Mindshare: Focus Gaming

What does the Linux platform lack that Windows or Mac has?   Mind share.   Which is like Market share but instead for how people perceive the brand.   Apple has the “Mind share” that they are user friendly and easy to use, it doesn’t matter if they actually are!16 – 17

Don’t just take my word for it.  Test it! Find someone who has never used any Portable Music Player before.  Load some music on both of them.  Put the volume too low.  See which one is easier for that person (without any instruction) to turn the volume up.

The takeaway is that we need to do some redefining.  Let’s start with Gaming.  Many people don’t believe there are Linux Gamers.  Let’s get out there and make our presence known.

Introducing Linux Gaming Weekend

When? April 16 – 17Date changed from before. Tentative Schedule Below.

Two goals of the weekend.  Showcasing Linux Gaming demand to Valve (and their gamers) and Showcasing Great Linux games!

  • Showcase Linux Gaming demand in Valve’s Steam Platform (you could run in Wine or in Windows but the key is to spread the idea of Linux Gaming)
    What to do?  

    1. Play Multiplayer games with the gamer tag/name LinuxGamer.   Focusing on popular or beta games might help.  Perhaps these (don’t buy them! – skip to #2 if you don’t have any Valve games):
      • Counter-Strike: Source  (or Beta)
      • Left 4 Dead
      • Team Fortress 2

      If every server anyone connects to this weekend is filled with LinuxGamers this affects the other gamers Mindshare.  I also think the Beta servers are more monitored by Valve, so better chance of being noticed there.

    2. Sending feedback to Valve through their email address contact@valvesoftware.com
      Guidelines: Be respectful.  Offer to beta test a Linux Version.  If you have those games already say so.  If you don’t (and are interested in their games) say that you’d buy them if there was a Linux version.
  • Showcase  a couple Great Linux Games (that offer similar gaming to the Windows only ones above)

Tentative Schedule


  • 2PM – 1 Hour of Counter:Strike Source (or Urban Terror or another Valve multiplayer game)
  • 3PM – 2 Hours of Urban Terror
  • Walk Outside! / Snack/ Dinner
  • 7PM – 1 Hour of Left 4 Dead (or Tremulous or another Valve multiplayer game)
  • 8PM – 2 Hours of Tremulous


  • 7PM – 1 Hour of Team Fortress 2 (or Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory  or another Valve multiplayer game)
  • 8PM – 2 Hours of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

At the very least it should be fun!  And feel free to suggest better matches for the Valve games.  I’ll try to post getting started on each of the free games before the Linux Gaming Weekend, so that everyone will have a better idea of how to play.  I’ve switched my name to LinuxGamer in all the games I play (having lots of fun in UrbanTerror right now) and you could always make that switch before the weekend too….

Bonus Points:
Test an unstable distribution (Ubuntu RC of 11.04 should have just come out), run Steam Beta, or the Beta of one of the games.

7 thoughts on “Mindshare: Focus Gaming”

  1. Changed my Steam tag to include LinuxGamers… I desperately want this to happen. Also have a CS:Source Beta so maybe I should just idle on their servers.

  2. Do you realize that April 24th is Easter?

    Also, the Gamer part of LinuxGamer is redundant inside a game. Maybe make Linux the noun and use some other adjective or adverb: SpeedLinux, EZLinux, 2000FPSLinux, NoFreezeLinux, etc…

    (I suspect that most people believe Linux is the most stable operating system. Many will probably also accept the claim that Linux is faster than Windows.)

    Have fun!,


  3. @Harding
    I had no idea that was Easter… hmm.. that could be an issue.. – maybe move to 16th/17th?

    I do like reinforcing the idea of Linux and Gaming together.. but I do get your point.

    Will look into them. If this is at least successful (in that it is fun), I think I might try to do it again.

    Don’t just idle. We don’t want to be annoying, we want to have fun.

  4. It’s interesting that gaming once again is reduced to shooters. Why is that so? There are so much more great (Linux) games out there, like Battle for Wesnoth, Warzone 2100, freeciv or Frozen Bubble. And you missed Nexuiz (that one got a new name, but I think you didn’t mention it, though can’t remember myself)

    Or are there only shooters on Steam?

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