8840 posts since 24/05/07
The chaps at Phoronix have confirmation from Valve that the developer are working on a Linux version of their platform-bestriding distribution system, and are even hiring new Linux developers. Phoronix have apparently spoken directly to Mr Newell, who was quite keen on the open-source platform. They report: “His level of Linux interest and commitment was incredible while his negativity for Windows 8 and the future of Microsoft was stunning. In fact, as soon as I return to my office this weekend I plan to try out Windows 8 simply to see if it’s as bad as Gabe states…” I think that says quite a lot, eh Linux fans? It’s also incredibly significant in terms of the viability of Linux as a gaming OS, and I am certain there will be an enormous amount of speculation about what that could mean.
Thanks to everyone who sent in this story. I am certain there will be more news from the horse’s mouth in the coming weeks.
3087 posts since 24/04/08
I'm not exactly hopeful just yet but this has the potential to turn me into a Linux user if true. I don't like Windows and I don't like Steam either but if Steam comes to Linux, it'll be a great day for Linux gaming anyway. I'm not sure if I have any more reasons besides games to be a Windows user even now, and with this, even that reason could be largely gone. (And yes, I know about WINE but don't exactly trust it to do the job properly for my games.)