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Ubuntu Developers Join Debian In Getting Free Valve Games

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Valve are again spreading the joy to developers with free games, this time the Ubuntu developers are now eligible to get free Valve games!

I must say this impresses me, I wonder if in future they will extend this to any other distributions or if they will keep it to the main two that got them going?

Speaking on the Ubuntu developer list Neil stated this:
QuoteHi all,

As I'm sure most will be aware, for the last couple of weeks, Valve have
offered access to all Valve produced games free of charge to Debian
Developers [0].

As of today, they have kindly extended this to all registered Ubuntu
Developers [1].

Collabora is administering the distribution of keys so to request your
key, please email Jo Shields with a PGP
signed email requesting it. If you don't hear back in a couple of days
or so, you can then email me directly as
I'll provide cover for Jo when he's not on holiday.

Happy gaming!
Neil

[0] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/01/msg00006.html
[1] Essentially defined as everyone who's entitled to upload directly to
the Ubuntu primary archive, even if only to a restricted set of packages

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Ba7a7chy 11 February 2014 at 12:25 pm UTC
I Think ill start developing for Ubuntu XD
Linas 11 February 2014 at 1:24 pm UTC
I am not quite sure what Ubuntu developers did to deserve this more than let's say Fedora or Gentoo developers? SteamOS is NOT based on Ubuntu after all.
Liam Dawe 11 February 2014 at 1:26 pm UTC
LinasI am not quite sure what Ubuntu developers did to deserve this more than let's say Fedora or Gentoo developers? SteamOS is NOT based on Ubuntu after all.

Ubuntu more than any other Distro put Linux into the hands of a lot more "average Joe's" than Gentoo. Hell Ubuntu is really what got me to stick with Linux and is why this website is even here in the first place.

Gentoo have never been here to make things easy for people, I don't personally feel that they deserve it at all.
mirv 11 February 2014 at 2:09 pm UTC
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liamdawe
LinasI am not quite sure what Ubuntu developers did to deserve this more than let's say Fedora or Gentoo developers? SteamOS is NOT based on Ubuntu after all.
Ubuntu more than any other Distro put Linux into the hands of a lot more "average Joe's" than Gentoo. Hell Ubuntu is really what got me to stick with Linux and is why this website is even here in the first place.

Gentoo have never been here to make things easy for people, I don't personally feel that they deserve it at all.

As a Gentoo user, I have to agree with this statement. Gentoo is about customisation in the end, and the user making their own experience.
I still see this as more of a QA stunt by Valve than anything else, and so Ubuntu makes perfect sense here: developers for it (Ubuntu) will have a level of self-interest in making sure Valve's games work on it. I think we can all agree that Ubuntu has a fairly large user base, and Valve will want to make sure those people have a good experience with Steam, as presented to them. Regardless of who contributes more to general Linux development, such a thing doesn't really fit with Gentoo (in my own opinion, but feel free to disagree). Not sure on the Fedora / Red Hat side of things, so I won't comment there.
Linas 11 February 2014 at 2:48 pm UTC
liamdawe
LinasI am not quite sure what Ubuntu developers did to deserve this more than let's say Fedora or Gentoo developers? SteamOS is NOT based on Ubuntu after all.
Ubuntu more than any other Distro put Linux into the hands of a lot more "average Joe's" than Gentoo. Hell Ubuntu is really what got me to stick with Linux and is why this website is even here in the first place.

Gentoo have never been here to make things easy for people, I don't personally feel that they deserve it at all.

Don't get me wrong. I am not advocating Gentoo here. I have personally never used it, nor did I feel the need to. It was just an example of somebody else who do contribute to Linux world.

I do agree that Ubuntu did a huge job in marketing Linux, and making it user friendly. But it is also true that it was only possible because of the insane amount of work put in by others. And I mean things like udev (and devfs before it), dpkg and apt-get, multiarch support, systemd. None of that came from Ubuntu.

Therefore I think that giving Ubuntu developers a privilege is kind of arbitrary when you consider the amount of work done by others. At least with Debian it made more sense, because Valve directly depends on the work of Debian developers. Sort of like Ubuntu does too...
n30p1r4t3 11 February 2014 at 9:40 pm UTC
So what's going to happen if/when Arch is added to the list? Free games for the community?!?
Hamish 11 February 2014 at 10:15 pm UTC
LinasTherefore I think that giving Ubuntu developers a privilege is kind of arbitrary when you consider the amount of work done by others.

Gift giving and charity in general are typically arbitrary or at the very least rather narrowly focused. One does need to look at such gestures in the thin context in which they are given.

I do however think ranking distributions based on whether they "deserve" something, as has happened in this thread, is a very sinister precedent indeed.
philip550c 11 February 2014 at 11:48 pm UTC
It makes sense since Ubuntu was the targeted desktop OS by Valve. The more that games improve for Ubuntu and Debian the more Valve benefits.
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