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Valve on Linux Plans

Ubuntu Vibes quotes (or paraphrases) Valve's Drew Bliss speaking at a Ubuntu Developer Summit in Denmark praising Linux as being amore viable gaming platform that Microsoft's just-released Windows 8. They summarize what they learned about Valve's Linux plans going forward in handy bulleted form:

  • Steam client is running nicely on Ubuntu and many developers have approached them with good game products.
  • Cooperation with Canonical has been good.
  • Ubuntu is preferred platform as it has a large user base and good community support with a strong company like Canonical behind it.
  • Linux has everything they need: good OpenGL, pulseaudio, OpenAL and input support.
  • New Source engine games will be available for Linux.
  • No firm time frame for Steam Linux release, but soon.
  • Copy protection is up to the game publishers.

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13. Re: Valve on Linux Plans Oct 29, 2012, 23:52 TheVocalMinority
The stupid really seems to have come to visit this topic in a big way!

DDI wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 21:55:
No one wants to deal with that bullshit to get a decent looking OS.

KDE or gnome is usually the default desktop for a distro or can be installed from the package manager. As difficult as installing a steam game AFAIK.

DDI wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 21:55:
As soon as Linux starts copying Windows and MacOS, you know proven desktop interfaces, instead of this fractured scattered crap, it might be marginally successful.

Linux desktops do tend to be copies, to some extent, of the Windows and Mac desktops. In fact a more valid criticism is the lack of innovation displayed by the more polished desktops. And are you trying to say having a choice is bad???

DDI wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 21:55:
But in the end, it's only a matter of time before Valve just releases some steam box that runs a closed Linux distro, completing the circle of hypocrisy.

No, the GPL is specifically designed to prevent this. There may be closed software as part of the distro but any GPL software such as the Linux kernel will remain open.

It would be incredibly naive to think this is not about the windows app store. Gabe can see where that is heading as Valve is playing the exact same game. This is the hypocrisy - Steam IS a walled garden! Of course it's not as insidious as it doesn't constitute the entirety of the OS but once within the system it's pretty much the same thing.

And I'm still calling HL3 as a Linux exclusive. The fanboy tears will be glorious.

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