Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Apr 2012 18:23 UTC, submitted by Radio
Games "I am still struck by just how interested Valve is in Linux as a platform; it is certainly beyond my original expectations. This Linux work just is not some half-assed attempt by them to make it look like they are a Linux-friendly organization. Gabe's vision to support, embrace, and promote Linux are amazing, assuming they execute, which looks to be very high probability at this point." Nice scoop from Phoronix. Seems to all tie in quite well with the prospect of a Steambox running Linux.
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Windows 8 app store model undercuts Steam
by skandalfo on Thu 26th Apr 2012 22:04 UTC
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They have no choice but to try to make Steam independent from Windows. Once Windows 8 ships "bundling" Microsoft's own application store, Windows PC gamers will have a different distribution infrastructure installed by default.

Guess who the publishers will go with, moreover if Microsoft's shop is integrated with the operating system's DRM and supported by a hardware TPM module.

The pity is that I think they're late to this game. It would take way more time bringing PC gamers (and hardware makers) from Windows to Linux than it'll take Microsoft to destroy Steam.

Another lesson for people making their business depend on the Redmond company.

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