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The Linux revolution spreads to gaming

Loki doesn't actually publish its own games; instead, Draeker approaches game companies with major titles and strikes a deal to port the games to Linux, paying the original publisher a guaranteed minimum royalty fee. But although the games are now available in Linux, that doesn't mean they're suddenly open-source: they're shrink-wrapped and packaged commodities, sold on store shelves alongside Windows and Mac games.

Though Linux users are fiercely supportive of the open-source concept, Draeker says Loki has encountered little resistance marketing closed-source games. "We took a long, hard look at what works in open source and modeled our business in a way that's very compatible with the open-source movement," he says. "We're selling game content, not software. If you go to a movie theater, you don't care about the cellulose the movie is printed on; you just want to see Star Wars, and no one complains about paying seven bucks to see Star Wars. Professional game content is something people are happy to pay for."

If you're interested in learning more about Linux, check out the Orange County Linux Users Group (www.oclug.org). Check out Wyn at machineage@mediaone.net.
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