Originally Posted by chemicalfan
Not really, the closest I've ever seen was a dual-booting netbook running Gingerbread (may have been Honeycomb... ages ago)
I would not want Android on the desktop, I would rather have Windows 8 then that. Ignorning the ARM/x86 issue, Android is really....lightweight. I mean, it flies on tablets - why would I want an i7 running it? Plus, I don't believe Android has much in the way of GPU drivers (except for the tablet GPUs). Sure, gaming on Android has come on leaps and bounds since the GPUs have become more powerful, but I'd never consider an Android tablet my primary gaming machine. It's more targetting the Nintendo DS market, rather than the Xbox/PC market
There's already an x86 Android
Originally Posted by MyNamesAlex
Perhaps you have all forgotten that it's legally mandatory to make all Linux based software available free, and open, as per the GNU licensing terms. There is no loophole for this. If you're in the Linux business, you have no choice but to find another way to make money. like the Red Hat business model.
The GPL only controls whats written for it. And "free" in this case only refers to liberty, not gratis. If you write your own software, you CAN charge for it if you wish. If you don't write your code to be GPL compliant then it isn't restricted to those rules.
And there are other software licenses.
Just because the Linux kernel is subject to the GPL does NOT mean your software is as well. The only time you need to be careful is when you include stuff that you didn't write that is licensed differently. Make sure you understand their licensing. While the GPL is quite friendly, the LGPL
is slightly less so. The MIT
and many other licenses out there that are friendly as well, and a few more that aren't so much.
Red Hat uses Linux, thus they can't sell it ( 1: it isn't theirs, 2: it's license ( GPL ) says they can't ). So of course they had to find another way to make money.
There is plenty of proprietary not free (gratis) software for Linux.
Originally Posted by RedSunRises
Where was this mentioned? I am trying to get a good idea of how Steam OS will be, and if there is some evidence of it being pure big picture mode that would be kind of lame...
All of their releases so far have been focus on it being a Living room machine. Much like any console and much like booting XBMC standalone are. Not once has "desktop machine" been mentioned in anything they've released. And they're specifically making the steam client exactly the same so that if you are on a desktop machine, then you will have all the same features which nulls out using SteamOS for the desktop. And everything released thus far has been highly focused on Big Picture since it is their "console-like" interface.
But as they said, it is linux and it will be open so people will be able to change it to how they wish. But I would expect the "Official" SteamOS to be Big Picture only ( out of the box ).Edited by Shrak - 10/11/13 at 8:43am