Having everyone toe the line for popular products such as Steam for Linux is an excellent way to set technology standards, Torvalds argues. "Good standards are people doing things," Torvalds said. "And saying this is how we do it' and being successful enough to drive the market."
Change in the air?
Already, Valve's appears to be influencing how major hardware vendors approach Linux. Shortly after SteamOS was announced, both AMD and Nvidia announced improved driver support for Linux. And AMD's low-level Mantle support could result in more top-tier games landing on Linux.
But technology is only half the battle. As DICE's Gustavsson said, it will also take that one killer app to really push Linux as a PC platform. That one game that everyone must play, but the only way to play it will be on a Linux distribution.
Will that game come from Valve in the coming months? An early look at Half-Life 3 perhaps? Only time will tell. But hey, if you're waiting for the Linux desktop revolution to happen you've got nothing but time.
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