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Valve's GDC slides on porting Source to Linux!

Posted by , 4 April 2013 at 5:08 pm UTC / 10000 views
This is quite interesting, here we have the slides from Valve's GDC talk on porting over to Linux. It makes for an interesting read and lays it out very simply for the non techies.

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It gives a good nod to SDL as well which is used for Steam and the game ports, the latest version of which improves alt-tabbing on full screen windows dramatically for me.

What is interesting about it is this tweet:


So it had a great turn out, looks like there are lots of the big guns looking at Linux and Valve right now.

It will certainly be an interesting year. With big companies like this actually giving talks on Linux as well things can only get better and better and I hope it continues.

Here are the slides: https://developer.nvidia.com/sites/default/files/akamai/gamedev/docs/Porting%20Source%20to%20Linux.pdf

With more Valve games still to be ported and with the ones they already have, so far, so good!
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Xodetaetl 4 April 2013 at 6:55 pm UTC
This chart is a deceitful joke... Don't count on me for the praise round.
liamdawe 4 April 2013 at 6:56 pm UTC
XodetaetlThis chart is a deceitful joke... Don't count on me for the praise round.
Huh?
fedso 4 April 2013 at 7:08 pm UTC
...the mysterious logarithmic scale
Xodetaetl 4 April 2013 at 7:15 pm UTC
liamdawe
XodetaetlThis chart is a deceitful joke... Don't count on me for the praise round.
Huh?
They cheat with numbers to make it look like Linux is big and growing. The logarithmic scale (with very small percentage indicators so most people won't see the cheating)  + not showing last month percentage of linux users.
liamdawe 4 April 2013 at 7:21 pm UTC
Xodetaetl
liamdawe
XodetaetlThis chart is a deceitful joke... Don't count on me for the praise round.
Huh?
They cheat with numbers to make it look like Linux is big and growing. The logarithmic scale (with very small percentage indicators so most people won't see the cheating)  + not showing last month percentage of linux users.
You realise they did this before last months survey was out right?
Xodetaetl 4 April 2013 at 7:45 pm UTC
liamdaweYou realise they did this before last months survey was out right?
Mmkay.
Need to watch the actual conference, do you know if the video is or will be available?
Nicodemus 4 April 2013 at 8:46 pm UTC
awesome! warms my heart to see the industry seriously considering this.

i've never played half-life, and i hope to do so first on Linux.
toor 4 April 2013 at 10:00 pm UTC
Half-life 2 you mean? Because half-life has already been ported
Nicodemus 5 April 2013 at 2:34 am UTC
both.  i just haven't gotten around to it yet, but sooon.
GrueMaster 5 April 2013 at 2:47 pm UTC
Actually, My first experience with Half-Life, HL:Source, and HL2 was on Linux (winex/cedega).  Worked so well, that I ended up using my lower end desktop to host a lan party of ~20 people because my friend's dedicated Windows server kept crashing.

I am now running most of my collection on Steam:Linux natively.  The only noticeable difference is that I no longer launch steam through wine.
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