5 open source card and board games for Linux

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These popular games offer a rich, satisfying gaming experience for open source enthusiasts.

Gaming has traditionally been one of Linux’s weak points. That has changed somewhat in recent years thanks to Steam, GOG, and other efforts to bring commercial games to multiple operating systems, but many of those games are not open source. Sure, the games can be played on an open source operating system, but that is not good enough for an open source purist.

So, can someone who uses only free and open source software find games that are polished enough to offer a solid gaming experience without compromising their open source ideals? Absolutely. While open source games are unlikely ever to rival some of the AAA commercial games developed with massive budgets, there are plenty of open source games in many genres that are fun to play and can be installed from the repositories of most major Linux distributions. Even if a particular game is not packaged for a particular distribution, it is usually easy¬†to download the game from the project’s website in order to install and play it.This article looks at computer versions of popular board and card games. I have already written about¬†arcade-style games. In future articles, I plan to cover puzzle, racing, role-playing, and strategy & simulation games.

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