I have believed, with good reason, that GNU/Linux has “arrived” just about everywhere in IT except in some business desktops and gaming for some time. Certainly, no one needs that other OS to do everything.
I have been dismissive of gaming as a barrier to GNU/Linux but spotted it as one of three evidences that GNU/Linux has arrived:“Valve has decided to support GNU/Linux with its Steam platform to hedge its bets in case Windows 8 fails”. It used to be that some would do nothing by taking a risk on anything else but now some see that other OS as a risk to the business.
I visited the Valve website and learned, “Steam is our direct pipeline to customers. It began as a little sleeper project—a handy tool to update Counter-Strike—and morphed pretty quickly into the world’s largest online gaming platform. Steam guarantees instant access to more than 1,800 game titles and connects its 35 million active users to each other—and to us. Through Steam, fans can easily buy, play, share, modify, and build communities around Valve products as well as titles from other independent game studios. Steam is available in 237 countries and 21 different languages.”
There’s the angle. If “8″ flops, gamers may find a reason to migrate to GNU/Linux to keep the GUI they like on the next PC. It could also be interesting if they benchmarked their favourite game on GNU/Linux and that other OS. My bets are on GNU/Linux staying out of a gamer’s way, just as GNU/Linux stays out of number-crunchers’ way in HPC.
“Valve has decided to support GNU/Linux with its Steam platform to hedge its bets in case Windows 8 fails”
According to Rex Djere, Three Signs That GNU/Linux Has Arrived.
If that’s not convincing enough, Dell will crank out a bunch of business-PCs bearing GNU/Linux at the high end and it will not be a place-holder. They already have the low end covered:
UPDATE Apparently another gaming software company, Blizzard (WoW), has been testing the waters with GNU/Linux. Nothing definitive yet…
UPDATE Still more… The VarGUY has his say on gaming. He thinks it may be more about division of revenue in M$’s app store than the OS as a platform… Hmmm. Follow the money…