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Gabe Newell brands Windows 8 a catastrophy

fragMasterFlash (989911) writes | about 2 years ago

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fragMasterFlash (989911) writes "Valve head—and one-time Microsoft employee—Gabe Newell has branded Windows 8 "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space" at videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle. The Valve boss continued, saying that in the fallout from Windows 8, "we'll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people." He argued that one of the last remaining things keeping people away from Linux was the lack of games. Valve is working to bring Left 4 Dead 2 and other Steam titles to Linux in a move that Newell describes as "a hedging strategy." If his predictions about Windows 8 come true, he says "it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.""
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Good, but how willing is he to work with Linux? (1)

Clarious (1177725) | about 2 years ago | (#40771809)

Because the driver situation isn't too good, all open source drivers only support up to OpenGL 3.0, performance is somewhat abyssmal, and the stability isn't that good. With my previous nvidia cards, I haven't had one kernel panic related to the graphic card, while with my current integrated Intel card (on my core i5) I have lost count of the time already (suspend/hibernate memory corruption problem). Binary blobs from NVIDIA/AMD aren't good either.
Nonetheless, it is very interesting to know that Valve prefer the open source driver to the closed one http://www.paranormal-entertainment.com/idr/blog/posts/2012-07-19T18%3A54%3A37Z-The_zombies_cometh/ [paranormal...inment.com] , if so, then I hope Valve entry into Linux gaming will help improving the situation.

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