‘Valve’ and ‘Windows 8’. These two terms have been in a constant war at each other. A couple of months ago, we reported on how Gabe Newell thinks that ‘Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space‘. So you know, Valve is not impressed with what Windows 8 is offering. But there are reasons.
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At the Ubuntu Summit in Copenhagen, Drew Bliss explained (via PCGamesN) why Valve favors Linux over Windows. He believes that Linux is a very viable platform for Steam and they are looking to bringing it over. “We want to continue developing in open platforms and so we’re looking around, and obviously Linux has become a very viable alternate platform. So we are now looking into doing Steam for Linux and supporting as many of our Steam games for Linux as we can,” he revealed.
“If you look at the way the world is going, where you see Apple completely in control of their system, and at least part of Windows 8 entirely controlled by the Microsoft App Store, Steam is going to be a little bit harder to do – both in the store aspect and in the content delivery aspect,” hinting that he appreciates the open nature of Linux.
Valve are currently running a beta application for Linux which you can check out over here. Only time will tell how much and what kind of support will Valve/Steam have for Windows 8.