Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Oct 2012 23:34 UTC
Games I'm not 100% sure this is actually word-for-word, but alas. "In a presentation at Ubuntu Developer Summit currently going on in Denmark, Drew Bliss from Valve said that Linux is more viable than Windows 8 for gaming. Windows 8 ships with its own app store and it is moving away from an open platform model." I feel like a broken record by now but here we go again: keep an eye on Valve, even if you're not into games. This is the company pushing NVIDIA and AMD to improve their Linux support, with enough clout and name to actually get stuff done. Valve doesn't mess around.
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RE[7]: It's a Valve's game
by lucas_maximus on Thu 1st Nov 2012 15:06 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: It's a Valve's game"
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

Windows != MacOSX.

It is a completely different ecosystem and userbase.

Edited 2012-11-01 15:06 UTC

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RE[8]: It's a Valve's game
by galvanash on Thu 1st Nov 2012 18:48 in reply to "RE[7]: It's a Valve's game"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Windows != MacOSX.

It is a completely different ecosystem and userbase.


Yes it is. The difference is that 6 years ago Apple laid down the law with their developers and said either get on board or get left behind. Then they followed through with it... The power balance between Apple and their developers changed drastically after that - in other words Apple took the position that THEY know best what their users want, and as a developer it is your JOB to deliver it. If you are a developer, and your idea of what you think your customers want conflicts with Apple...

You lose. Automatically.

That is WHY it is different.

Im not saying that Microsoft is definitely going to go this route. Im definitely not saying I agree with this approach. What I am saying is that the "Metro is the future" mantra MS has been preaching for the last year sounds very familiar to me... The next step will be app signing for desktop apps and putting them in the appstore. Sound familiar?

If that ends up happening (I hope it doesn't), just don't be surprised when (as a Developer) the power you hold over Microsoft to deliver things they way YOU want them evaporates. You wont matter anymore, all Microsoft will care about is the end user - developers are just a means to an end...

Microsoft has always been a company that went out of their way to cater to their developers. Metro is (imo) a distinct change in that strategy, long term at least. It is a wolf in sheep's clothing...

Maybe Im wrong. Well see I guess.

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RE[9]: It's a Valve's game
by lucas_maximus on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 20:05 in reply to "RE[8]: It's a Valve's game"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Well allowing someone to define whatever pricing model they want via the metro store I don't think is particularly restrictive.

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