"Wouldn't it be great if there were a video game that simulated the experience of building and managing a Linux Distribution?" muses 2299 developer Bryan Lunduke. "That is a question that nobody on the planet has ever asked. But they should have because, as it turns out, it's a great basis for a game. And now that game exists."

Indeed it does! Linux Tycoon purports to be the only Linux distro simulation game in existence, and I'm inclined to believe such a claim.

In Linux Tycoon, players are tasked with fixing bugs, choosing software packages, and keeping file sizes low in a Linux distribution package that will be evalutated and rated by your peers. This is all handled in simple, management-focused gameplay that simulates the fun parts of building a distro, however -- no actual programming is involved.

Linux Tycoon is available for Linux and MacOS X, with a Windows version in the works. The game is currently in beta, and can be purchased directly from Lunduke's site for $4.