I know a topic like this can really be a mixed can of worms!
I want to make this clear, this post is not a rant, there are a lot of facts and history to this world regarding DRM, not only from Steam, but Microsoft & Apple and many others too...
Anyone who has been into computing for any length of time should of seen by now the positive and negative this brings.
Ask yourself why are you using Linux and did you ever really consider the ROOTS of Linux for providing to the world a FREE Open Sourced Platform and what that means for you today?
A lot of users in Linux over the years I've seen don't really consider this and I don't mean to be harsh, rude or flaming towards any distro of users, but the truth is, for all the good Ubuntu has done, it's also hurting the world of Linux too.
1. Do you as a Linux user think the world of Linux revolves around Ubuntu?
2. Do you think Ubuntu is really used by more users than any other distro?
3. Do you really think more users in Linux don't really care about open source?
I can tell you right now that you will not find any statistical facts for those questions above, knowing them is just something that comes with time in Linux and experience, but if you've been using Linux for any length of time then you should know there are a little over 300 Linux versions.http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=popularity
Sure Ubuntu is still considered one of the most popular versions, but there are no FACTS as to how many users world wide use it.
To name a few others, Debian, Redhat, Suse and Fedora, also command a very large world share and usage, on personal and business levels.
7-10 years ago Linux was not a world with many users showing a lack of concern over their OpenSource freedom, it was very much the concerns of the day, being free and different, and a lot of it is still very much alive in most Linux users world wide today. But the problem is for the small market of users that think Ubuntu is everything, now this world is being twisted, that makes, or for a lack of words, trys to make Linux into a non caring world of Windows users that have all jumped ship and are only on the Ubuntu wagon and it's not true.
Look at the start of Valve, in the beginning it only aimed towards Ubuntu, why? I'll tell you, the same illusion everyone is following, thinking Canonical rules the Linux world, or that it's the best at whatever everyone seems to think it's doing so special.
So now that I've given what some might appear as a rant, let me again make this very clear, no rants intended, I just happen to know this world very good and if you don't think so, then compare Mint, Suse, Fedora to the above situation and what can you tell us?
The only thing that must be going on is Canonical & Valve have some monetary arrangements going on, because if anyone is going to sit here and take claim to saying that Mint can't handle this situation as well, then you've fooled yourself! Why because who is Ubuntu based off of? --> Debian and who is Mint based off of --> Ubuntu!
Sure there are Pros & Cons here, but eventually everything that will work in Ubuntu will in Mint and vice versa...
Here's the problem the new users of Linux don't know! Linux is Linux, what one version does, they can all do, so with experience they all work the same and equally as well, but what we have here now in the world of Linux are the lazy wannabe Linux users, who jumped the Windows ship and now the world of Linux has slowing being getting polluted!
Now I'm sorry I didn't mean to be rude calling anyone lazy, but the truth is, in the past 7-10 years there's been a greater in flux into the Linux world of non-caring Linux users, that don't really get what's at stake here.
Today we seem to be getting more into ranges of users that don't really care and this is not a good thing for Linux if you like using Linux.
I'll be the first to admit if a proprietary piece of software is better than open source I might end up using it, but as a Linux user I will certainly try to consider any open source alternatives FIRST and consider if I stick with proprietary what that outcome might bring.
Everyone is sitting here at Steam as gamers, so this brings up one VERY VALID POINT!
Gaming in Linux with Nvidia & AMD has never been as good as Windows and do you know why that is? ---> Proprietary
Now consider what I just said above as it RELATES to this ENTIRE post, because it's all related!
If Nvidia & AMD would open source their drivers gaming would GREATLY improve in Linux, but it doesn't because they won't give the Tux the source! So what does all this have to do with DRM? Well some of it falls along the same lines, lack of freedom for improvement like drivers are stuck in this world, closing us out to options, and by taking away those options you loose choices, therefore you loose freedom. Now if you didn't get any of this that was just mentioned, then you've not used an 'OpenSource Platform' for very long, or you really don't care, or see the harm, or what the big picture is!
FLASH is another big problem to this picture as well! Just thought I'd thrown that in there for anyone interested, to see how that Adobe world relates!
I have Windows on my box, I dual boot with Linux but I hardly ever start Windows. Linux is my world and I like my freedom in it, hopefully as much as you do and I really hope if you've never considered any of this and you really love your Linux box, that you start considering it now for the future of Linux to keep on going as it has been doing in the past!
So with all that's been said, how can Steam bring harm? Well to put this simply said, if you've been around you'll know all the rumble going on over the years, if not start going out there and educate yourself now to this world before it is to late!
For those of you who dont't know Richard Stallman is a man that is really the forefront for Linux Freedom!
I will be the first to admit Richard Stallman can be a man of extremes, BUT for all the exteme, the FSF, and for those that don't know those initials; "Free Software Foundation", there is MAJOR good for what Richard Stallman and that site stands for and does for Linux, and if you don't know the FSF then you better get your butt over there if you like/love using Linux!
All Linux users owe a bit of gratitude to Richard Stallman, the FSF & GNU for what it stands for! I know, some of the hard core geeks might reject some gratitude towards Richard, LOL... but really he has helped!Free Software Foundationhttp://www.fsf.org/http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/drm.htmlGNU founder Stallman calls DRM’d Steam for Linux games "unethical"http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/07/gnu-founder-stallman-calls-drmd-steam-for-linux-games-unethical/Nonfree DRM'd Games on GNU/Linux: Good or Bad?https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/nonfree-games.en.htmlSteam, Linux, and DRM: How Much is Too Much?http://gengame.net/2012/08/steam-linux-drm-how-much-is-too-much/
If Steam is going to be DRM Ware, take away our control, automated background processes, updates and who knows what else going on behind our backs, then I hope you as a Linux user will sit up and say; VALVE this is not what I want in my Linux box!
I really think the Valve Developers owe it to the Linux community to step forward and express themselves here, or at least show Linux users if this has been discussed for the Linux platform somewhere else, where that might be so the community can read it.
Cheers & Long Live The Tux!VALVE PLEASE RESPECT LINUX & HELP TO KEEP IT FREE, NOT JUST FILL YOUR POCKETS!P.S. Please keep this bumped, especially for new computer or Linux users, they deserve to know!