Valve: Linux is Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming

At a presentation at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Denmark earlier this week, Valve Software's Drew Bliss told attendees that the open-sourced operating system Linux is more viable than Windows 8 for gaming at this point. Valve has been a vocal critic of Microsoft's new operating system because of its included app store. The store is not an open environment and requires approval by Microsoft to get products certified for sale within the closed marketplace. Obviously Valve has a vested interest in selling games through its own digital distribution platform, so Microsoft's new solution is at odds with their plans. For its part Microsoft has said that software developers can still make software for the OS without having it go through its app store…

Bliss also highlighted some other points about Steam on Linux, including the fact that the Steam client runs "nicely" on Ubuntu and that many developers have already approached them with good game products; cooperation with Canonical has been good; that Linux has every tool and library developers need; that new Source engine games will be made available on Linux; and that copy protection is up to game publishers. Valve did not give a time frame for a Steam Linux client release, but Bliss said during his presentation that anyone with a Launchpad account attending UDS would be given Steam access through a beta key. The Steam Linux Beta will have Portal, Team Fortress 2 and Serious Sam 3: BFE as its first games.

Source: Slashdot

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