I know BIS might be annoyed to the repeated request to deliver a Linux version of the
And sure they are tired of it and have heard all the arguements why people love it and seen that it is quite a lot of work which doesn't pay out - because who uses Linux?!
Aren't they those who love their Linux and their Free Software because it doesn't cost anything though Stallman repeatedly explained:
"It's not free like free beer. It's free like freedom." (or so).
Ok, here it is, my great news, my great idea:
Deliver the games as Linux versions together with Linux!
- Linux allows since long parallel installation incl. OpenOffice within less than 30 min - leaves Microsoft untouched! (Dual boot option),
- boots in less than 20 seconds and
- is down in 2 seconds. (Ubuntu Linux 10.04))
As a package.
- You have more control of the whole software. In earnest, will you ever learn how Microsoft Windows really works? No, you can't though you need to. It is a closed shop. Nada. No freedom for developers, black hole. You depend on the bits of info they throw at you.
- It doesn't cost you anything and correctly communicated you deliver a big surplus to your customers. And - as far as I know - you are nevertheless allowed (refering to the GPL) to let customers pay for your proprietary software, but sure this should be checked by a lawyer.
- You would be able to advertise: MilSim with OS
- But, what I think, would be the most important thing: You would gain applause (and potential buyers) by the whole Linux Community. The Linux Community is growing, Linux is desktop ready (writing this on a Ubuntu Linux 10.4 - Alpha). I know children and very old people who use it every day.
Sure there is a danger:
People will excessively ask you to deliver the game as Open Source Software too, no question.
But with the correct marketing, I find it to be plausible enough to communicate the big step forward for OpenSource by this.
I hope you know you have a lot Linux fans.
I am sure you do since you deliver Linux server software since 2001.
The intelligence of freedom! - my personal trademark for linux ;-)
Yeah, I am really fascinated by Linux, using it professionally since 2004.
BIS is the only reason I have Microsoft still ..... :-(