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[3]: Does it have to be Steam?
by Zifre on Wed 25th Aug 2010 15:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Does it have to be Steam?"
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The LSB has been good for server development but for desktop applications there are too many areas where distros conflict.

It's true that closed source desktop applications (e.g. a word processor) are hard to do. But that's because they have a lot of dependencies. The biggest choice is Gtk+ or Qt, because they do not 100% integrate as people will tell you.

However, closed source games are pretty easy to do, because there are a lot less dependencies. Admittedly, it's not quite as easy as Mac OS X. But if you spend six months developing a game (using cross platform libraries, obviously), is it really that hard to spend a few extra days to get it to run on Linux? The main problem I see is market share. Nobody wants to spend any effort at all for a platform with 1% market share.

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