Originally Posted by tpi2007
Valve has just overcome Canonical as the leading Linux desktop developer in one move. The relevancy of Steam will catapult SteamOS ahead of every other distribution making Linux visible to the general audience and diminish Windows' appeal on secondary machines. I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft starts selling Windows family packs for cheap just like Anti-virus companies do.
Also, the positive effects in kernel optimisation for games will be included in the other distributions too, which is great for everyone and for Linux as a platform in general.
This is one of the great announcements of the year!
No wonder they aren't actively developing HL3, they're too busy destroying the current Gaming PC paradigm and trying to turn it into their own uncluttered and speedy ecosystem. Just imagine when Steam says to hardware manufacturers/game developers "100% good Linux support or get out". Driver/software teams will have to start lighting candles to Saint Linus Torvalds if they want to be prepared. In time, I see all the software/hardware big names converting to the OS that gives them more performance
"HL3?No can do, sorry. Meanwhile, we're thrusting forward Linux development and Linux gaming support. We're also improving Linux hardware support a thousandfold. Did we say we're also giving our good friends in the Khronos Group a big thumbs up?Did we say this is free, open and every step forward for us will benefit the whole Linux ecosystem?"
Summing up..Servers?Check.Proffesional applications?Check.Mainstream/enthusiast gaming?About to check. Those already on Linux, will get all the goodies, so they suddenly include a big but long forgotten market share. Those on Windows that want speed&performance will, at least, do a dual boot. If they find productivity suites to their liking in Linux, they will turn completely. Genious, just pure genious.(smal joke)
It's no surprise Jeri Ellsworth got fired. Se was trying to Augment current Reality. Valve is trying to create a New one, a very enticing one.