Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jul 2012 00:28 UTC
Games Valve's Gabe Newall on Linux and Windows 8: "We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It's a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we'll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that's true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality."
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Interesting but wrong
by Gullible Jones on Thu 26th Jul 2012 01:44 UTC
Gullible Jones
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2006-05-23

Microsoft has Windows 7 to fall back on. If Windows 8 is a flop, they'll go back to the old Win7 interface paradigm for the next version in the interests of maintaining their desktop monopoly. Only this time they'll brand it as a totally new thing. Maybe they'll add dynamic tiling support and claim it's their innovation, I don't know... They'll find a way to hype it somehow. Perhaps they'll split Windows into tablet and desktop editions.

Seriously though - these people did not make money by being stupid. Windows 8 is a bit on the wild and wooly side, but it's backed up by a solid product that has been a huge success. They're not going to let one wrongheaded idea eat the company.

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RE: Interesting but wrong
by Soulbender on Thu 26th Jul 2012 01:52 in reply to "Interesting but wrong"
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2005-08-18

They're not going to let one wrongheaded idea eat the company.


It wouldn't be without precedent though, if it happened.

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RE[2]: Interesting but wrong
by Gullible Jones on Thu 26th Jul 2012 02:31 in reply to "RE: Interesting but wrong"
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2006-05-23

It wouldn't, but at this point Microsoft is Too Big To Fail - as in, they are incapable of failing, barring government intervention or the collapse of civilization. They have a self-perpetuating monopoly on general-purpose desktop computing; they will become obsolete when software itself becomes obsolete.

(And yes, that's a really stupid situation, and no, I don't like it and I hope it passes. But I'm not going to fool myself into believing that's likely, either.)

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RE: Interesting but wrong
by fengshaun on Thu 26th Jul 2012 02:02 in reply to "Interesting but wrong"
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Maybe they'll add dynamic tiling support and claim it's their innovation, I don't know... They'll find a way to hype it somehow.


+1 internetz to you sir!

As an Archlinux user, I'm quite happy about Steam's decision to support linux in case Windows goes all Down's syndrome on them!

Let's face it, for a lot of us, Windows is taking up valuable space on the HDD for games!

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RE[2]: Interesting but wrong
by Gullible Jones on Thu 26th Jul 2012 02:33 in reply to "RE: Interesting but wrong"
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2006-05-23

The Linux graphics stack is going to have to shape up a bit first. And I sure as heck hope that doesn't mean forcing Wayland on everyone.

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RE[2]: Interesting but wrong
by orfanum on Thu 26th Jul 2012 12:17 in reply to "RE: Interesting but wrong"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

Would you mind moderating your language? Down's syndrome is not really available as a way of expressing your pejorative feelings about an OS.

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RE: Interesting but wrong
by atsureki on Thu 26th Jul 2012 04:56 in reply to "Interesting but wrong"
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2006-03-12

Seriously though - these people did not make money by being stupid.


That's right, they didn't. Steve Ballmer was not in charge yet.


http://www.asymco.com/2012/07/10/the-poetry-of-steve-ballmer/
http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2012/07/microsoft-downfall-e...

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