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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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53. Re: Valve on Linux Plans Oct 31, 2012, 12:23 LC
Verno wrote on Oct 31, 2012, 09:01:
I don't think a package manager for free software is really comparable to people installing commercial software on the Windows platform. People would expect every dumb little "app" on the planet to have a Linux version. Besides, the Linux experience for your average user breaks down when they need to dig deeper than the surface. They have enough problems on Windows as it is.

I don't follow. Could you elaborate on what's not comparable? You get working software downloaded and installed on your computer.

I can't say what people expect. I can only say I've been able to find everything I want/need. Besides there's a lot more software than what's on the official repositories, for example Sourceforge. Just what's on the official has been reviewed/inspected so if you want to play it safe stick with the official.

Dig deeper? Could you be more specific? All I can say is the only issue I had was the sound system kept defaulting to HDaudio on my videocard instead of the motherboard's. I had to go into the very Windows like Control Center>Sound>Hardware and right click and disable the videocard's audio. Horrible experience:)

I'm no fan of Canonical or more specifically Shuttleworth but the nice thing about using an Ubuntu based distro is the amount of documentation. Linux with training wheels I suppose. I'm trying to learn more on my own and I'll probably switch to something not based on Ubuntu when I have a better grip on the inner workings. Not that I don't like Mint's version of Ubuntu but I just expect more stupidity from Shuttleworth. Like turning it into adware although hopefully the Amazon thing has left a bad taste in their mouth.

Don't think I'm qualified to comment on the technical side of game development.

@Smellfinger Can you not use GIMP instead of Photoshop?

@Beamer I have to wonder why Valve is doing it too. Depending on what numbers you believe Linux is only used on 1-5% of desktop computers.

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