Last week the co-founder and lead developer of the game studio id Software talked about Linux games during the keynote at the QuakeCon conference. While id Software supported Linux in the past, today John Carmack judges the Linux game market not profitable enough and simply does not see any potential in it for his company.
In the recent post on the Valve's Linux Blog, the Linux team of the company, as promised, has reported about the performance optimizations they have done for the coming Linux products. In fact they already achieved a big progress getting Left 4 Dead 2 running faster on Ubuntu than on Windows 7 after performing a series of optimizations in the last time.
Gabe Newell, co-founder and CEO of Valve, was recently interviewed by the former head of Microsoft Game Studio at the Casual Connect conference in Seattle. In this interview Gabe Newell told about the current priorities and future plans of the company. For the first time he spoke publicly about the increasing use of Linux within the company.
Valve Software has launched a Linux blog where the Linux community should be informed about the development efforts and progress of Steam on Linux. In the first blog post, named Steam'd Penguins, the plans for the upcoming version of Steam for Linux have been presented. Here is a brief summary of the first blog entry: