Jimmy Thomsen from Linos a company which specializes on customizing Ubuntu to suite costumers needs has released a GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu for gamers called Game Drift Linux !
As this distribution has CrossOver Games built-in, it costs $20 for the full version (unless you want the trail that expires after 7 days which costs $4).
Game Drift Linux has finally been released - the perfect GNU/Linux distribution for gamers.
- Support for Windows games (currently more than 1.200 titles - eg. Need for Speed, Counter-Strike, WoW)
- Game Store with free games - one click installation (e.g. Savage 2, Auteria, Stunt Rally)
- Built on the strong foundation of Ubuntu GNU/Linux
Get it today at http://gamedrift.org
We have put a lot of effort into Game Drift Linux to meet our goals:
- Build the best GNU/Linux distribution for gamers
- Provide the biggest amount of quality games for GNU/Linux
- Provide great support for as many Windows games as possible
- Make it as user friendly as possible (no technical obstacles - games are easily accessible and just works)
How did we achieve all that?
- We built our own Game Store which includes only high quality games for GNU/Linux (also commercial games)
- We added support for more than 1.200 Windows games thanks to a great deal with American CodeWeavers
- We built game Drift Linux on a flexible, reliable and stable platform - Ubuntu GNU/Linux
- We applied patches to the software and games to reduce technical obstacles
This is the very first version of Game Drift Linux. We will be adding many more games and keep developing new versions, if the project becomes a success.
I’ve asked Jimmy Thomsen why buy Game Drift Linux and not CrossOver Games and install it manually on Ubuntu, and he answered :
In short: patches and price.
Cross Over won’t work properly on Ubuntu (CodeWeaver is working on a fix, we created our own since we couldn’t wait). Another nice difference is the price – you could download native Ubuntu and buy CrossOver Games for about USD 40 – or just buy the combined package (Game Drift Linux) for half that price.
Many of the GNU/Linux games won’t work properly either without patches.
The Game Store provides a better overview of quality games, and also include commercial games such as Enemy Territory and Savage2.
Game Drift Linux is a “nifty” mix of open source and commercial software.
My major problem with Game Drift Linux is that it’s currently available only in 32-bit, and as I have 8GB of RAM, losing half of it (or using PAE Kernel) is not acceptable for me.
But Jimmy Thomsen said that if Game Drift Linux goes well then he will create a 64-bit version as well.