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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Most Windows games these days are console ports so the best the consoles can do is DirectX9.0c/OpenGL2.1 that and the fact of the matter is that there isn't all that big an improvement in what you can do graphics quality wise in DX10/OGL3, the big improvement over DX9.0c/OGL2.1 is tessellation which came out with DX11/OGL4. Thus it didn't make sense for game companies to move forward with requiring newer features as they'd have to lose compatibility with the consoles and if using DirectX Windows XP.

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