id Software not planning a Linux port of id Tech 5 engine

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 25 2009 @ 04:01 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Slashdot reports id Software is abandoning Linux. An e-mail from John Carmack reveals there are no plans to port id's Tech 5 graphics engine to Linux because the Linux userbase is much too small to justify all the work necessary to create a Linux port.
From his e-mail: 'It isn't out of the question, but I don't think we will be able to justify the work. If there are hundreds of thousands of Linux users playing Quake Live when we are done with Rage, that would certainly influence our decision.' One of the reasons for not making a Linux port was due to the fact that the new engine 'pushes a lot of paths that are not usually optimized' and that the Linux port would have to use the binary blob graphics driver in order to work."

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