I would not be surprised if valve would ship with Linux as default, but offering Windows for a additional charge.
Personally I don't care, but welcome any Linux games alike Counterstrike etc. Tomb Raider 2013 would be cool to play on Linux...
If you are talking about the Steam box, Gabe has already said that the hardware they ship will have a Linux-based os only. He also said that other companies are more than welcome to do their own Steam boxes with Windows if they want to. Even then the Valve version will also be open in the sense that you will be able to go in and replace the OS or upgrade hardware if/when you want, just like a PC. They are looking to keep the same spirit that made the PC platform so ubiquitous in the first place - that is healthy competition and innovation among hardware providers with plenty of options for consumers to match their desired price points and performance needs, just in a smaller form factor and a focus on the living room to get the best of both PC and console worlds. The way it sounded to me is that the Valve version of the Steam box will basically be the standard version, meant to be mid-range performance at a reasonable price on a Linux base. But other Steam boxes from other companies could range from cheap interface units that sit between your existing gaming pc and tv at the low end to expensive beastly gaming rigs at the high end.
Originally Posted by mike4
Well I was referring to people who are currently Windows users, PC gamers and enthusiasts... and for some reason seem to think that Valve paying any attention to Linux is the equivalent of some kind of unforgivable sin.
Originally Posted by Mike Frett
Can you please provide a link to such announcements about these specifics?
Originally Posted by IanS
I didn't find any of that in the presentation he gave, only a vague notion that "Linux is the future of gaming!"
There are several sources and I don't care enough to dig around for them all, but this is probably the most relevant: http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/8/385...ture-of-gaming
Originally Posted by linuxguy