Dev wrote on Nov 17, 2012, 23:47: Pretty sure thats all the other users and reporters overreacting to what he says. I dont recall seeing Gabe say anything about it currently being a valid valve business alternative and an alternative for hardcore gamers. For instance here's a quote from him: "it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality." Talking about windows 8 problems. He's saying he wants options. He's not saying that linux is magically going to replace windows.
And the linux thing has been in development for years at valve. You can see previous articles (I think at phoronix), where they mention this. Its taken so long because of the casual working on it and wheels on the desks thing at valve. Just that most people dismissed it previously. Gabe is generally pretty upfront about what they are doing and what to expect. Just that a lot of people don't believe him. Like when he and others at valve talked about a flat management structure in a bunch of talks, many people repeatedly denied it when I pointed this out in posts. It took until their employee handbook "leaked" for some to admit it and even then some thought it was more a publicity stunt than actual reality.
Yeah exactly again. Gabe has a pretty good track record on long term vision, Valve has been ahead of the curve several times on major forefronts of gaming. If Gabe is worried and hedging his bets, I don't underestimate that. At the same time, he's not saying its going to kill off PC gaming tomorrow, he's just saying its a threat to the traditional way the gaming industry operates and needs to be addressed.