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Others are recognizing that Linux allows for people to take control over their own destiny, a nice thing for companies to have.

Thanks to +JP Werlin for pointing this out.
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I heard Ms Office might come to Linux. if so then the entire industry might be saved.
 
What I like about linux is your not tired to a particular desktop!!!
 
+Josh Miller Yes, it is very likely that in the near future office suits will live on the internet rather than installed in your machine.
 
Hey +Josh Miller, reading my feed? I'm pretty sure I'm the one calling the Microsoft Office on Linux just Office 365 with offline support.  

+Greg Kroah-Hartman: #GabeNewells  speech seems to be a hot topic among many of the open-source / free-software feeds I'm watching. It's wonderful to see the leaders at +Valve / +Valve Linux realizing that /Linux opens doors for their future...

while at the same time it is crushing to see former luminaries like #JohnCarmack  shatter their reputation and credibility on F.U.D. slinging. 
 
Unlike Gabe Newell, I am not the guy with the hundreds of millions of dollars (so my opinion is really pointless) , but I would not bet on a "box" in the living room, but rather embedded in your "Smart TV" - invisible to the consumer.

It's a market thing: majority of people don't want to buy an "extra" thing. Hide your hardware inside your TV. Connect it to the broadband Internet. 
 
+Alex Trpkovic that's been tried, it turns out people don't buy new tvs very often, but are willing to buy new boxes to connect to their old tvs.
 
+Greg Kroah-Hartman But that's just because TV technology doesn't improve very fast (not that it really needs to), whereas boxes not only lend a huge boost in the capability of the set, but also are much cheaper than buying a new TV. 
 
I think Valve's strategy with Linux is like Google's: develop a standard OS (call it Steambuntu) that they control, and allow independent manufacturers to use it to build consoles of their own and sell them. This allows those manufacturers and Valve to steal market share from the dominant players (Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony) that keep their platforms to themselves.

So here's my idea of what will happen. First, Valve will create their own console and perfect it. They'll make it very lucrative (maybe their latest games on it exclusively for some time). This will make people buy it, and bring in industry support (this is already happening with Steam for Linux).

However, this alone won't be enough to gain good market share or industry support. So what they will do next is to share Steambuntu with PC/console manufacturers that they have already been in talks with (they went to CES for that purpose, remember?). Those manufacturers will flood the market with lots of consoles, all of different shapes, sizes, and capabilities. People will buy lots of these consoles mainly because of their lower price point. More industry support will follow as a result.

Suddenly, Steambuntu will be a worthy contender in the console space. Of course, like Android, most people will buy cheap consoles, and as a result "experts" and "pros" will call Steambuntu just a cheap gimmicky alternative while Valve and other manufacturers work on better stuff. Soon people will get the incentive to try higher-end Steambuntu consoles, and this will eventually make it a top-tier competitor to Xbox or PS. Because of the inherent variety in the model, more people would be likely to buy Steambuntu consoles than the other ones, and this will basically end up giving Steambuntu the front seat.
 
I welcome that Steam and the industry are finally trying to make a move to Linux, but I dislike the negative tone. They use wordings like breaking out of a jail but at the same time still rely on proprietary drivers. There have been so many issues with proprietary drivers in the past, I hope they'll soon realize that Microsoft isn't the one and only "evil" company. 
 
Let's go with Pipe. As in, piping games to your TV. Or laying a pipe across Big Console's heads.
 
Office on the web???? Not me... way to "open" for business
 
+Alex Trpkovic I can see the in the future consoles & computers will be made to just plug into a hdmi port like a usb stick (therefore becoming 'invisible') but the problem with smart tvs is that you can't upgrade the hardware, manufacturers don't seem to be interested in upgrading software, and the tv is more of a hardware equivalent to a passive appliance like a toaster (you just put things in and turn 'er on).  
 
+Benjamin Tegge Agreed. Not to mention the hypocrisy of Valve complaining about Microsoft locking people into a closed platform. Hello pot, meet kettle.
 
Watching the industry move from open and free where you can install what you want when you want from whom you want to one with closed down installs, locked down devices,  walled garden software stores has been let's say more than disconcerting.  This is not how the industry was envisioned.  Frankly, to me it is more than the measure of one company, rather an attempt to assert greater control over our ability to be free on the internet.

When I started seeing this it became clear to me that Linux was the ONLY answer and that it was the TOTAL answer.  It can never be locked down or closed off.  If anyone does assert their dominance and tries, users need only fork.
 
Gabe is a little hypocritical, certainly on the theoretical level.

However, in the real world, as long as the walled garden is better than the alternatives, no-one cares that it's a walled garden.  For a long time Steam was that "better than the alternatives", and in many ways it still is.  It's only when you find out you're locked into an inferior product does the sh!t hit the fan.

Also, there still is a difference between an App/Game store being a walled garden and the ENTIRE OS going there.  If I can't run steam, I have other options to get/store/manage my games; and it doesn't adversely impact any other software I'd like/need to use.  If I can't run an OS and the other things I need, my computer may as well be a pile of rocks for all the good it will do me.

Yeh yeh, we now have multiple GOOD Linux options, and there is cloned/similar software that covers most tasks.  But it hasn't always been this good, nor are all niches covered, or covered WELL.