What do you GPL advocates want?! Linux is for everyone to play with and use. There's no definite timeline of when you should merge changes into mainline kernel. There's nothing that states everything surrounding linux has to be GPL either. I'm happy Valve is investing time on my fav kernel OS, whatever it may be for. It sure won't harm Linux much having another company looking at the Performance issues we currently have with OpenGL and drivers. Steam for Linux is just a less intrusive DRM, it's not SafeDisc or Securom. Some games will be DRM free. Some will use their own, you can avoid those.
I hate when you filth shun away from the word DRM without even acknowledging that Valve needs to use it to be successful in their business. They aren't the Humble Bundle or your Local Open Source Developer for Free company you know. Who said you ever must Install Steam in the first place to run Linux, it's not bundled with it is it?
Sheesh: I for one would love a reason to never boot Windows again, Source Engine is one of those. I've got Calligra-Suite for office work, Blender for 3D, and Renoise to make music in. And all my banking business works through Linux.
Just because some of you seem to hate games, I do not. In fact I've purchased more games ever since I started using this OS.
I just don't like proprietary closed-source software.
Though, I have no problems with commercial software, as long as its open source.
I am very much willing to pay for games, if they're open source. I just don't want to pay for proprietary games.
1) keep targeting advanced users and not dummies (as targeting both groups was shown many times to be impossible)
2) keep targeting users and not companies (which would love to make my desktop ad-driven hell like Android, or DRM-driven hell like XBox, or, or, or...)
There is quite the furore over Steam allegedly coming to Linux. It's DRM, it's proprietary, but at the same time it will bring more games and therefore more users. This thread alone indicates that the Phoronix community is split over this piece of news. This, in return, makes me hope that the Phoronix community puts more of its weight behind a request asking GOG to add Linux versions of the games they sell. Any complaints and criticisms one may have towards Steam as a Linux user simply do not exist on GOG where DRM is scoffed at along with regional pricing.
Again this isn't windows or OS X, what we have is a diverse ecosystem with many distributions targeting many different needs that don't really even have to effect oneanother. Choices made in lets just go with Maegia for instance have no effect on Slackware.
- gaining control over the big infrastructural projects, such as desktop (Unity), browser (Chrome, WebKit), the Office suite (nevermind that it's temporarily divorced from the stupid Oracle, it'll be subverted again by someone smarter soon enough)), etc
- gaining control over distribution process ("Our distro is awesome with BluRay, proprietary codecs, flash and Steam! It has commercial backing and thus uber-fast security updates! Just compare this to your Debian, which hasn't even seen a release in what - a decade?")
- finally, marginalizing the idealistic community into small distro(s) - yeah, just like Gentoo - which doesn't have a choice but to continue using the subverted infrastructure (before it organizes itself enough to start replacing it with free alternatives). It's back to square one at that point.