Monday, November 29, 2010

Linux gaming

Lets face it Linux at present does not have any  multiplayer games that even come close to PS3, PC or even Nintendo Wii experience. The recent hack of the XBox Kinetic may provide some impetus for Linux developers to come up with something. But I seriously doubt anything big, due to lack of financial backing and interest from big gaming houses.

If Linux proves to be good gaming platform then there can be a big change in the way people look at  open source platforms.

I recently tried to raise this question on a mallu Buzz when someone suggested Linux as an alternative.

My question was considered as poking fun at one of Linux's glaring short comings. I know enough about Linux to know that it is not Linux's inability but the community's. The lack of vision and the over emphasis on politicising the OS can be a major hindrance to affect any  change in the gaming arena.

Having installed over 200 Linux flavours on older machines, I have come to realize the problems with popularising the Linux environment within the community of gamers. Mallu Linux fan-boys are really a breed apart. I cannot resist but draw a comparison between them and the intolerant attitude of our  political parties.

They seem to believe and actively promote Linux as a leftist operating system. Leftism is good, but extreme leftism may not do very well for Linux as a brand. At least this is what I have felt from the interactions with the Mallu Association of Linux Linux Fan-boys . Lets call them MALFs.

Most of these MALF's usually know fuck all about linux, and are hostile and mocking towards PC users. They have done more to discredit Linux and making it a leftists tool than gain support for a wonderful open operating system.

Besides preaching the usual propaganda, that we have all grown tired of, dished out from websites that have not been updated since 2004. The best they have achieved so far is localizing some applications into Malayalam.

The Linux community has a long way to go before anything substantial happens in the gaming scene.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The need for regime change

Stifling criticism reflects the lack of confidence in leaderships. It is an indication of what our nation would become if left to the whims and fancies of 19th century communist leadership. It is now evidently clear that the CPM in Kerala has lost the people's mandate to stay as the majority party. The problem unfortunately does not stop there. This dispicable trend to to gag humour and criticism gives us a glipse of what is in store for Kerala once these thugs and goons loose the next assembly election.

A free press can be good, bad or ugly, but most certainly without freedom a press will be mostly ugly.