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Look at how incredibly powerful Steam is for gaming and for various platforms (Mac, Linux for example). I would imagine now that the number of games for Linux will increase because of Steam for Linux.
That Valve has waited this long to get into Linux, Ubuntu is at least 7 years old and has done incredible things for Linux in 7 years, is a bit questioning of their true vision for it. Valve has not touched Linux in 15 years, and now only when they feel threatened by another company, do they support Linux not even because they like it, but because they see financial/market share success with it.
They didn’t care for Linux when it struggled and slowly but surely became popular (except to run their servers on, and generate their billions of dollars with).
Now they are bringing their DRM and closed control of gaming to an open platform, which stands for the opposite of what Steam does in many ways: freedom to do what you want to with it. Steam takes away this freedom, and you play/manage your games the way somebody else wants you to. Linux stands for exactly the opposite of this!!
Add to the above comment, that I bet Steam/valve could have done incredibly things for Linux back as far as early 2000s, yet they (and most others) ignored it. Frustrating for those who have used it for many years!
Well Steam is a choice, I’m extremely pro Linux and open source but I don’t see Steam coming to Linux as anything other then a great thing.
Linux gives you freedom, the kernel/distro is what matters, if you find Steam violates your principles, don’t use it. That’s what freedom is. Personally, as long as the platform is free I’m happy.
The first step to an open source nirvana is getting everyone using your platform, Steam won’t stop you being able to play open source games, but will enable people to play Counterstrike natively, some of us having been waiting for this moment for ever :)
Because he has been involved in more Linux ports of games than probably any other man alive? Because he is still one of the leading figures of the industry? We are supposed to ignore him because of some stupid decision Epic’s part?
Ryan Gordon is a hero to the Linux community, and so is Gabe/Valve. As a long-time Linux user, Valve has earned my business and loyalty for years to come.
Who cares if they are only interested in profit? They are a business and businesses need to make money to continue to exist.
For those that are worried about Steam and DRM, most of the non-Valve games will be available outside of Steam. So if you would rather buy games off the company’s website, or from other sources (e.g. Desura), in most cases you should be able to.