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  • #46
    Originally posted by chithanh View Post
    So any performance issues with Mir will possibly translate to performance issues in Xmir.
    The problem is Valve's too, because Ubuntu is their preferred distro. And by extension, it becomes AMD's and NVidia's problem to make Mir perform well on their hardware, or else Xmir won't perform well, and thus Steam may not perform well.
    The same way Canonical changed its mind respect Mir several times (fixed protocol, not fixed protocol, etc), Valve is free to change its mind when Mir is out there if they consider Mir unsuitable (or the need to support X greater than the need to support Mir, and supporting both is considered too much burden).

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    • #47
      Originally posted by chithanh View Post
      The problem is Valve's too, because Ubuntu is their preferred distro.
      It is an easy problem for them to solve: change their preferred distro. The fact that they claim right now Ubuntu is the easiest to target, doesn't mean they are forced to stick with Ubuntu if it starts causing them trouble down the road.

      Originally posted by chithanh View Post
      And by extension, it becomes AMD's and NVidia's problem to make Mir perform well on their hardware, or else Xmir won't perform well, and thus Steam may not perform well.
      That is only an issue if steam on Linux becomes a major source of revenue for them. So far it isn't.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by TheBlackCat View Post
        It is an easy problem for them to solve: change their preferred distro. The fact that they claim right now Ubuntu is the easiest to target, doesn't mean they are forced to stick with Ubuntu if it starts causing them trouble down the road.
        Valve may stick a different distro into their Steam box, that is true. However, Ubuntu and its derivatives have all but marginalized the other desktop distros. So any change in distro support is going to be a tough sell.
        I give to you that not all Ubuntu derivatives are going to follow to Mir, so some uncertainty remains here.
        Originally posted by TheBlackCat View Post
        That is only an issue if steam on Linux becomes a major source of revenue for them. So far it isn't.
        If you read the Phoronix article I linked in a previous post, NVidia already cares about Steam gaming performance on Linux:
        Originally posted by http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=nvidia_r310_linux
        This week NVIDIA began advertising their new "R310" Linux graphics driver that "delivers [a] massive performance boost to Linux gaming" as a result of Valve releasing their Steam Linux Beta.
        I think you can't get more explicit than that.

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