

No Linux Support for Quake Live

Despite advances being made in Linux gaming by Valve, id Software won't be supporting Linux (or Macs) in Quake Live.

We will be unable to support Mac and Linux clients with this transition. While we have reports from our testers that the game works through emulation or virtualization software, we are unable to support native Mac and Linux versions. If you’re using Mac and Linux and have a paid subscription, you will only be able to access the game using emulation or virtualization software.

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Wow, there's a nasty poke in the eye to Linux and Mac gamers. id Software seems to be regressing in its support of Linux. This is quite odd given what Valve is doing with SteamOS.

I guess Valve is just going to have to convince id Software that Linux is worth supporting. For the record, my money is on Valve. They know what they are doing, and I think the folks at id will do a quick turnabout when all is said and done.

I hope id Software will be ready to apologize to Linux gamers when Valve proves them wrong. We'll see about that eventually.

Pear OS 8 Review

Pear OS 8 is a desktop distro created in the mold of Apple's OS X and iOS 7. I've got a full review up on Desktop Linux Reviews.

It’s often said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. If that’s the case then the developer of Pear OS 8 truly loves Apple and its products. Pear OS 8 is probably the closest thing any Linux user will ever come to getting a Linux distribution from Apple.

Pear OS 8 blends the look and feel of Mac OS X and iOS 7 into Ubuntu. I know that the very idea of this will probably shock some Linux users.

Pear OS 8 Review
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If you've ever wanted Apple to create a Linux distribution then you'll probably enjoy Pear OS 8. I'm not sure Apple's lawyers will though, we'll have to wait and see about that.

Mark Shuttleworth Apologizes for Tea Party Remarks

Mark Shuttleworth created quite a controversy for his remarks that equated Canonical critics with the Tea Party. He recently apologized for making them, according to Softpedia.

On another, more personal note, I made a mistake myself when I used the label “open source tea party” to refer to the vocal non-technical critics of work that Canonical does. That was unnecessary and quite possibly equally offensive to members of the real Tea Party (hi there!) and the people with vocal non-technical criticism of work that Canonical does (hello there!).

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Personally, I thought the Tea Party controversy was a bit of a tempest in a...er...teapot. But it's nice that Shuttleworth has tried to make peace with the Tea Party people and the non-Tea Party people. It will probably go a long way in soothing some ruffled feathers.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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