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No announcement yet.
At This Rate, Don't Be Surprised If You See Steam Soon
Also Darwinia, the 'X' Series, SiN, a fair bit of Epic's back catalog...
There's so much being offered on Steam, that even if they only launched with the existing Linux ports of games on the service, they'd have a heck of a catalog. DOSBOX titles are an easy fit as well. Add to that the Valve catalog that is certain to be ported before any client launch, and the idea that there's nothing to put on the service for Linux is laughable.
That said, It doesn't appear to me that they are anywhere near the announcement stage yet, let alone beta or launch. We're going to be waiting a minute or two.
Who wants DRM crap dangling out of their arse while they try to play a DOS title or a way-back title? Who buys non-valve titles through steam is either brain sick or a masochist.
Not an emulator in the way a console emulator works. It though still hooks itself between the application and the OS providing wrappers for non-supported OS parts. It "emulates" windows as far as is required (including registry and libraries) to make the application work. I don't care what wine devs write on their software, an emulator stays an emulator no matter if it is a wrapper or all the way up to a full virtual machine.
Heh... Beat me to it, you did.
Folks, he's telling you the straight skinny there.
WINE, the library, is true to it's eponymous acronym.
WINE, the environment is NOT true to it's name. It is a framework to fake a Windows application out, thinking it's running against Windows. By definition, a virtual environment, and therefore emulation at several differing levels. Virtual machines like with VMWare or VirtualBox are high-performing emulations- but still emulations all the same. You're not native there, though you're close. The same goes for WINE. You're close in many ways, but you're still not native (Some things run faster under it, and others, nowhere near as fast, if at all...)- and you're at the whims of the vendor of your title as they don't officially support WINE (Except for a few notable exceptions like Eve Online...they just don't...not even Blizzard.) and they can apply a fix to some perceived problem and break your usage of the title under WINE- and then not shed a single tear for you. (Witness what happened with WoW and some of their "bot" prevention measures- if it wasn't for the massive uproar that ensued, they'd have written you off, guys...).
In the end, you're sending a message. You're not interested in Linux gaming- and you're emulating things while doing it.
Doubt this as Desura is up for the cake too. And in is more open than Steam and thus caters better for the Indie titles which are on Linux more important at the time being (not in the future hopefully). Especially since Indie titles have a higher chance of getting a Linux client. Steam by itself is useless since the games you get on Steam nowadays are mostly all without a Linux client.
Heh... I'd rather work with Greenhouse or someone like them than Valve, I know that much. I'm keen on seeing the AAA crowd begin to wise up here, but this stuff's not anywhere near as big a deal as what Wolfire's pulling as a PR stunt with the Humble Indie Bundle deal.