At last, valve confirms what geeks have been waiting for in a long time: Steam for Linux! A big step for Linux, and one hell of a kick in the nuts for Microsoft. With Steam on Linux, why wouldn’t you pick a free operating system in constant development by enthusiast caring about the users. Once Steam engine is released unto Linux, games will surely follow the lead.
A huge problem with Linux as it is right now, is the lousy game support offered because of lacking Linux game developers. You have to run most games through Wine, or another windows emulator – and as we know emulators is a no go. Once Steam is on Linux, the situation changes, then afterwards what would stop you from installing Ubuntu or Linux Mint unto your machine? FOR FREE!
Time to shine Linux, time to die Windows…
Off course it would take a major screw-up by Microsoft, but for what we’ve seen and read about Windows 8 – they might just give Linux the advantage on the PC market. If you take a look through the history of Windows they’ve followed a pattern of successive/non successive operating systems:
- Windows 95 = Not successive
- Windows 98 = Successive
- Windows ME = Not successive
- Windows XP = Successive
- Windows Vista = Not successive
- Windows 7 = Successive
- Windows 8 = Not successive??
The timing could not have been any more perfect, just months after the official release of Windows 8 costumer preview a working version of L4D2 appeared on Linux. People were raging over the costumer preview that Microsoft released, the new interface sucks and their logo looks like something a 5 year old have painted.
Perhaps it’s a little prejudging to say that everyone will flee to Linux, but it seems Valve is counting on it. And taking a look at the most popular Linux OS, they’re all getting updates these next couple of months (perhaps to prepare for battle?).
Valve recently confirmed a “open based Steam Box video game console platform” in development. Steam is a engine for games, but not a hardware or OS developer, so they might use Linux to help them develop this new machine. For them to join forces on this project, seems like a very good idea.Denied development:
I think a lot of gamers and everyday users will change to Linux when valve releases Steam, including me. Take a look at the pros for Linux:
- Open based system (constantly developed)
- Small requirements
- Multiple OS to choose from (competition = more development)
- Universal development throughout all Linux based OS.
Message to Microsoft; Prepare yourselves, this might get ugly.