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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Not to mention that if even for the sake of argument Steam WAS coming to Linux frankly other than the valve titles and some indies it would be doubtful that it would be anything like the full version on Windows. I mean seriously think about how much work it would take to either port those AAA titles or to wrap them in some sort of Wine wrapper, and that doesn't even take into account how many of the games on Steam use Steam+ some sort of other DRM, SecuROM and TAGES seeming to be the most popular although I've run into a few GFWL as well.

In the end having Steam on Linux will be a LOT of work for very little reward, its pretty common knowledge that 3D graphics drivers, which frankly aren't the greatest of code or the most stable thing to start with, aren't exactly great on Linux anyway and due to the huge number of different distros trying to support in on even a few would be a LOT of work, and in the end frankly anybody on Linux would probably be better off dual booting and having access to the entire Steam store than dealing with all the work and hassles just to get some game using D3D to OpenGL translation and getting a speed hit because of it.

The more likely rumor (Still doubtful but more possible) is the "Steambox" idea as they could "pull a TiVo" by locking down the Linux based OS with code signing (thus meaning they only have to support their own custom version on hardware they chose) which would also solve the DRM problem and probably get a lot more publishers onboard.

But a Steambox would at least be something they could control as far as hardware and direction, Linux with the DEs all undergoing major rewrites and the whole pulseaudio mess and the graphics driver issues is in too much of a state of flux ATM for Steam on Linux to be a great idea, maybe when things have settled down and the new DEs are as stable as the previous ones were but not now.

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