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Due to some recent revelations about direction at Canonical, I've started to worry that if I continue writing in C and SDL that the games I'm working on will never see the light of day, so I'm going to switch over to HTML5 and Javascript.

To do that I have to dust off the ol' web developer books, and for practice I'm throwing together stupid little booger-pages like this one.

Maybe what that means is, once I get my games moved over, people could also play them as they're being developed. o_o;

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landale
Mar. 6th, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
Neat!

How are you doing, otherwise?
browren
Mar. 7th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
Can't complain, aside from being way busier at work than I'd like. :)
striderhlc
Mar. 7th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
What's the dustup at Canonical all about?

- HC
browren
Mar. 7th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
The thing that got me worried was the announcement of this new display server they've been working on. Between their big push into mobile - which comes with an apparent need to generate a pile of new phone-style apps based off of QT - and the deal with steam, I see them trying to wall off the garden.

Suppose there's some unannounced deal with Nvidia and/or AMD that will let the graphics drivers for Mir (Ubuntu's new display manager) be proprietary. This would tie in very nicely into Steam's DRM model. A little gaming PC running Mir and Steam in big-picture mode sounds just like what Steam would want, and it takes a nice big dump on all the OSS work that Canonical's based their success on so far.

A machine like that has no need for Gnome libraries or SDL, and if Canonical's working on that target instead of maintaining the desktop, the desktop quality will suffer. Presumably the browser will still work though, so HTML5 is a safe bet.

As for the phone/tablet move, all of the new (possibly paid?) apps are based on QML, which is essentially browser-style UI based on QT, or on HTML5. Again, because of this big push to move to QT, the current desktop being Gnome-based will end up not being maintained and suffer.

I'm going to wait and see how things turn out, but I'm really worried that their focus moving away from the PC desktop is going to make Ubuntu painful to use for anything other than devices.
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