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Really, could someone from Phoronix give a statement why are you so sure that Steam is indeed coming to Linux? Cause you are like the only one in the whole internet that claims it with 100% certainty. Do you know something secret that the rest of the world is not aware of?
Because those 'proofs' of you showing some linux ifdefs here and there (in Mac client f.e.) are not proving anything. It just meant that someone was playing with it. It might have been just some single developer that got too much of his free time.
Making such statements all the time without ANY sort of proof is really bad journalism.
i can confirm the linux steam clind from a second source so for me its true the linux steam clind is coming for linux.
UT3 was fully intended to be released on Linux.
Companies do not intentionally sink resources into something that will never see the light of day, unless strictly for research purposes.
Apparently something went wrong with UT3 and we can only speculate what could have gone wrong.
ut3 used techniques of openGL3+ in a time the only openGL version for linux driver was 2.1
and ut3 used nvidia physX and 3 years ago physX do not run on linux.
today you can play ut3 on linux with wine if you have openGL3.3+
and this makes an port very easy today!!!!!! but 3 years ago wine also can not run ut3.
The thing here that gets me skeptical is the fact that there is no actual meat in this code. No X11 or GLX calls, nada. Companies like blizzard have had wine 'sandbox detection' present for a while now in games like WoW and StarCraft II (they can detect they're running under wine).
This code may be a similar sandbox detection routine, so that developers using tech similar to Blizzard's Warren (eg. : punkbuster) wont banhammer Linux users trying to play legitimately.
Theres one good thing that noone can deny about this code though: They acknowledge that we (Linux gamers) exist, and in number enough to warrant not completely ignoring us (if only in the wine 'sandbox').