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  • #16
    I'm tempering my enthusiasm a bit as I still think it's going to be hard to get developers off of DirectX, especially if they can't make a business case for supporting Linux. (Well... I guess the PS3 games are in OpenGL, but even Rage didn't make it to Linux.) And if Valve pushes too hard, the publishers could certainly look into alternative distribution channels, e.g. the Windows store will be pretty established within a year I suppose.

    Now if there was going to be some kind of Linux-based Steam console box, then that would give devs a lot of incentive to come over. Then I think things could really take off.

    Otherwise I suspect Steam will have some kind of way of launching Windows games with Wine or something like that.


    It's too bad they don't have any kind of long-distance / volunteer work, as I certainly have plenty of free time.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Michael View Post
      You do know that Ubuntu isn't my most favorite distribution? It's covered the most on Phoronix since it's the most widely used distribution on the desktop/enthusiast side and thus brings in the most traffic, but I have plenty of things I don't like about Ubuntu, etc.
      My only point was that 99% of Phoronix coverage revolves around Ubuntu (or runs on top of ubuntu) - asking you to send Valve a message that they should be supporting non-Ubuntu distros seems a little funny to me.

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      • #18
        Yet another obviously fake "Valve supports Linux" article by Michael

        It's shocking that Michael is so desperate for advertisement revenue that he would hack Valve's servers and plant a fake Linux blog. Obviously he is working for M$ and just writes these articles to make Linux users look like delusional fanboys.


        (I'm just filling in for the doubters that seem to be absent. Is my trolling good? )

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        • #19
          Originally posted by jhansonxi View Post
          It's shocking that Michael is so desperate for advertisement revenue that he would hack Valve's servers and plant a fake Linux blog. Obviously he is working for M$ and just writes these articles to make Linux users look like delusional fanboys.


          (I'm just filling in for the doubters that seem to be absent. Is my trolling good? )
          Whoops, sorry I'm late.

          This is what you people consider proof? Really? Some nameless dev BLOGGING about steam on Linux? Do you believe everything you read on a blog? Escpecialy when it's made by someone too cowardly to even sign it? Until valve changes their homepage (http://store.steampowered.com/) to nothing except for the words "We are going to release steam on Linux - Gabe", then I think we should remain, at best, skeptical.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by KameZero View Post
            Whoops, sorry I'm late.

            This is what you people consider proof? Really? Some nameless dev BLOGGING about steam on Linux? Do you believe everything you read on a blog? Escpecialy when it's made by someone too cowardly to even sign it? Until valve changes their homepage (http://store.steampowered.com/) to nothing except for the words "We are going to release steam on Linux - Gabe", then I think we should remain, at best, skeptical.
            Exactly! It's not "official" just because somebody said it on teh Interwebs. Web site addresses are extreamly easy to spoof you know? It's obvius that michael is trolling everbody becaws he want to generate teh #1 best revenoo time dollerz.

            But on a serious note, I can't help but notice that the loyal opposition seems subdued. Awfully strange (and yes, the rest of us have earned the right to mercilessly mock you), but it's possible that I might be embarrassed into silence too after making the kinds of noises that were made. However I like to think I would be honest enough to publicly admit I was a douche. Hell, maybe they thought they'd be dead before this landed on their face.

            I wonder, what wine goes with crow? Can anybody help me out?

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            • #21
              I seriously can't wait for Counter-Strike GO on Linux!

              Valve kicks ass.

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              • #22
                Awesome, so this is the thread where we make fun of those that kept denying the mounting evidence of Steam on linux?

                Originally posted by Larian View Post
                I wonder, what wine goes with crow? Can anybody help me out?
                Perhaps some of this? http://www.wineexperience.cc/horse.html

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Kamikaze View Post
                  Awesome, so this is the thread where we make fun of those that kept denying the mounting evidence of Steam on linux?



                  Perhaps some of this? http://www.wineexperience.cc/horse.html
                  Oh my god I just shit myself laughing!

                  I mean ... uh ...

                  ... excellent choice, sir.

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                  • #24
                    LOL yes, I think Micheal has some really deserved 'I told you so!'s to pass out to those who mocked him for such a long time.

                    Personally I'm not all over the moon regarding this mainly becuase I'm pretty content with the Humble Bundle offerings myself but I'm still happy as this has the potential to lower the barrier of entry for Linux in general and also as chances are this will benefit my use of Linux in some way other than game availability which as mentioned isn't really that big of a deal for me.

                    And while I can definitely symphatize with those who has wanted to see this for a long time, I've certainly never understood the motivation of those who so vehemently denied this could possibly be true, it's as if the idea of this happening would disrupt their way of life.

                    Also, despite being certain that Valve really likes Linux (they've used it in-house for very long from what I gather), I'm guessing the big reason for them venturing outside of the major desktop markets (Windows in particular) is that Microsoft and Apple will threaten their market with their own desktop app-stores which will be very hard for Valve to compete with in the long run.

                    Anyway, whatever the reason it's good news for Linux, so thumbs up Valve!

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                    • #25
                      To make me unpopular in this thread, now I would say that it's "official" that Valve will make Steam on Linux. Previous posts on this site over the last years were, and still are, incorrect. After reading Valve's official post, they only decided to investigate support sometime last year.

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                      • #26
                        There is a distinct lack of celebration in this thread :P But then it makes sense, as those who believed Michael are not surprised by this, while those who didn't are too embarrassed to show their face.

                        About the blog post, it's good to hear that they are indeed planning to port other games to Linux, and not just use it as a stepping stool for a steambox or so. And that they'll support different distributions.

                        That said, I still hate Steam with a passion, as much as any other form of DRM, but it will be useful for bringing non-DRM games to Linux, too, so I'm happy with the development regardless.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by TobiSGD View Post
                          Nice! I hope they will make native 64 bit ports, not 32 bit multilib crap.
                          I guess it depends much about the windows and mac client. If they dont have 64 client on those the change it would be 64 is very slim

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by jhansonxi View Post
                            It's shocking that Michael is so desperate for advertisement revenue that he would hack Valve's servers and plant a fake Linux blog. Obviously he is working for M$ and just writes these articles to make Linux users look like delusional fanboys.


                            (I'm just filling in for the doubters that seem to be absent. Is my trolling good? )
                            thank's for the laugh!

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                            • #29
                              Great! I hope that the other distributions support come short after the beta testing and in place on official release. I want to play it on my Debian

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Dehir View Post
                                I guess it depends much about the windows and mac client. If they dont have 64 client on those the change it would be 64 is very slim
                                That would be a shame. We have 2012, I don't see the point at all in running 32 bit software on a 6-core machine with 16GB RAM and I don't want to pollute my pure 64 bit install with 32 bit libs. If they only make a 32 bit client I think I will go for triple boot: Windows, Linux for gaming (32 bit with PAE kernel), Linux for serious work (64 bit).

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