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Gabe Newell (Formerly Microsoft, Now Valve’s Head) and Intel Declare GNU/Linux Desktop Victorious

Posted in GNU/Linux, Hardware at 8:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Gabe Newell
Source: Official GDC

Summary: The long-ridiculed claims that GNU/Linux has reached its year of desktop prominence are becoming mainstream

Valve is shifting away from Windows and will soon reveal its GNU/Linux appliance [1-10], which will be a gaming machine. Intel, the largest chipmaker, is meanwhile showing increasing levels of support for GNU/Linux leaders [11] (except Canonical’s forks with Ubuntu [12]) in order to sell chips on devices [13-14], desktops/laptops [15], and servers [16]. There is clearly a lot of work going into kernel-level improvements [17-20] and Intel now foresees a future of GNU/Linux as the dominant desktop platform [21-22]. Given that even allies of Microsoft (or former staff-turned-entrepreneur with net worth of $ 1.1 billion) switch to GNU/Linux so enthusiastically, can anyone still say with a straight face that GNU/Linux will never “make it”?

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