Valve have reaffirmed their support of the Linux platform, which they believe to be the only thing 'keeping the open platform alive.'
Valve engineer Drew Bliss took to the Ubuntu Summit in Copenhagen [via PCGamesN] to restate their love of Linux, suggesting that Windows 8 and iOS are closed ecosystems that could make Steam's life difficult. Steam will be rolling out onto Linux in the near future in an effort to make the OS much more desirable for gamers.
“If you look at the way the world is going,” said Bliss, “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.”
“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.”
“We want to remove one roadblock that people have with Linux usage and keep the open platform alive," finished Bliss. "If Microsoft goes the way Apple has and Windows and Macintosh are, both completely closed ecosystems, Linux really is the best alternative for everybody. So we want to help it be as good a platform as possible.”
Steam for Linux beta applications opened a week ago. This is good news for Linux fans - and if I was in the mood for wild baseless hypotheses, I'd posit that Valve could be considering using the OS to power any future hardware (Steam Box). Perhaps.
Any Ubuntu users amongst our readership? Considering making the jump? Sick of Windows and iOS? Let us know in the comments.