Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Dec 2013 00:14 UTC
Games

As promised, Valve has released the first test release of SteamOS. From the FAQ:

SteamOS is a fork (derivative) of Debian GNU/Linux. The first version (SteamOS 1.0) is called 'alchemist' and it is based on the Debian 'wheezy' (stable 7.1) distribution.

The major changes made in SteamOS are:

  • Backported eglibc 2.17 from Debian testing
  • Added various third-party drivers and updated graphics stack (Intel and AMD graphics support still being worked on)
  • Updated kernel tracking the 3.10 longterm branch (currently 3.10.11)
  • Custom graphics compositor designed to provide a seamless transition between Steam, its games and the SteamOS system overlay
  • Configured to auto-update from the Valve SteamOS repositories

You need to have an NVIDIA card for it to work, since Intel and AMD graphics are currently not yet supported (work is underway).

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Novan_Leon
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2005-12-07

That seems like a narrow-minded philosophy to me.

Corporations are just groups of people and trusting corporations is approximately the same as trusting people. You may give them the benefit of the doubt or you may be skeptical in the beginning, but over time you begin to learn who is trustworthy and who isn't. If you trust the wrong ones or trust any of them to an unreasonable degree, you get burned and you need to re-evaluate your own judgement. It really isn't complicated.

The problem most people have is they place unrealistic expectations on corporations (and people) to act and behave a certain way and are burned when their expectations aren't met. They feel like their trust has been betrayed when, in reality, their trust was misplaced or unreasonable to begin with.

Edited 2013-12-16 17:07 UTC

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Corporations are just groups of people and trusting corporations is approximately the same as trusting people.


Not quite. With most large corporations the stockholders are the people in charge and stockholders generally buy the damn stocks only for one purpose -- to make money. That makes them an untrustworthy bunch from the get-go.

Now, contrast the above with privately-owned companies like e.g. Valve; there's a single person or only a few who are at charge and who can steer the ship any direction they want. They don't need to steer the ship solely with profit-generation in mind if they don't wish to and can instead pursue things based on their own, personal morals, ethics and goals in mind. Gabe Newell is an idealist, he still refuses to list his company, he insists on holding the reins and doing what he deems right, and that's quite a different path for the whole company to operate on.

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Novan_Leon Member since:
2005-12-07

Not quite. With most large corporations the stockholders are the people in charge and stockholders generally buy the damn stocks only for one purpose -- to make money. That makes them an untrustworthy bunch from the get-go.


You say that, but IMHO this only makes them easier to understand. Stockholders are people too. They're only untrustworthy if you're trusting them to do something that is inconsistent with their primary motivation of making money. Someone may have an aversion to profit-centric organizations, but this is different from being untrustworthy. Their expectations just need to be adjusted accordingly.

Edited 2013-12-16 21:13 UTC

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Gabe Newell is an idealist, he still refuses to list his company, he insists on holding the reins and doing what he deems right, and that's quite a different path for the whole company to operate on.

Is there a good reason to? I find it difficult to understand why so many companies are listed? Seems to me it is only handy to get a lot of money in a short time so you can expand. But if you already have a billion...

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