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Thanks to PC Gamer we have been pointed to an interview that Tim Sweeney the founder of Epic Games did, and he's blasting Microsoft yet again.

What I do have issues with here, is that yet again a major developer is basically saying a PC is Windows (bold emphasis mine):
QuoteThe risk here is that, if Microsoft convinces everybody to use UWP, then they phase out Win32 apps. If they can succeed in doing that then it’s a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows Store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform.

No, there is far more to the PC than Windows. I really wish developers would stop this ridiculous merging of the PC platform with Windows the operating system.

I don't honestly think Microsoft could ever stop Steam working, without Valve doing some kind of major lawsuit, but Mr Sweeney stated it has happened before:
QuoteSlowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They’ll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seems like an ideal alternative. That’s exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas. Now they’re doing it to Steam. It’s only just starting to become visible. Microsoft might not be competent enough to succeed with their plan, but they’re certainly trying.


Also, for the amount of complaints Mr Sweeney has, maybe it's time for him to be productive about it and start moving his company towards an open platform. Anyone know an open platform? Lin-something? Oh yes, Linux, that's it. Linux gives you SteamOS too remember now.

Only Unreal Tournament (the new one) looks like it will have Epic's support and possibly not even officially. The Linux version has been seriously lagging behind the Windows version, repeatedly breaking with major graphical issues and it still has no launcher on Linux. It may still be early, but they don't seem like they're really putting any effort into it. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Mountain Man 28 July 2016 at 1:00 am UTC
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neowiz73I blame the Mac vs PC commercials for starting the paradigm of calling all windows based systems "PCs".
It started long before that. "PC" has always been synonymous with Microsoft in one way or another for decades.

not as much, because before the commercials mainly I remember Windows PCs being thing, because Macs were being sold in stores and were referred to Mac PCs vs Windows PCs. But Steve Jobs wanted to make a distinct difference between the two with the commercials by simply stating Macs were *Macs* and Windows PCs were just PCs.
I don't think I've ever heard a Mac referred to as a "Mac PC". What I do remember back in the day is that "PC compatible" was a big selling point for IBM clones, which basically meant they were compatible with IBM PCs meaning they could run MS-DOS. And for whatever reason when Microsoft and IBM parted ways, the term "PC" stuck with Microsoft, probably not by accident.
Halifax 28 July 2016 at 1:05 am UTC
metro2033fanboyIf that ever happens, Ill go full PS4,PS5 and STEAM indies

goVEGAN

Completely off-topic, but I was 100% vegan for 1 year and 2 months.

Learned a lot, like how to make main courses that tasted good without meat or dairy, where to find good tofu in town. But one word of warning for heavy all-day coffee drinkers like myself, it hampered with my ability to absorb elemental (plant) iron - more than my vitamin C intake was making up for.

Now I'm a partial vegan, I still make all my vegan dishes, and I can go pure vegan for a 1-5 days on occasion. But I also swear by sardines and herring added to that, along with skim milk and eggs. And once in a great while going full "suicide by food" mode with brats/pizza/bacon etc - mainly out with friends.
Colombo 28 July 2016 at 4:28 am UTC
wvstolzing 28 July 2016 at 6:02 am UTC
Mountain ManI don't think I've ever heard a Mac referred to as a "Mac PC".

Me neither. I think it's being confused with 'PowerPC'; which Macs used to use & advertise on their cases.
Hori 28 July 2016 at 8:09 am UTC
I believe this to be an exaggerated prediction but it does have a grain of truth.

Anyway... a huge number of Linux users came to Linux from Windows because they had enough of MS's shenanigans... if they continue to close Win10 even more, then they will only lose users, which will migrate to Linux.
Now I'm not saying that is going to cause a market shift, far from it, but they will eventually see a decrease in their user base. Their growth has already slowed down considerably compared to other OSes.
There's already a lot of controversy going on around Win10, not much unlike the one around Win8, which they tried to get away from... they must be careful with what they do next or people will lose their faith and trust in the OS they are used to and will consider it's alternatives, Linux and Mac, which would be more than happy to get those users for themselves.


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Salvatos 28 July 2016 at 10:24 pm UTC
Every time Microsoft does something wrong/stupid, I get a little excited. They've already pushed three people to ask me to install some flavor of Linux on their computers, simply because they know I use it rather than Windows and don't really have any complaints about it. If the Windows 10 bullshit keeps going, I suspect I'll get a couple more "converts" in due time.

I should probably feel sorry for the people getting abused by Microsoft who don't know better and don't have a practical way out, but I'm just too happy about Microsoft driving more and more Linux adoption.
Halifax 28 July 2016 at 11:46 pm UTC
ColomboHalifax: Typical...
http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3p061u

Was it TLR? I was primarily posting that to say I don't think it's a good idea to stay vegan over time to someone else openly advocating it in every post, based on my own experience trying it out. I'm am not here to advocate long-term veganism - I actually think it might be a little dangerous to remain a vegan for long periods of time, after my own experiences.

But, it is healthy to do as a several day flush on a regular basis - and I've found some good Vegan restaurants in my town, so in that regard: meme guilty.
7IJ7o 30 July 2016 at 12:42 am UTC
Not explicit Microsoft against Steam but an earlier attempt of MS against competition (Open Source Software and Hardware) disguised as making computing more trustworthy (not sure if true but IMO some stuff nice to know).

TCPA "Trusted Computing Platform Alliance" (first known name)

The Trusted Computing Group is a group formed by AMD, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel and Microsoft to implement Trusted Computing concepts across personal computers.
... (Microsoft the only OS developer founding member of this alliance, ok IBM had developed OS2, so far I know but OS2 is good as dead)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_Computing_Group

Video: Against TCPA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5z7hqwxBR4


Last edited by 7IJ7o on 31 July 2016 at 9:44 am UTC
Comandante Ñoñardo 30 July 2016 at 3:26 am UTC
7IJ7oTCPA "Trusted Computing Platform Alliance" (first known name)

The Trusted Computing Group is a group formed by AMD, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel and Microsoft to implement Trusted Computing concepts across personal computers.
... (Microsoft the only OS developer founding member of this alliance, ok IBM had developed OS2, so far I know but OS2 is good as dead)

Is this related with the Trusted Execution Technology of most intel CPUs?
Kuduzkehpan 30 July 2016 at 4:40 am UTC
what if they make games only runnable under windows if they are sold via windows store?
what if steamOS or better one success with Vulkan
do over 20 million "dota 2" player start installing linux on their machines ?
what about cs go players ?
is steam then becomes russian only client :p
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