Well, I don't know about the general public, but in my circles - everyone, really. But then again, I studied chemistry, and work with engineers. But I would say that a large majority of technical jobs (everything excluding software development, really - whether it's chemical industry, energy industry, pharma, automobile industry, agriculture ...) requires some specific proprietary software, which costs a lot of money, and can't be "just swapped out".
Or take SCADA - most of them are windows based. That's not likely to change anytime soon.
Edit: Kano, we're talking about desktops here, aren't we...
Now okay, I concede the point that at the high-school level, rarely does anyone need anything past an office suite, a web browser and maybe a good IDE. But the moment you go to uni and start studying anything at the school of science or the school of engineering (not school of maths/computing), you will see that there is a lot of stuff which tends to work much better under windows...
Last edited by PeterKraus; 07-26-2012 at 08:34 AM.
Steam is a lot more than just a shop. It's a DRM system, a friends and community network, and a match making service. And compared to Games for Windows Live, it's match making service is 200% better.
Infact, compared to the alternatives, Steam is what many users prefer. I don't want to be fluffing around with Games for Windows Live for 2 hours. I just want to play my game with my friends. Steamworks does that.
Case in point. In Dead Rising 2, My girlfriend and I spent half an hour trying to get us both into the same game together. Only to get disconnected after 5 minutes.
We both play Payday and Left for Dead 2 and can instantly get into eachother's games without drama.
Microsoft is never and will never be a threat to Valve :P.
Last edited by Bomyne; 07-26-2012 at 09:08 AM.
Is it REALLY that different from linux???
WHERE OH WHERE ARE the "plenty" of OSX viruses?
"Linux as an inherently secure system is, at least, dangerous."
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW DICTIONARY!!!! NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING IS "INHERENTLY" SECURE!!!
Between lies and self-fulfilling statements you didn't say ANYTHING AT ALL!
It's a lot harder to infect a linux system due to how the permissions work. If my linux laptop gets a virus, it has to survive first the virus scanner I have installed, but then it's trapped. my major bineraries and config files are only writable by root... and I don't run as root. So to get rid of the virus, all i have to do is delete my user account.
In Windows, you have to format every drive windows has touched. Painful.
Windows 8 is a train wreck and the Windows Marketplace is no threat to Steam at all. Basicly, Steam = PC gaming scene today.
AMD "Dragon" Platform powered.
Anybody who thinks that games have ANY relevance with respect to platform selection, they are completely out to lunch.
Platform selection is a result of precisely TWO factors;
1) That which is pre-installed when non-techie newb goes to walmart and buys a computer. These people buy lots of computers (and even buy a new one when the old one gets crammed full of virus), and have NO CONCEPT of what an operating system is. They plug it in and use it as an appliance -- much like a TV or FRIDGE.
2) Those BUSINESS users who depend on certain specific software that is only available for balmerOS.
There have been a few "experiments" in providing linux as the pre-installed operating system, in particular, early NETBOOKS. This, however, was a TOTAL DISASTER, since the linux supplied was DELIBERATELY CRIPPLED... i.e., same non-techie newb buys netbook, can't actually *do* anything with it -- no word processor, crippled web browser, can't configure printer, etc. It was basically a worthless heap, so lots of these got returned rather than non-techie newb downloading and installing a REAL GNU/Linux distro on it (which would work amazingly well on that hardware).
To solve the platform selection problem, you need to fix BOTH of those problems. You need OEM's to pre-install GNU/Linux, and you need business software developers to build their packages for GNU/Linux. Unfortunately, the hardware OEM's don't have much incentive to ship from factory like this, since balmer PAYS them to NOT install anything besides balmerOS. Specifically, if you do, they charge you 10 times as much per license. This is an obviously unfair practice that should not be tolerated.
As for #2.... if you fix #1 and create a DEMAND for business software under Linux, the market will automatically solve #2.
What I envision in a FAIR market where balmer isn't allowed to make anti-competitive deals with hardware vendors, is that for every computer, you have the choice of having it shipped with some Linux pre-installed, or PAY AN EXTRA $150-$500 for balmerOS.... this is what the options WOULD BE in a fair and competitive market. That same non-techie newb will take a look at the price tag, scratch their head for a minute, take a look at the list of free software the two come with pre-installed, realize that the CHEAPER one DOES MORE, then choose to save the money.
Games??? Who cares? Maybe 0.0001% of the market is really into gaming, and of those, 90%+ will be building custom anyway. Casual gamers will be totally happy with the HUNDREDS of free games that ship with most major GNU/Linux distros.
I think the majority of people in this thread seem to forget that Valve are a multi-billion company that has a large amount of influence.
And as Gabe said, OEMs are going to stop providing Windows consumer machines (I'd say HP and Dell for sure).
Linux for gaming means you can give gamers what they really want, a PC running an OS designed top-to-bottom for games (SteamOS?)