March Madness… Linux style!

March Madness is upon us!

And much like the 64 collegiate teams battling for basketball supremacy through dedication, teamwork and hard work, March is also a great time for Linux gamers to unite!

Linux’s market share among operating systems is nowhere near that of Microsoft Windows’. That also means most of the well-known and popular games today are preferred and played on the Windows OS.

However, that has been due more to ignorance and a lack of familiarity of other platforms more than because of anything meritorious. But we’re seeing that more and more gamers are discovering Linux also has the capability to support these same games. And the unity and support of current Linux users suddenly mirrors that of March Madness: the No. 1 seeded team isn’t guaranteed to win, just like how the No. 1 OS isn’t guaranteed to always be the best performer. Linux gamers are leading their peers – both Linux users and non-Linux users alike – to see and experience the advantages in using Linux, which will increase their fan base and win over gamers more and more each day. Even when March is over and April is upon us, Linux users will still lead this very charge to gain Windows OS converts.

Let’s be clear that the popularity of the Windows OS is indisputable and has been well earned over the years. Game developers have been some of Windows’ biggest fans as they have been able to increase sales for products they have created. But just like how we’ve seen the torch figuratively passed from legends like Michael Jordan to stars today like Kobe Bryant and then LeBron James – done without compromising the legacy of any of them – the same can be said for the Windows and Linux dynamic: gamers will discover that though they once admired Windows OS for its own merits, they can also accommodate Linux and the flexibility it offers gamers. This is especially true as more popular games become available for Linux.

Another advantage to Linux is the affordability (in other words: FREE) of many games. There’s also the availability for multi-player games online as well as the always popular role playing games (RPGs). As the product availability of games has increased, so has the number of Linux gamers.

Linux may not have “helper” software. But it does have many features that make for a great gaming experience, including APIs (application programming interfaces), virtual machines, binary compatibility packages and emulators. These features help Linux to score points with games that were originally intended to be played for other operating systems, primarily Windows.

Remember that it’s not always the big teams with the biggest players at the most popular colleges with the biggest fan bases that win during March Madness. It’s the most dedicated, hard working and unified teams that do the best, regardless of popularity or size – much like how the smaller but dedicated Linux gamers are leading the movement to show other gamers that you can still win with their less famous OS.