So the devil called me this afternoon and said they where having a snowstorm in hell.

In other news Valve announced that their revolutionary "content delivery service" known as "Steam" is being ported to OSX and will be available as early as April 2010. No really its true, straight from the horse's mouth. In addition the actual client and "Steam-works" being brought to Apple's operating system Valve also plans to port all of the Source Engine games.

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Created by twickline 7 years 45 weeks ago
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7 years 45 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago


Not free software

There isn't anything here that I can consider redeemable. It is nothing more than a promotion of Valve's proprietary software delivery system, Steam, which is also laden with digital restrictions.

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7 years 45 weeks 3 days 4 min ago


Linux Client

Well The article has to do with Mac and Linux and Wine and it poses the question of is a port of Steam for Linux next? Then thousands of people can quit re-booting and just play their games.



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7 years 45 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago


re:Linux Client

> it poses the question of is a port of Steam for Linux next?
There is no official news that exists today from Valve (or any reliable news source) regarding a native Steam client for GNU/Linux. What news exists now is nothing more than complete speculation. Speculation might be more useful if it didn't actually promote proprietary software.

The Steam system contains digital restrictions that allow the masters over Steam to control their users' computers. The masters over Steam ask users to accept two key promises before users are permitted to use the Steam system and Steam delivered software:
1. We, the masters over Steam, want you to be helpless to help yourself. You will have permission to run this software under certain circumstances - anything outside of that is forbidden. You are forbidden to study how this software operates. We will control how your computing is achieved for as long as you agree to this.
2. We, the masters over Steam, want you to be divided from your community. You are forbidden to share this software with your friends without our permission. We want to control society's natural ability to share information (in the form of software) that we authored for the sake of profits.

By promoting Steam (and indirectly promoting its digital restrictions system) you are teaching readers that one should trade one's freedom in exchange for limited permission to operate one or more games. I believe this message goes against the purpose of this site which is to promote freedom. Making the choice to accept the Steam system is not freedom because users must accept promise of helplessness and social division.