Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 22:53 UTC
Games Yesterday Phoronix showed proof of Steam's Linux client existence via its Mac OS X launcher that is currently in closed beta, then this morning they showed further signs of Linux support. Since 2008 it was known that Steam and the Source Engine would come to Linux. As an update, they even pointed out the download link for the Steam Linux binary from their store.
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Steam, Smoke, Hot Air . . .
by El_Exigente on Sat 24th Apr 2010 06:49 UTC
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First, if Steam comes to Linux, what are Linux users going to do about graphics cards and drivers. I think that Nvidia has Linux drivers, and I think that ATI hasn't, but I am not sure. Even if there are drivers, how good are they?

The other point is quite humourous. Steam is a profoundly anti-user, rights-restricting technology. You buy your game either digitally via a download, or as a physical product (dvd, cd, etc). In order to play that game, you must register it to your Steam account. Once it is registered to your Steam account, it stays registered to your Steam account and can not be transferred or unregistered. So, let us say that you buy some new and well-hyped-up game for $60. You install it and you find yourself disappointed to such a degree that you want to sell it. You can't. Or, you have a game, you play it, and, eventually, you tire of it, and you want to sell it. You can't. Or let us say you have a large collection of games that you used to, but no longer play, and which, collectively, represent a large cash investment. You decide that you would like to sell them. You can't. Steam has found what must be the Holy Grail of software developers: a way to completely eliminate any market for second-hand games! You might have the legal right to sell your unwanted movies in videotape or dvd format, and your books, and records and cds, but your games? Not anymore!

Or, to look at this from the other side: Perhaps you can not afford to spend $60 on a game. Or even $30 or $25. Do you want to save some money by buying a second-hand copy on eBay? Sorry, not allowed! If you can't pay the full retail tariff, you are out of luck. Or, if you sometimes partially defrayed the cost of your new games by selling your old games, you are also out of luck.

Selling and/or transferring of game licenses is prohibited. Selling and/or transferring of Steam accounts is prohibited. Each account must be tied to an email address. Needless to say, Steam is fully aware of any email addresses used for multiple Steam accounts. If you attempt to open a new account with an email address that Steam already has on file, it will inform you of the fact. (One other game service, possibly EA, recently changed from accounts based on screen names, to accounts based on email addresses. Steam could do that too. In fact, as doing so would only be "tightening the screws" I would have to expect them to do so.)
Steam is a *deeply* draconian drm technology.

It is interesting to see how many users of Linux, the OS made for people who [sarcasm] cherish freedom [/sarcasm], seem to think that Steam would be a great addition to their platformm even as it erodes what many thought were the rights of the consumer/end-user.

Similarly, it is interesting to see how many users of Linux, the platform which was supposedly meant to bring computing to the masses, seem to think that Steam, which helps maintain the high price of video games by making impossible the existence of a market for second-hand games, is a great addition to their platform.

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