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It's Official: Valve Releasing Steam, Source Engine For Linux!
I haven't heard anything that indicates that this is "confirmed", although, if I recall correctly Running With Scissors said they will hopefully have a Linux version for Postal III, can you back up this statement?
Yeah, there hasn't been any official news of it except a Wiki entry and some comments. Unfortunately, I can't really tell you who told me and I know it sounds like B.S (say it if you want), but rest assured it IS going on. Once the client is announced, I'll spill my guts happily. We might get that announcement at the end of the year, but that may be too soon; 2012 will probably be a better year for it.
GABE @ 02:13: I don't think that our motivation is to delay the next Half-Life game. I think one of the things that’s useful for people to, at least understand is: Whenever you are trying to figure out what we are doing, it's useful to know we have way too many things to do than people to do them. So we’re always sorta measuring things in terms of trade-offs; so we look at how much time something will take versus how many of our customers it’ll benefit. So for example on Linux, we obviously would like to have a Linux client and we’d like to have our games running on Linux, a lot of our--- I mean our servers run on Linux, so we’ve been supporting Linux since ‘98 in terms of having server support, but whenever we look at that we have to compare that with "Okay, well we can spend that time making the Mac version better, or the Windows version better, or the 360". Recently we started supporting the PS3, and for us that decision was mainly motivated by Sony's willingness to be more open than the console companies have traditionally been around being an internet client. And to us that seemed like something we should really get behind, that sorta tipped us over in terms of doing a PS3 version. But that's the thing that we’re always faced with. It's not "What would we like to do?" it's “What five things would we give up in order to do the one thing we are able to do?”. And that is the constant frustration we have is, there are only so many hours in the day, and we'd love to be doing all those things simultaneously.
So I guess all the hype regarding Steam for Linux have finally come to an end?
-> We won't see a Steam client for Linux before they think it benefits themselves more than doing something else. This could most likely turn into years.
Originally posted by Phoronix Snippet
There's still some Dampfnudel to be eaten and while they may not make it as good as the Bavarians do, there's some interesting recipes in Bellevue.
So in essence he's been saying what some people have been saying for ages, Valve won't release a client until there's enough demand (sales) for it.
I didn't get that as the takeaway message at all. To me, it seemed he was saying that it would take time to expand to another platform and they're spread pretty thin. But I agree that things are looking kind of grim.