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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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157. Re: Quoteworthy - Jul 27, 2012, 16:07 2nd_floor
If Microsoft and Windows have survived things like Windows ME and Windows Vista, I bet Windows 8 will do just fine! Hardware and software vendors jump to anything Microsoft (because Microsoft technology sells, whether it's awful or not, because games and Office run on it).

Windows ME and Windows Vista were not enough of a catastrophe to get Valve thinking people will stop using Windows back years ago, and to write their games for Mac/Linux then?

I think Valve probably sees a problem with Steam on Windows 8, whether technically or market share wise, maybe both, and obviously do not like it! Ha! Valve has never shown any sort of interest in Linux (for 15 years), and nor for Mac OS in 13 years. They are not Linux people, they are hardcore Windows people! "A catastrophe" because they won't be able to run Steam the way they want to!

The GUI on Windows 8 is very different than anything we've seen before on PCs, but I bet most people on here will switch to it. You've all done it for every previous version of Windows, no matter how buggy and virus prone. Why does problematic software from Microsoft sell to millions of people, time after time, when there are really descent alternatives? Do the people reading these threads not get viruses and trojans and other junk on your computers, and have to re-install often?

Modern Linux is not difficult to use. Try a live CD of it, pretty cool stuff! You don't have a giant, "could care less" corporation behind you.

This comment was edited on Jul 27, 2012, 17:56.
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