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Gabe Newell declares Linux the future of video gaming, says new hardware is coming

Gabe Newell declares Linux the future of video gaming, says new hardware is coming

When Gabe Newell speaks, it's wise to listen. The man is a legend in the games industry, and for very good reason. He's charted these messy waters for many years now with very consistent success. 

So even if the idea of Linux becoming the dominant gaming platform sounds pretty silly to you, it's worth it to sit down and give it some thought about where he's coming from, because he's not saying it lightly.

Also consider that Newell isn't simply an analyst offering up a guess about which direction the wind will blow. He's a major force that pushes the wind in a particular direction.

Could Linux become the next big platform? An open source operating system certainly worked well for Android, but it's proven to be a pretty terrible gaming platform compared to the walled garden of iOS. 

It's not like Linux is going to shut down Windows inside of two years and become a raging phenomenon. It's much more likely that Newell intends Valve's efforts to be the tip of the spear in an effort that may last the better part of this decade. And in that long of a time frame, everything in the tech world could change.