Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 22:53 UTC
Games Yesterday Phoronix showed proof of Steam's Linux client existence via its Mac OS X launcher that is currently in closed beta, then this morning they showed further signs of Linux support. Since 2008 it was known that Steam and the Source Engine would come to Linux. As an update, they even pointed out the download link for the Steam Linux binary from their store.
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RE: Steam, Smoke, Hot Air . . .
by steogede2 on Sat 24th Apr 2010 10:52 UTC in reply to "Steam, Smoke, Hot Air . . ."
steogede2
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El_Exigente, I think you made some very good points, but I would like to play devil's advocate for a moment:
* These people who are in favour, already use Steam on Windows. Some of them paying for and installing Windows, purely to play games on Steam. They may not like Steam, but it is they only way to play some of the games they like (without resorting to "piracy").
* 'Software freedom' is not every Linux users primary motive for using Windows. There are plenty of reasons using Linux, 'software freedom' is jut one.
* Even if 'software freedom' is the main reason - it won't necessarily influence all uses of their computer. In some scenarios open source and software freedom make all the difference (a closed model could never make something like Drupal for instance) - in other case it is more ethereal. For example, I have never sold a game, so that freedom doesn't matter to me greatly - even though at an intellectual level, I think it is very important and I think that the way Steam (and many others) use DRM should be outlawed.
* They are looking at the bigger picture, they see that if Steam supports Linux and lots of people use it, hardware support could increase. More independents might release games for Linux and they could then support them.

I think a point that most of those in favour seem to be ignoring is that even if Steam comes to Linux - it won't be all games, it probably won't even be many games. That said it is still probably a step in the right direction. I just hope it isn't going to be another Unreal Tournament 3 or Neverwinter Nights.

Edited 2010-04-24 11:08 UTC

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