Did Microsoft kill Windows by buying Nokia?

Today in Open Source: The Nokia deal may have killed Windows. Plus: The $45 CuBox-i Mini-PC runs Android and Linux, and should games be ported to Linux via Wine?

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SolidRun refreshed its line of tiny 2 x 2 x 2-inch mini-PCs with four new community-backed models based on 1.2GHz multi-core Freescale i.MX6 SoCs. The CuBox-i devices run Android 4.2.2 and Linux, offer HDMI, S/PDIF, IR, eSATA, GbE, USB, WiFi, and Bluetooth interfaces (depending on model)...

Limited pre-orders are now available with shipments due by the end of November. Prices, listed here in both special and standard amounts, includes: CuBox-i1 ($45/$50), CuBox-i2 ($70/$75), CuBox-i2Ultra ($95/$105), CuBox-i4Pro ($120/$130); shipping costs range from $18 to $38. More information and direct sales are available at CuBox-i.com.

SolidRun CuBox-i Mini-PC
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What neat little gadgets! Apparently they run various Linux distributions, as well as Android. So you've got a range of choices in terms of what you run on them.

Should Games Be Ported to Linux Via Wine?

Gaming On Linux has an editorial that looks at the validity of porting games to Linux via Wine. Is this a good thing or a bad thing for Linux gamers?

To me there is a time when a Wine port is better than no port at all, take System Shock 2 for example they no longer have the source code for it (it's not exactly a new game), so rather than us buying a version marked for windows and then manually setting it up in Wine we have a chance to show the sale is for Linux, this gives another developer some Linux sales stats to look at, better than just seeing Windows sale right?

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On the whole, I'd rather skip Wine ports altogether. Given that Valve is revving up Linux game development via Steam, who wants to mess around with Wine to get Windows games to run?

If a game developer won't support a native Linux version, then no problem. I don't need to buy their game. Let them stick with Windows, and I'll keep my money. Am I being too much of a purist here? I don't think so.

The bad old days when Linux wasn't even an afterthought for game developers are over. Linux is becoming a very viable gaming platform, and we ought to expect to be treated like first class citizens, and not some desperate second or third class platform.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments.

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