Why the hell would it be linux based when 90% of the games on Steam cannot run on linux?
I already answered this in my comment above. In summary:
- OS Stability
- OS Efficiency
- Ease of porting games from Windows to Linux
- Gabe Newell dislikes Windows 8
- Gabe Newell likes Linux (e.g. he'd want to motivate developers to port their games to Linux rather than Win 8)
- Linux doesn't require Valve to pay licensing fees for each sold Steambox to their competitor
- Linux is far more secure than Windows is
- It's an open source system, meaning they can modify it whichever way they want (this is not possible with Windows)
- Older games can be emulated on the Steambox, or ported to Linux
It makes a lot more sense for the SteamBox to run Linux than it does to run Windows. The only counter argument that I'm aware of is the one you just gave - Windows has more games. The problem there is that, even if only 10% of the games on Steam run on Linux, it'll still have a significantly higher number of games than Ps4 and Xbox 720 will at launch.
Here are some links for you to read: http://panicgamer.com/New...8-linux-steam-support/ http://www.pcworld.com/ar...ows_and_use_linux.html http://www.theregister.co...games_faster_on_linux/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux http://www.winehq.org/
Here's also an interesting link: http://www.phoronix.com/s...ws_item&px=MTExMDM
Why would Valve need Kernel developers if they aren't modifying Linux? ;)
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