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Valve Offers Free Subscription To Debian Developers: Paying It Forward

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  • OK... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 23, 2014 @09:08PM (#46052649)

    and now nothing will get done.
    This is obviously effort to thwart Debian.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 23, 2014 @09:09PM (#46052653)

    I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS

    • Re:This is a Triumph (Score:4, Interesting)

      by AlphaWolf_HK (692722) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @10:12PM (#46053031)

      Could be...for Valve, though that's not a bad thing. I'm not even angry; I'm being so sincere right now.

      If the debian developers were more interested in something consumer focused like games, then Linux could have a better chance at entering the consumer space (whereas right now it is mostly enterprise focused.) Free games that work with the thing you created isn't a bad way to attract that.

  • by TrollstonButterbeans (2914995) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @09:09PM (#46052657)
    Q: Why did Debian development stop?
    A: The entire development team was given dozens of free video games.
  • by Oliver_Etchebarne (647762) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @09:14PM (#46052697) Homepage Journal

    There is a extra 'v' in the link. The real link is https://lists.debian.org/debia... [debian.org]

  • A wise move.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Dega704 (1454673) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @09:28PM (#46052797)
    Not just because this builds rapport with the community, but also because debian developers playing lots of Valve games will be debian developers with lots of firsthand exposure to any bugs or areas that could be improved; and the best work often comes from someone scratching a personal itch. Valve plays the game well (no pun intended).
    • Developer approval (Score:5, Interesting)

      by tepples (727027) <{tepples} {at} {gmail.com}> on Thursday January 23, 2014 @09:33PM (#46052823) Homepage Journal
      But Debian's approval process for developers [debian.org] might get swamped by people trying to gain Debian Developer status just for the free games.
      • by Pav (4298)
        ...in the process stacking the Debian voting process in favor of Valve - wonderful.
    • by Bovius (1243040)

      Agreed. I'm sure internally, Valve deals with the same circus of foibles that every other tech company sees. But externally, looking at their overarching business strategy, it's really satisfying to see them playing the long game, and knowing that in all probability the PC gaming market will continue to benefit from their efforts.

  • The announcement on the mailing list says that developers need to send a signed email (signed with a key in the Debian keyring) to the Valve contact to request a redemption code. So my question is, what does it take to be recognised by Debian as a developer and get your key added to their keyring? Is this just for core Debian coders, or do documentation authors, package maintainers, etc, count too? This could be a great incentive for more people to get involved with the more mundane tasks that people usuall

    • Looks like tepples comment [slashdot.org] answers my question. The Debian New Member process is outlined here [debian.org].

    • by vux984 (928602)

      I'm guessing its not that big of a deal.

      Steam itself is free. And how many valve games are there actually? 2 left for deads, 2 portals, and the half-life/counterstrike series? Anyone who wants those can pick them up for 75% off during any of their many sales... its what $20 or 30 bucks worth of games tops?

      Not to diminish the act, or my appreciation of Valve's recognition of the Debian developer team... but I can't really see a FLOOD of people trying to get on the debian development team over a few games, mo

      • You missed DOTA 2, Day of defeat, team fortress classic and deathmatch classic (granted you might consider some of those part of the "half life/counterstrike series").

        When I look on steam the "valve complete pack" currently costs £50. Of course if you wait for a sale you can probablly pick it up much cheaper than that.

        • by vux984 (928602)

          You missed DOTA 2, Day of defeat, team fortress classic and deathmatch classic (granted you might consider some of those part of the "half life/counterstrike series").

          You don't exactly have to be a debian developer to get Dota2 or TFC for free.

          The other two titles you mentioned are pretty minor, and usually obtained via a bundle anyway.

          When I look on steam the "valve complete pack" currently costs £50.

          And if you buy during any of the regular sales you can pick up everything Valve offers for 75%

  • Mark my words: When the Xbone and Paystation 4 are historical artifacts, there will be young people playing games on their Steam Boxes, most likely Hotline:Miami VII.

    And then a meteor will hit earth and nobody will be playing anything.

    Seriously, Steam Box will overtake the other gaming platforms. Plus, you can dual-boot and get work done. We will look at the consoles of 2013 approximately the way we look at the Dreamcast.

    • We will look at the consoles of 2013 approximately the way we look at the Dreamcast.

      With a sudden, and overwhelming, desire to find a copy of Power Stone?

      • We will look at the consoles of 2013 approximately the way we look at the Dreamcast.

        With a sudden, and overwhelming, desire to find a copy of Power Stone?

        Does Super Smash Bros. or Custom Robo come closer to carrying on the platform fighting legacy of Power Stone?

    • by tepples (727027)

      We will look at the consoles of 2013 approximately the way we look at the Dreamcast.

      You mean as a set-top gaming device that allowed running homebrew with just a CD burner and no modchip?

      • by PopeRatzo (965947)

        OK, on second thought, it won't be exactly as cool as a Dreamcast.

        I'll just put the analogy aside and say in a few years, when Steam Boxes are still being enjoyed widely, the main consoles of 2013 will be seen as really lame.

  • SteamOS is a good thing, since it will reduce the amount of proprietary software used by many gamers. Eventually, Debian may reach the stage where SteamOS and Steam become obsolete, in which case those gamers can switch to regular Debian. However, DDs are *already* on regular Debian, so this would be a step backwards, for short-term gratification.

    I don't want to deny DDs this gift, but they should be aware those bearing it may be Greeks.

    The first thing that came to mind when I saw 'gratis licenses for Free

  • The link in the article points to https://lists.debian.org/debia... [debian.org]

    The correct link is https://lists.debian.org/debia... [debian.org]

    Not that anyone here would ever rtfa.. :)

  • If Steam for Linux becomes popular, maybe more users will use Linux and it will then attract malware programmers.
    Let's hope we won't have a new array Debian-powered botnets.

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