What Should Valve Do For Linux & Open-Source?
Phoronix: What Should Valve Do For Linux & Open-Source?
What should Valve be doing for Linux and open-source software? They don't plan to just release the Steam client and select titles for Linux and then suddenly scream "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!"..
Release source code to antiquated games (gems) like half life 1, doing so will allow the community to keep these games alive for as long as users are around. Data content is still required so, they still can make revenue (and maybe even more since customers know they can play the game on any device they own)
Valve can push things to happen more than the average linux user can. They could push for documentation and opening of device drivers more so than the end user could ever do. They could finance open source developers like nouveau .
Contribute to KDevelop / QtCreator to make the platform more attractive for developers used to Visual Studio. While I personally can't stand VS, in the research lab here it is basically the only reason most are using Windows.
While QtCreator is very solid, it's code analysis is still somewhat basic.
KDevelop on the other hand has some very nice features here and there, but it unfortunately still is, in some circumstances, too crashy or unreliable to really be recommendable for productive use.
I agree with pickle, open sourcing their Goldsrc back catalog would be one huge thing Valve could do. They are hardly expected to open source Steam itself since that is a DRM platform and they are still actively using Source for current and upcoming games. But Goldsrc is older and so they won't be revealing any precious secrets by open sourcing that. The fact that it is based on the Quake 1 engine shouldn't be a problem since I am sure that id Software would gladly allow them to do it since they themselves have already released the Quake 1(and Wolfenstein 3D, Doom 1/2, Q2, Q3A, Team Arena, RTCW, RTCW:ET and Doom 3 for that matter) source code.
Just by doing their job conscientiously and solving/fixing the problems they come up they'll benefit everyone. I'm sure there are a plethora of all kinds of bugs and problems with the drivers and the system. If they can fix some of those and document the rest they'll do a lot more than any conscious effort to improve something in Linux.
No, please not Yet Another IDE Attempt, which will end up seeing all the basic functionality other projects already reimplemented and then being abandoned when hitting the same problems other IDEs have (writing good code analysis is a royal pain!)
Originally Posted by Detructor
While QtCreator is very Qt/C++ focused, KDevelop also supports Python and PHP, and is not Qt focused (well, it has syntax highlighting for the occasional Qt specific keyword/macro, but that's about it).
Strangely enough the closest thing to that would be Gambas, but that is only targeting the Visual Basic crowd.
Originally Posted by Detructor
If they do this what motivation would there be for these developers to ever go native? WINE may be an impressive technical achievement (even though it can be extremely frustrating at times) but it's greater effects are always something to worry about. It is the same reason people were worried about LIMBO; why would developers ever go native if you can just wrap your original Windows binary in a compatibility layer and be done with it?
Originally Posted by Neco-Link
As for general things they could do, all I can do is echo what other people and said and say that I would like to see improvements to the FOSS graphics drivers. That is all.
Last edited by Hamish Wilson; 07-17-2012 at 04:03 PM.
I feel a bit sorry for Valve, I have really never heard of a developer that had to FIX the OS they were working on before porting their software. I mean its understandable, graphics drivers and documentation for them have been in a sorry state, proprietary and open source. And x.org just plain sucks, so thats something else im hoping will change in the near future. But yeah, running into things like no S3TC support because of legal reasons, valves gonna run into a lot of those lol. Im also torn on them integrating some way for me to play the games that haven't been ported through wine, just some small back end that can install those games in the directory where wine is, this would be convenient but like everything with wine, it might just discourage devs from porting.
Get over yourselves
AH delete my comment about the sad cold truth that linux is really a broken mess in relation to what valve wants to do with it? Okay then, go on believing what you will, but the fact that valve is going to HAVE to jump through all these hoops is just sad. And whats more unbelievable is how half of u think its what normal devs would do. Hell no, Valve is amazing, but if just about any other company saw the sorry state of software intended for gaming on this platform, it would leave an awful taste in their mouth and they would move on, cold, simple, truth. Its why after all these years we have basically gotten nowhere in terms of gaming, the humble bundles are but a small speck on what is the gaming industry.