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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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36. Re: Valve on Linxu Plans Oct 30, 2012, 09:49 Verno
 
wtf_man wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 09:07:
Win8 puts Metro and MS App Store in your face, and for Metro Apps there is only the MS App Store.

OSX does not give you the ability to run IOS apps nor does it try to force you to use IOS Apps, and the OSX App Store can be turned off (As far as a sole installation source).

So, IOS and RT (Formerly Windows CE) themselves, have nothing to do with it. It's Windows 8 and Surface Pro (Which runs full Windows 8, not RT)... that are trying to get you to switch to Metro Apps instead of regular thick client Windows Desktop Apps.

Indeed. It strikes me as a bit naive that people think Win32/Desktop is untouchable due to enterprise legacy. Look at the mobile space in the past five years for an idea of how quickly things can change from underneath you. Also the inability to sideload Metro apps speaks volumes to me.
 
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