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Submitted by Phegan 973d ago | opinion piece

Catastrophe!

Scott from the D Pad D Bags is talking about talking Windows 8, and Gabe Newell’s opinion thereof. Valve’s beloved CEO had a few choice words for Microsoft’s next iteration of its flagship operating system at Casual Connect. “We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PCs, and OEMs who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.” Gaben said. And then the Internet exploded, but not, sadly, in a fun way that would’ve lead to good fodder for a weekly best-of-Twitter article. (Culture, Gabe Newell, Next-Gen, PC, Windows 8)

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wishingW3L  +   973d ago
can't wait for the RTM build to be leaked, August 1 here we go!
JBSleek  +   973d ago
What is his angle exactly? You call the biggest software platform catastrophic where I'm sure most of your sales arr and then back up an open platform which has failed to gain support and market share.

This guy seems to have no sensor with what he does and then a few years later he retracts his statements.
3GenGames  +   973d ago
Linux will probably be the choice for most gamers once it hits and games start to roll out for it. It's free, so you can dump the $200 from the Windows cost if you don't care about dual booting. It's more efficient over all, more secure, open source, FREE, everything. Calling Linux and their OS's a failure because 95% of people don't use it isn't right, because just 2 years ago, nobody used Chrome, and it follows the same principles. Plus, all servers already use Linux because of the fact it's so stable and efficient and secure. Even the almighty Apple run Linux servers, and have built their terribly priced and locked down OS's on the Linux kernel. And, the most popular phone OS (Android) also runs a *shocker* Linux kernel! Linux is everywhere, it's invading. Once the ball gets rolling with people using it on their desktop because they learn about it's existence, it will grow. It will grow quickly. And it will take over everything.

In less than 5 years, Linux will be giving Windows a run for it's money with program support. ESPECIALLY since most developers for said programs use a Linux based OS and will support it because they themselves use and love it. And in less than 10 year, I bet it will be a competitor in user percentage too. Remember I said this. And, I'm also posting this from a Linux OS.
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Bzone24  +   973d ago
"Calling Linux and their OS's a failure because 95% of people don't use it isn't right."
He didn't call Linux a failure. He said "and then back up an open platform which has failed to gain support and market share." Which is true.
JBSleek  +   972d ago
I don't even know where to begin because what you wrote was basically a future forecast and not a response to what I said.

I questioned his stance because as of know all his uses are just about using Windows so let's say Windows 8 is a success then he has no right to say what he did. It isn't business sense to call the largest platform bad.

Windows hasn't cost $200 in so many years so that is kinda irrelevent. And just because something is free doesn't mean people want it as the average consumer doesn't even know what Linux is. To have such a change as you said would mean people need to at least know what it is.

Chrome is a browser and not an OS so comparing the change in success to prove your point is pathetic.

I will remember you said it not really care what you said because you are emotional because you use Linux which is really annoying.

I can't question why Gabe is talking down the leader platform for software yet you can rave about how great it is and how in 10 years it will challenge Windows?
dcbronco  +   972d ago
Just read an article on Arstechnica. Windows 8 has a digital store built in. It would compete directly with Steam.

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