Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Sep 2013 21:44 UTC
Games

Gabe Newell, the co-founder and managing director of Valve, said today that Linux is the future of gaming despite the minuscule share of the market it has today.

That seems hard to believe, given that Newell acknowledged Linux gaming generally accounts for less than one percent of the market by any measure including players, player minutes, and revenue. But Valve is going to do its best to make sure Linux becomes the future of gaming by extending its Steam distribution platform to hardware designed for living rooms.

"Half-Life 3 - SteamBox/Linux exclusive". There, chicken and egg problem solved.

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SteamOS Anyone?
by saidge@yahoo.com on Mon 16th Sep 2013 23:36 UTC
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Somehow I wouldn't be surprised if they took a cue from Google and created their own Linux based 'Steam' OS that was as different from GNU/Linux as Android is.

Edited 2013-09-16 23:36 UTC

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RE: SteamOS Anyone?
by ssokolow on Tue 17th Sep 2013 00:11 in reply to "SteamOS Anyone?"
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2010-01-21

Somehow I wouldn't be surprised if they took a cue from Google and created their own Linux based 'Steam' OS that was as different from GNU/Linux as Android is.


Except that the big difference with Android is that they use their own quirky libc and graphics stack, which complicates the process of running Dalvik apps on regular Linux or glibc+X11 apps on Android.

Dalvik itself isn't fundamentally different from what happened with the ABI and VM Sun cooked up for Java apps in their attempt to achieve "write once, run anywhere".

Given all the games already ported and released for the glibc+X11 stack via Steam for Linux, it wouldn't be very smart to expect developers to release yet MORE builds of their games.

Edited 2013-09-17 00:11 UTC

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RE[2]: SteamOS Anyone?
by lucas_maximus on Tue 17th Sep 2013 20:05 in reply to "RE: SteamOS Anyone?"
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I think it was because glibc maintainers are difficult to work with being one of the primary reasons.

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RE: SteamOS Anyone?
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 17th Sep 2013 04:15 in reply to "SteamOS Anyone?"
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2006-09-01

They could do something like ChromeOS, which is a build of Gentoo with lots of Google sauce on top.

It's really more important for them to be as vanilla as possible so they can capture users of other distros. I like running Fedora, and I'm not particularly inclined to run Ubuntu. I would check out Steam if there was a client for it.*

*(I haven't actually looked into this. There might be a package for this somewhere.)

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RE[2]: SteamOS Anyone?
by allanregistos on Wed 18th Sep 2013 04:32 in reply to "RE: SteamOS Anyone?"
allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

They could do something like ChromeOS, which is a build of Gentoo with lots of Google sauce on top.

It's really more important for them to be as vanilla as possible so they can capture users of other distros. I like running Fedora, and I'm not particularly inclined to run Ubuntu. I would check out Steam if there was a client for it.*

*(I haven't actually looked into this. There might be a package for this somewhere.)

It's important to know that they are working the Linux Steam client at day one on top of Ubuntu 12.04. It makes sense, rather than using Gentoo. You may argue along the lines of technical superiority or whatsoever, but business is business, even if you have computer scientists at your disposal, it makes sense to use a linux distro with a commercial backup. The point is your scientists needs to focus on the job(Steam), and not to be distracted by customizing the OS(unless of course for dev tools) which is a total waste of time.

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