[oclug] Bad News re Loki
dle1 at sympatico.ca
Tue Aug 14 07:16:54 EDT 2001
I just read that Lokigames has filed for bankruptcy. It's unlikey that
they'll pull their fat from the fire, but in any event, it's another
weight on the other side of the scales for the arguments, *OSS and
business can't co-exist*, or *OSS advocates/Linux users are cheapskates
and freeloaders*, i.e., *it really _is_ about ``free beer'' -- they won't
pay.''* It also adds to a large problem: the absence of popular apps,
games in this case.
It may well be that Lokigames is a poorly run business, and as always,
it's unjust to extrapolate from the failure of only one organization (the
collapses of traditional software companies tend not to percolate to the
top of the news), but Lokigames is a fairly visible company, and this
will be taken as another bellwether of the demise of Linux/OSS, as when
Eazel folded -- remember the ``Linux on the desktop is dead'' meme? Here
it comes again. Sigh.
``Science fiction and nostalgia have become the same thing.''
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