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TEST PATCH 0.6E4 (3D support - no change to physics)
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Quote from Scawen : so there is no such thing as a FF wheel that works on operating systems other than Windows. Hopefully you can easily build drivers that allow FF on Linux but are they illegal?

Trying not to shout and swear... I hate patents.

Don't know about the legality, but the G27 definitely works with force feedback under Linux. What's the patent?
Quote from Bose321 :That's exactly how it works...

Maybe how it *should* work but doesn't work on my system. My XP just tells me I don't have permission. Trust me, it's not appearing simple here!

Quote from PeterN :Don't know about the legality, but the G27 definitely works with force feedback under Linux. What's the patent?

Sorry, it's not clear to me, but a company named Immersion holds many patents relating to Force Feedback and they have deals with Sony and Microsoft and there has been plenty of suing going on.
Quote from Scawen :
One thing bugs me, and probably someone can make it clearer, and this really disgusts me, there is a patent on Force Feedback which is somehow controlled by Microsoft, so there is no such thing as a FF wheel that works on operating systems other than Windows. Hopefully you can easily build drivers that allow FF on Linux but are they illegal?

I did some work on Logitech FFB drivers for Linux and there were no black helicopters circling my roof nor angry emails in my mailbox. Valve has also released their "SteamOS" which is pretty much their own Linux distro, so if there were any patent issues, they'd know. As far as I know you can freely write whatever you please. I'm not a lawyer but as long as you're not making money using someone else's IP - whatever that actually means - the companies can't really get at you. As a game developer you'd be just using some API and I can't imagine how could anyone use that as a basis for a lawsuit. iRacing has recently released Mac and Linux version and they had no particular issues on this front.
Quote from MadCatX :iRacing has recently released Mac and Linux version and they had no particular issues on this front.

That is reassuring. I don't really understand how someone can have a patent on force feedback, it's like having a patent on a "roof" or a "knife" or "walking". Just stupid, so I hope there isn't a problem with it.

Anyway, closing this thread and let's get back on topic with the 3D support in the new version, with experimental Oculus Rift support.
https://www.lfsforum.net/showthread.php?t=84593
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TEST PATCH 0.6E4 (3D support - no change to physics)
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