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  • #16
    I don't like this jumping to conclusions too fast. Remember where that got us with Unreal Tournament 3?

    Maybe Valve is just keeping the option open until Linux has a decent graphics and audio stack (maybe two years from now)?

    Also, Steam coming to Linux isn't a big deal at all. You would be stuck with the same games we now have for Linux. It would be different if they would port their source engine games.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by MaestroMaus View Post
      I don't like this jumping to conclusions too fast. Remember where that got us with Unreal Tournament 3?

      Maybe Valve is just keeping the option open until Linux has a decent graphics and audio stack (maybe two years from now)?

      Also, Steam coming to Linux isn't a big deal at all. You would be stuck with the same games we now have for Linux. It would be different if they would port their source engine games.
      You can bet every penny that if (when) Steam will come to Linux, the Source engine and its games will also come. Valve is a company that just... seriously it would be the case. Also if (when) this is happening, than Valve will be fully supporting this, and probably asking publishers to port their games, like they do with *all* publishers (which is pretty much the whole pc game industry nowadays) at the moment to have them port their games to Mac.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by xir_ View Post
        what would this mean really though? just some games on linux. If the unwashed mases start to use linux where can a geek go.
        Bait taken.

        1. There's always BSD and other super-niche desktop OSes.
        2. If you're only using Linux as a status symbol, you're using it for the wrong reasons.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
          Trust Linux users to dissect an unreleased binary.

          Valve is probably thinking to maintain their stranglehold on digital distribution. It doesn't mean they will release Linux versions of their games right away but it does mean that 3rd parties will be able to use Steam to deliver (commercial) software on all relevant desktop platforms.

          I believe (and hope) that Valve will actually port their games over once Steam/Linux reaches some critical install base.
          I think they are already porting their games if they suspect Linux will hit a viable usage number any time soon. They obviously don't want a competitor to steal their thunder.

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          • #20
            Let's just hope ML's sources are right. Not sure I want to wait til June, but it's waay better than never.

            Regardless, the fact that these files are there shores things up well enough.

            They're working on it, at least.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by xir_ View Post
              what would this mean really though? just some games on linux. If the unwashed mases start to use linux where can a geek go.
              You seem like a good fit for OpenBSD.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by waucka View Post
                You seem like a good fit for OpenBSD.
                No man he needs to install netbsd (runs on anything) on a sparcstation .... or his toaster.

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                • #23
                  It could be that this client is just for valve in-house purposes as linux world of warcraft client is at blizzard.

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                  • #24
                    It would be nice to play source games without needing to reboot into that other OS... They have OpenGL 3.3/4 and OpenAL already. 64 bit binaries would be nice too.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Artemis3 View Post
                      It would be nice to play source games without needing to reboot into that other OS... They have OpenGL 3.3/4 and OpenAL already. 64 bit binaries would be nice too.
                      Do they actually have 64 bit binaries on Windows?

                      EDIT: that is, I kinda doubt Linux will get 64 bit binaries if even Windows doesn't
                      Beat that damn 1 min edit window! :P

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                      • #26
                        Let's slow down a bit

                        This is certainly great news. Let's not forget though, that for a company like Valve, development of their games cross-platform is only half the issue. Supporting them after release is just as much of a concern, and they may or may not hold off until they've got a solid grip on how to handle that sort of stuff.
                        That being said, with Mac already gaining official traction, it looks like there's definitely a strong possibility that this is going to happen. As their users and potential customers, we should keep asking and making our interest clear. Only when they see the potential benefit to Valve as a company are they going to go full steam ahead, so to speak.
                        Personally, I think it will not only be good for the operating systems as gaming platforms, but also for Valve - this can open up a game market on both the Mac and Linux platforms, and Valve would be the first, and for a long while the only, big player to operate in it. Remember, a few years ago nobody thought Steam would ever reach >25M active users - on the 'dead' PC gaming platform, no less.
                        Today, all the big publishers are kicking themselves for not doing it first.

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                        • #27
                          I will certainly buy the orange box Linux version if it becomes available... and... dare I hope, Portal2?

                          Bah, I guess we should just wait and see.

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                          • #28
                            Have Michael (or anyone else) been in contact with Valve?

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                            • #29
                              ocuh ..can you guys connect to the steam forums ? i fear their servers are heavily overloaded..no go for me..timeouts..

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                              • #30
                                I think this news is little late. April 1st was 21 days ago :P

                                But if this is real, then valve can be sure I'll buy some games from them.

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