Linked by Debjit on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 21:16 UTC
Games A rumor has been going around for about four months now that Valve is coming out with a Linux version of Steam and had a lot of people in the Linux community very excited. However Valve have officially killed the rumor. And it is not what people wants to hear - there is no Linux version of Steam in development.
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RE[2]: Does it have to be Steam?
by ndrw on Tue 24th Aug 2010 14:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Does it have to be Steam?"
ndrw
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Well, I see you found answers to all your questions. :-)

Just for completeness, yes, I though about initiatives like Ubuntu One (although its focus is more on "cloud" than an online store and it is limited to a single vendor).

For distribution of commercial software such a "web store" should have more features. Things like portable (between vendors) and stable installation ABI, uniform package format, well supported subset of basic libraries, built-in or online licensing servers, perhaps even optional DRM.

There is quite a lot of commercial software for Linux (the company I used to work before spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on CAD software licenses alone), but it usually follows "Windows" model of software installation augmented with a fair amount of shell scripting hackery. A "web store" could make lives of people producing and using such software much easier.

Just to make it clear: it has nothing to do with opensource software repositories. Both models of software distribution simply have different requirements and are subject to different tradeoffs. For example, opensource software isn't nearly as sensitive to platform fragmentation as software distributed in a binary form (all it needs is a backward compatible API and work of distributors to recompile all the packages).

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