Linked by Debjit on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 21:16 UTC
Games A rumor has been going around for about four months now that Valve is coming out with a Linux version of Steam and had a lot of people in the Linux community very excited. However Valve have officially killed the rumor. And it is not what people wants to hear - there is no Linux version of Steam in development.
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RE[5]: Too bad.
by nt_jerkface on Tue 24th Aug 2010 18:28 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Too bad."
nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

Just look at id software. They managed to release all their major games without any trouble (they have only one guy responsible for Linux porting in their team).

Funny how you mentioned iD because it was Loki that brought Quake 3 to Linux and they later went bankrupt trying to sell games to Linux users.

I understand that for a major publisher there is marginal business sense in supporting the Linux platform. It's just not for technical reasons but for how the OS market currently works.


So Linux is just as easy to target as OS X?

Just because Linux occasionally gets a port does not mean that the often complained about technical issues do not exist. Testing alone is a major issue with Linux due to all the different disros and versions. Packaging / static linking is also a major issue when compared to OS X.

I think a blog post from a developer who brought his game to Linux gives better insight:
http://www.hemispheregames.com/2010/05/18/porting-osmos-to-linux-a-...

or the infamous Braid post on porting to Linux:
http://braid-game.com/news/?p=364

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