- Apr 2, 2009
huuh ?"The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.It does not contradict anything.
Seems to contradict a lot, but what do I know, you slapped the Linux label on it, so everything is fine
A game is a piece of software which means it can be a host for malware as any other - this point makes absolutely no sense at all2) Games have nothing to do about security, about portability (most of them target x86 only), about information protection, about leaking data from my computer (at least on desktop PCs), so I (and many others) don't care if Games are Free Software or not. It's not vital to computing, but a FOSS OS is vital for many other reasons. Non-FOSS games will have more chance to be lost in time when hardware cannot support them anymore, and that's fine - Games are just games, most of them are not that great anyway.
Except that they don't run in a closed environment (well except closed in a sense on what you are allowed to with it). And which system does prevent you from running FOSS software ? Your Microwave ?3) Most FOSS people don't care if their Microware oven is not Free Software Firmware either. I approach games the same way. They run in a closed environment, and they do not prevent me from running a FOSS OS in the first place.
As most of your points this is absolutely useless, the quality or (lack of) of FOSS games has no connection to Steam4) FOSS games that happen to be good at the same time : that's ideal. But what we see if that most FOSS games tend to be a mess, half-baked, not finished, poorly designed - that is why most people prefer commercial offering. Sure, there are exceptions - and that's why we call them exceptions.
But you need a proprietary client to run the games, which is owned by a single company- You don't need a proprietary OS to run Games anymore. Its good because it's not owned by a single company.
And ensures people that make decisions in companys and in shareholder boards that you can enforce DRM even in environments where people actually give a shit- That should reduce the barrier to switch to Linux in the first place, and switchers can benefit from all the FOSS benefits offered by the system.
Which can (and has been, rembember the HumbleBundle guys, beeing all DRM, Linuxy and free n'stuff) achieved otherwise- It increases the importance of Linux across the spectrum, with more focus on performance of drivers - all applications benefit from it in the end.
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