“Most alcohol is a workaround”

Ini pendapat Gabe Newell tentang Wine (emphasis mine):

WINE is definitely a useful tool for some things, but we’re taking what we think is a more sustainable position by asking game developers to support Linux and SteamOS natively, for current and future titles. We think this is mostly what gamers want, too. It puts more power into the hands of developers and will result in better quality games in the end.

Thanks Gabe, cukup melegakan membacanya.

BTW, yeah, WINE is not a solution, it’s a workaround 😉

Valve Source Engine Running Faster on Linux than Windows

Valve:

After this work, Left 4 Dead 2 is running at 315 FPS on Linux. That the Linux version runs faster than the Windows version (270.6) seems a little counter-intuitive, given the greater amount of time we have spent on the Windows version. However, it does speak to the underlying efficiency of the kernel and OpenGL. Interestingly, in the process of working with hardware vendors we also sped up the OpenGL implementation on Windows. Left 4 Dead 2 is now running at 303.4 FPS with that configuration.

Apakah ini artinya zombie di Linux akan jadi lebih ganas? 😀
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Valve Linux

Yeah, akhirnya rumor bahwa Valve merilis (memporting) Steam ke Linux menjadi kenyataan. Kemarin Valve baru saja merilis blog khusus Linux yang dibuat untuk memberikan informasi seputar pengembangan Steam di Linux.

The truth is that this is the first post of the Valve Linux blog. This blog is where you can find the latest information from Valve about our Linux development efforts. Avoid the rumors and speculations that multiply on the Web.

Sebagai awal memasuki dunia Linux, Valve akan menjajal Steam ke Ubuntu terlebih dahulu. Tapi tenang saja, karena kedepannya distro lain juga akan disupport.

Why Ubuntu? There are a couple of reasons for that. First, we’re just starting development and working with a single distribution is critical when you are experimenting, as we are. It reduces the variability of the testing space and makes early iteration easier and faster. Secondly, Ubuntu is a popular distribution and has recognition with the general gaming and developer communities. This doesn’t mean that Ubuntu will be the only distribution we support.

Buat para pecinta Steam, sabar dulu sebelum Anda bisa memainkan game-game populer Valve di Linux/Ubuntu, soalnya belum semua judul sudah mendukung untuk dijalankan di Linux/Ubuntu.