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    News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    “Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming”.
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    Re: News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    Through these efforts, we hope to ... compel hardware manufacturers to prioritize support for Linux
    *ahem* AMD *ahem*

    If Valve can genuinely persuade major game studios to invest if Linux versions of their AAA games with good hardware support from nvidia and AMD, the age of Linux might *finally* be arriving. I've known plenty of people over the years who've reluctantly admitted they have a Windows install for gaming. AAA titles running natively under SteamOS (or other linux flavour of choice) would be a pretty major step forward.

    I know linux ports aren't entirely unheard of for big games (Neverwinter Nights had a very good linux port), but to get a big name publisher so firmly behind gaming on Linux is pretty big news...

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    Re: News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    I'm happy its happening but I'm not holding my breath.

    My steam library is upto 450+ games, I would be surprised if even 20% of those get Linux ports which means I will have to keep a windows install to play them and then it comes down to, why have 2 installs when I can just run a single windows install?

    For me SteamOS is doing 2 things that I'm interested in... 1) Having a low powered streaming box in the living room to stream from my gaming windows box and 2) it will prob force M$ and a few other companies to pull a finger out and start paying attention to optimisation in current tech (DirectX for example) to complete.

    Competition in the market is always a good thing.

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    Re: News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    Hopefully this isn't Lindows all over again and actually turns into something of a competitor to Megashaft.


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    Re: News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooms View Post
    I'm happy its happening but I'm not holding my breath.
    I think there's still just too many unknowns about SteamOS etc to really get excited about it. I'm certainly intrigued though...

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    Re: News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    I know linux ports aren't entirely unheard of for big games (Neverwinter Nights had a very good linux port), but to get a big name publisher so firmly behind gaming on Linux is pretty big news...
    So far, the biggest publishers on board are Sega, 2K, and Deep Silver.

    EA are not relevant to the discussion because they are bypassing Steam to publish on Origin (so even if Origin gets a Linux port, that's not relevant to SteamOS).

    Blizzard are not relevant to the discussion because they are bypassing Steam to publish on battle.net (so even if their games get Linux ports, that's not relevant to SteamOS).

    So who does that leave as far as major PC games publishers go who *aren't* on board? Just Ubisoft and Activision?

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    Re: News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    So far, the biggest publishers on board are Sega, 2K, and Deep Silver.

    ...

    So who does that leave as far as major PC games publishers go who *aren't* on board? Just Ubisoft and Activision?
    2K ... interesting .. .Linux port of XCOM in the offing? I can dream can't I?

    Sounds like they're picking up good momentum though - all we need now is for AMD to announce Mantle for Linux (and improve their OGL driver)...

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    Re: News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    2K ... interesting .. .Linux port of XCOM in the offing? I can dream can't I?
    Yes. It's in closed beta right now. http://steamdb.info/app/200510/#section_history

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    Re: News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    2K ... interesting .. .Linux port of XCOM in the offing? I can dream can't I?
    Xcom for Linux has appeared in Steam's CDR. Obviously not official confirmation, but you may get your wish! http://news.softpedia.com/news/XCOM-...s-405435.shtml

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    Re: News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    Through these efforts, we hope to ... compel hardware manufacturers to prioritize support for Linux
    *ahem* AMD *ahem*

    If Valve can genuinely persuade major game studios to invest if Linux versions of their AAA games with good hardware support from nvidia and AMD, the age of Linux might *finally* be arriving. I've known plenty of people over the years who've reluctantly admitted they have a Windows install for gaming. AAA titles running natively under SteamOS (or other linux flavour of choice) would be a pretty major step forward.

    I know linux ports aren't entirely unheard of for big games (Neverwinter Nights had a very good linux port), but to get a big name publisher so firmly behind gaming on Linux is pretty big news...
    Valve joining is more important than any publisher.

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    Re: News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooms View Post
    My steam library is upto 450+ games, I would be surprised if even 20% of those get Linux ports which means I will have to keep a windows install to play them and then it comes down to, why have 2 installs when I can just run a single windows install?
    Performance? Stability?

    For me that is like saying: Sometimes I am forced to use my bicycle, so what is the point in owning a car?

    Or put another way, some people seem to think that the ~20% performance difference you get with an i7 vs an 8350 is worth all the extra money. To them, surely spending £50 on a second disk drive so that they can easily dual boot must be a bargain for those games where it buys you 10% more frames per second and lower network latency?

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    Re: News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Performance? Stability?

    For me that is like saying: Sometimes I am forced to use my bicycle, so what is the point in owning a car?

    Or put another way, some people seem to think that the ~20% performance difference you get with an i7 vs an 8350 is worth all the extra money. To them, surely spending £50 on a second disk drive so that they can easily dual boot must be a bargain for those games where it buys you 10% more frames per second and lower network latency?
    Guess it comes down to preference then. I swap around what games I'm playing all the time. Drop out of a session or have an urge to go "I fancy playing this" to find its not ported so I have to reboot would just annoy me.

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    Re: News - Valve joins The Linux Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    *ahem* AMD *ahem*

    If Valve can genuinely persuade major game studios to invest if Linux versions of their AAA games with good hardware support from nvidia and AMD, the age of Linux might *finally* be arriving. I've known plenty of people over the years who've reluctantly admitted they have a Windows install for gaming. AAA titles running natively under SteamOS (or other linux flavour of choice) would be a pretty major step forward.

    I know linux ports aren't entirely unheard of for big games (Neverwinter Nights had a very good linux port), but to get a big name publisher so firmly behind gaming on Linux is pretty big news...
    This is exactly what I hope, I must be honest the only reason I do not run a linux based OS is because of games and Microsoft Office (365 is so good!) if office could ever run reliably on linux and games work on it I will certainly be moving it to my main OS .

    The point is as soon as developers start getting great games out onto linux then it will be a snowball effect so hopefully even the big ones like EA will follow suit .
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