Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Aug 2012 18:45 UTC
Games Valve has just announced it will start selling applications through Steam. "The Software titles coming to Steam range from creativity to productivity. Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you. More Software titles will be added in an ongoing fashion following the September 5th launch, and developers will be welcome to submit Software titles via Steam Greenlight." I feel like a broken record at this point, but guys and girls, Valve is going to release specifications for a 'Steambox'. A set of minimum specifications a Linux or Windows machine has to adhere to, either self-built or by an OEM. Steam pre-installed, can be used as regular PC and as a console. With Windows 8 locking itself down, this is their only option - and I applaud it.
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Denying Microsoft is working to lock Windows down entirely is short-sighted, and completely out of touch with reality.

True, but the same could be said about Apple and, despite all the "thumbs up" Valve is getting both here and around the web, the truth is that Valve is free to change their ToS at will, and since Steam is really a subscription service, if you don't agree to the new terms... puff! all your software is gone (see and in particular).

I wouldn't mind too much if it's just games that I completed and I'm non likely to play again anyway, but productivity software is another matter altogether.

Call me a pessimist, but it seems to me that we're heading slowly but surely towards a future of locked down hardware and rented software -- which just makes me appreciate open source even more.


Edited 2012-08-09 14:04 UTC

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