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No Linux Steam - Really

The vocal Linux community has been asking Valve for a Linux native Steam client for some time now, but Valve has stated this was not to be, saying simply in their FAQ: "The Steam Client is strictly a Windows application, and there are no current plans to create a native Linux Steam Client at this time." Perhaps inspired by the hope provided by "no current plans" and "at this time," Linux fans have continued inquiring about this, leading to a post on the Steam Users Forums that says Valve's stance on this issue has been stated repeatedly, and "The next person who posts a new thread on this issue will be banned." This has inspired a heated discussion on Digg (thanks Ant) that seems pretty well divided between those who feel this is a disservice to the community, and those who are more sympathetic to Valve's position. Many posts repeat the salient point that a native Linux Steam client will not do anything to help Windows games run under Linux without emulation anyway.

14. Re: No subject Jul 20, 2007, 12:41 Beamer
No, shul. You proved nothing wrong.

There aren't enough gamers to make gaming on linux viable. And there's no good reason for games to go to linux. There's no good reason for gamers to go to linux, either.

Linux is more stable than Windows. This is useful if you're running servers.
Linux is more open than Windows. This is useful if you have the knowledge to take advantage of it.

Windows, on the other hand, is a self-contained enviroment. The variables are far fewer. Most Windows builds are somewhat similar. This allows devs to test far more efficiently. And it's still a nightmare.

Why should developers enter the world of Linux? So they can have more headaches? So they can spend more money for hardly any more profits?
Why should gamers go to Linux? Again, more headaches and fewer choices?

If you use Linux and you want to game: dual boot. It's simple. There's no reason not to have a version of windows on your system if it serves some of your purposes, unless you're one of those idiots that thinks Microsoft is out to get you.

Yes, Vista is arguably a step back, and if Microsoft doesn't respond the community will. But Me was a step back and it didn't matter. XP came along and became the best gaming platform the PC has ever seen. Why would ANYONE want to abandon that, on the developer or consumer side?

Probably because he's an idiot.
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  27. Jul 20, 16:39      MMORPGHoD Krovven
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  13. Jul 20, 12:40  No Steam please. Dante_uk
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  11. Jul 20, 12:01 It's all in the numbers Rosco
  16. Jul 20, 12:55  Re: It's all in the numbers DG
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  40. Jul 21, 07:53    Re: No subject shul
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  34. Jul 20, 20:27 Same Old ventry
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  41. Jul 21, 08:25 oye.. Trashy
  42. Jul 21, 11:03  Re: oye.. shul
  43. Jul 21, 11:23   Re: oye.. Beamer
  45. Jul 21, 15:35    Re: oye.. shul
  46. Jul 21, 16:43     Re: oye.. Beamer
  52. Jul 22, 09:04      Re: oye.. shul
  48. Jul 21, 18:10    Re: oye.. Bhruic
  49. Jul 21, 19:30     Re: oye.. Prez
  53. Jul 22, 09:19      Re: oye.. shul
  55. Jul 22, 22:11       Re: oye.. Prez
  51. Jul 21, 22:26     Re: oye.. Beamer
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