Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Dec 2013 18:06 UTC
Linux

"Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming," Mike Sartain, a key member of the Linux team at Valve said. "Through these efforts we hope to contribute tools for developers building new experiences on Linux, compel hardware manufacturers to prioritize support for Linux, and ultimately deliver an elegant and open platform for Linux users."

Mark my words: Valve will do for Linux gaming what Android did for Linux mobile. Much crow will be eaten by naysayers in a few years.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by Novan_Leon on Wed 4th Dec 2013 20:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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2005-12-07

I actually think the initial reception of the SteamOS/Steam Machine platform will be very poor.

Valve has always followed the slow-and-steady approach, but they always have a well-defined vision and the patience to stand behind their vision until it comes to fruition. Steam was originally considered a failure, a step-back, but after a couple years people began to warm up to it as Valve slowly-but-surely continued to improve it. I expect something similar to happen with the SteamOS/Steam Machines.

Edited 2013-12-04 20:54 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by Ultimatebadass on Wed 4th Dec 2013 21:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
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2006-01-08

The difference is that steam in its infancy days had no real competition. In the os market there are already better alternatives for people to turn to, so if it fails to impress it's not going to last. We'll see, i'm anxious to see what kind of waves (if any) can it generate among AAA publishers.

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by WereCatf on Wed 4th Dec 2013 22:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
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2006-02-15

I actually think the initial reception of the SteamOS/Steam Machine platform will be very poor.


I have to agree. It'll probably at first only be adopted by Linux-supporters and those kinds of gamers who are already into tech and aren't afraid of using not-quite-ready stuff. It's not a bad place to start, though, since it means you're much more likely to get actually useful feedback, bug-fixes and whatnot in return without all the Average Janes and Joes overwhelming your support lines with nonsensical stuff. In my experience Linux is still severely lacking in all sorts of scenarios and it'll take time for Valve to come around and find a fix for it all, but the feedback may help them with focusing on the most important things first or help them find the most effective solution.

SteamOS and Steamboxes aren't meant as replacements for Windows or regular PCs, they're meant to supplement them, so Valve isn't really in any particular need to hit the ground running and can just focus on things in the long run.

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by Ultimatebadass on Thu 5th Dec 2013 09:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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2006-01-08

It's not a bad place to start


I'd argue that it is. This is why we're still waiting (well, not really) for that mythical "year of the desktop linux". Most people don't like using half-assed things, and being "free" is no argument for this particular target group.

Valve is a big-ish company, it's not some group of enthustiasts pushing out a new linux distro. Relying on customers for beta-testing is a shit way to handle things.

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