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Valve Not Working on Linux Steam

Valve On Steam Part Two on GamesIndustry.biz is a recent interview about Steam conducted with Valve's Doug Lombardi. Though a recent job posting for Linux engineers spurred speculation that a Linux version of the Steam client is in the works, Doug indicates that at the moment this is not something they are developing, saying: "There's no Linux version that we're working on right now." There's also an interesting follow-up on NPD's digital distribution data, which has already been called into question by Impulse and GamersGate. "Yeah, we're unsure as to how they came up with those numbers, so commenting on them would feel strange. ...," Doug comments. "It does point to what we've been trying to say forever which is that the PC is not dying, the business is just moving elsewhere. And to their credit, they're starting to make strides to give everyone that information and paint a more complete picture. But again those reports that came out weren't based on any data that we've provided, so it is what is. ..." Thanks Ant via Linux Today.

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6. Re: Valve Not Working on Linux Steam Aug 23, 2010, 14:38 DG
 
I run Windows for gaming. Otherwise I'd be all Ubuntu. For all intents and purposes to me it is almost exactly the same. Firefox works, plugins and addons I use work, Openoffice works... All same as Windows.

Even the installation is "far as I care" the same. Security/viruses etc, well apparently Ubuntu much more secure, but I've never had any issues with Windows so whatever. Same goes for stability, no issues either way here. Hardware support can be an issue with Linux, but I research upgrades anyway so it's a trivial issue.

I'm sure some power users (from either side) could give massive lists of differences, almost all of which will be things which most people do not remotely care about. Of course if you need certain programs then it's a fix.

But... I need Windows for gaming so why bother also using Ubuntu? The only reason I bothered with it was I didn't have a spare Windows licence for the box o' bits I put together as a household PC.

Back on topic... Can hardly blame Valve here, I seriously doubt there is much additional market from supporting Linux since there can't be many Linux-exclusive gamers.
 
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