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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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11. Re: Valve on Linxu Plans Oct 29, 2012, 22:41 jdreyer
 
Sepharo wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 22:02:
We already went over this when people were calling Notch's stance hypocritical. The distinction here is that Apple's platform has been closed whereas Microsoft's has not. The fear is that Microsoft is heading down the same path.

closed platform -> still closed platform ... "meh"
open platform -> closed platform ... "bad for gaming"

And though Gabe has made those critical comments, I don't consider this Steam on Linux to be reeking of Gabe thumbing his nose. It's smart business regardless of what Microsoft is doing, he's expanding the market.

There's another reason as well. OSX users are a tiny fraction of Steam's millions. The vast majority are on Windows. So, supporting a walled garden like Apple is low risk. If something changes and Steam is blocked, no great loss. But for MS to go walled represents and existential threat to Valve.
 
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