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Quoteworthy - "Windows 8 is a Catastrophe" - Gabe Newell

"The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People donít realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior," says Valve's Gabe Newell as quoted on AllThingsD. "We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. Itís a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think weíll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If thatís true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality." Thanks VG247.

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150. Re: Quoteworthy - Jul 26, 2012, 13:55 Creston
 
NKD wrote on Jul 25, 2012, 19:22:
No one is gonna fucking switch to Linux of all things. I never pegged Newell as being that retarded, but I guess I was wrong.

Quite frankly, a native linux client doesn't do them a shit's worth of good, because what are they going to do? Port 3000 games to Linux all by themselves? I'll look forward to seeing Steamux in 2261 then.

I would guess that they are looking into using a linux distro to create/emulate a functional Windows environment in which their games will run properly. No idea how feasible that is, but I think it's smart of them to try to figure something out before Microsoft completely fucks up Windows beyond hope and suddenly Steam is left standing with a non-functional OS requirement.

Can they make it work? I have no idea. But they're definitely smart for looking into their options.

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