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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Well Ubuntu based distributions that wold be the core target audience of any company making games for Linux makes it pretty dead simple to install the closed source drivers via the Additional Drivers applet. Makes it pretty seemless to install and update the drivers to the versions tested to work on Ubuntu and derivatives like Mint, Studio and Kubuntu.

The Gallium3D drivers though do offer allot more in terms of features, but support for newer OpenGL and OpenCL versions isn't there yet and allot of things have to be added in from Git to have all of the currently available features and performance enhancements that have yet to be merged.

With AMD dropping support for their DirectX 10/OpenGL3.3 class hardware in Catalyst Control Center after 12.7 for Windows as well as Linux we'll hopefully see a fire lit under the Gallium3D devs to get things in order for the merge windows of the fall distributions.

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