Gnome XBill level 20
|Original author(s)||Brian Wellington and Matías Duarte|
|Initial release||July 21, 1994|
2.1 / November 15, 2001
|Platform||Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, OpenMoko, Android, Maemo, iOS|
XBill is an arcade style game for the X Window System. The game features a bespectacled character known as "Bill" (a spoof of Bill Gates). The goal is to prevent Bill's legions of clones from installing "Wingdows", a virus "cleverly designed to resemble a popular operating system" (a parody of Windows), on a variety of computers running other operating systems. It was very popular among Linux gamers at the end of the 1990s, beating out Quake, though not Quake II, as Linux Journal reader's favourite Linux game in 1999.
The operating systems are represented by logos shown on the computer screens. The computers the player must defend include PCs running Linux and BSD, SPARCstations with Solaris, SGI IRIX workstations, Apple Macintosh, PalmPilots, and NeXTcubes. When Bill installs Wingdows onto a computer, its current operating system is placed beside it.
Using the mouse, the player must squash Bill and drag discarded operating systems back to their computers. At the end of the level, points are accrued for every computer that is still running its original operating system.
On later levels, computers are connected to each other with LAN cables, causing Wingdows to spread faster. Some computers may also catch fire. This can be cured by dragging buckets of water onto them.
The game was later in the end 1990s, deliberately ported to Microsoft Windows. Ports to many other platforms as Mac OS X, Openmoko, Android, and Maemo phones followed due to its open source nature. Re-implementations of the game also exist.
Reception and impact
- XBill Legal Opinion Required - Fedora Project (February 2009)
- xbill_2.1-8_copyright on debian.org
- 1999 Reader's Choice Awards - Linux Journal
- history on xbill.org
- xbill21 on xbill.org (2001)
- XBill for Wingdows
- XBill (Mac) Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine - Softpedia
- XBill - OpenMoko Wiki
- XBill Maemo version
- Kill XBill Archived March 6, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
- XBill-NG Wiki
- XBill Archived June 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine - The Linux Game Tome
- WinIndependence Day Essay - DesktopLinux.com Archived February 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- Windows 7 Sins website
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