Linked by boldingd on Tue 29th Jan 2013 23:12 UTC
Games It seems to have so far escaped OSNews' notice (if the top few hits for a site-search for 'Steam' is any indication) that Steam for Linux is now in Open Beta; you can get the Linux steam client from So far, they appear to only be making an Ubuntu .deb available, and the client will require closed-source GPU drivers in order to work.
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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by r_a_trip on Wed 30th Jan 2013 12:37 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
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Question. Do we need one? From a practical standpoint.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Wed 30th Jan 2013 15:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Question. Do we need one? From a practical standpoint.

Honestly, absolutely not. People who think everything should be open & free will tell you otherwise but of course none of those people are in the business of selling video cards (and who prefer to continue doing so).

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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Valhalla on Thu 31st Jan 2013 00:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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I don't have to think that 'everything should be open & free' in order to want to be able to use hardware I bought in the operating system of my choice.

From a practical standpoint I am stuck with functional hardware only on systems that the hardware vendor sees fit to support.

This is where open source drivers come in and are very important, if for now other reason than them preventing system lock-in.

If there were no open source drivers then systems like Linux, BSD etc would have gotten nowhere. Companies like NVidia did not support these systems from 'the get go', they only supported them once their potential customers where using said systems.

Those customers would never had been able to use said systems unless countless of open source developers had spent huge amounts of time working on open source drivers for a huge array of hardware, thus making it possible to run Linux/BSD etc.

As for wheter a 'system for commercial 3d gaming' will ever be 'truly open-source', I don't know.

Perhaps if combined cpu(s) + gpu(s) architectures like those of Intel's Haswell and onwards keep improving in performance as their drivers are fully open source.

It doesn't really matter to me though, as I don't need a 'system for commercial 3d gaming' for anything important.

Meanwhile the overall desktop market for discrete GPU's keeps shrinking, people find that they get good enough performance for their needs from the built-in graphics solutions which keep improving quite rapidly with each new hardware generation.

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