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The End Is Nigh For the Linux Game Tome 123

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the end-of-an-era dept.
First time accepted submitter Sodki writes "The Linux Game Tome, one of the most important websites related to video gaming in GNU/Linux, will shut down on the 13th of April, according to a news post published on the website. The decision was made due to the 'lack both the time and the ambition to do what is necessary to keep the site afloat,' which has resulted in 'spam clogging the forums, lack of updates and increasing brokenness of the site.' This might not be the end, though. The maintainers of The Linux Game Tome will make available a dump of the games database, so that anyone interested can cook up a new and updated version of the website, and a worthwhile effort will be considered for a transfer of ownership of the domain. The current source code of the website, which is from 1999, will not be available because 'it is not fit for human consumption.'" It certainly had a good run; I remember poking around the Linux Game Tome as a teenager in the misty past (and it's where I discovered Freeciv, Warzone 2100, and lbreakout2). Are there any alternatives already operating (unfortunately, Freecode doesn't seem popular with game authors)? Or: Which one of you is going to write the Linux Game Tome 3.0?
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The End Is Nigh For the Linux Game Tome

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  • Uh, (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) on Tuesday March 26, 2013 @08:47AM (#43279987)
    Steam?
  • by O('_')O_Bush (1162487) on Tuesday March 26, 2013 @08:48AM (#43279997)
    There are already dozens of websites that serve the exact same function, with just as good or better presentation... (not unlike Linux distros themselves).

    Let it die, ask another site to fill in holes if there are any, and nothing of value will be lost.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 26, 2013 @08:48AM (#43279999)

    That I never ever heard of despite running Linux exclusively for 13 years.

    I'm thinking that getting the word out was their problem, and that their importance is being overblown.

  • Re:Uh, (Score:5, Insightful)

    by lesincompetent (2836253) on Tuesday March 26, 2013 @09:04AM (#43280113)
    Why should the community give up everything to a strictly proprietary, closed environment? We should maintain at least a free and open alternative!
  • Re:Uh, (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 26, 2013 @09:40AM (#43280341)

    Not really, some of us just don't give a shit either way.

  • by BobNET (119675) on Tuesday March 26, 2013 @09:51AM (#43280403)

    Given that the unix port of Nethack is far superior to the msdos or winnt ports, I can't imagine why anyone would use anything other than Linux for gaming.

  • Re:Uh, (Score:5, Insightful)

    by smooth wombat (796938) on Tuesday March 26, 2013 @10:10AM (#43280533) Homepage Journal
    if you want a free alternative, I imagine you could volunteer to help maintain the site ... "Its Open Source" doesnt magically generate people to do fixes and maintenance, you know.

    HERESY! Burn them at the stake!

    Everyone knows there is no cost associated with software. Charging for something you produce is just evil capitalism. With the wonders of free software, everything miraculously springs forth by sheer will, not through money and maintenance. People create this stuff through their own generosity without regard to costs since there are none.

    That's why there's no problem with stealing someone's work. Since there was no cost involved with producing it, there's no need to pay someone for their work.
  • Re:Uh, (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Runaway1956 (1322357) on Tuesday March 26, 2013 @10:15AM (#43280565) Homepage Journal

    You seem to presume that all Linux people are alike. Tell you what - next time you're browsing, take a look at the names. Some of the names seem to be obviously female, some seem just as obviously male. Different, huh? Oh - some of the posters are obviously young, others are older than dirt. Different, again! Some of us like the toe-jam guy, others of us don't. Wow - more difference!

    For the most part, I only use free stuff. But, sometimes, the closed source commercial stuff is all that's available, or it's the easiest solution, or it's the solution that I understand. And, sometimes, it's actually the best.

    Each and every one of us penguin people has to decide for himself just what it is that he needs and wants from Linux, and his machine(s). I'm slightly less passionate about "free" than some other people. Others don't give a damn either way. Give us a break, alright? We didn't all go to boot camp to learn how to be Linux geeks. There isn't just one right way. For proof of that, just start counting up the distros!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 26, 2013 @01:18PM (#43282669)

    Please do quote the 'racial, sexist, or sexual-preference slurs' in any of the parent posts.

    inb4 faggot is homophobic slur only if you live in the 20th century. Language evolve, gay use to mean 'joyful', then 'homosexual' and now it mean 'boring'. Go figure.. also, 'bad' was 'good' in the 1980-90s.

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