On Tue, Jul 02, 2019 at 13:43:49 -0400,
Matthew Miller <mattdm(a)fedoraproject.org> wrote:
Several people have suggested to me that it'd be awesome for a Fedora
offering to be _the_ supported Steam distribution. Or at least, a formally
recommended one. I can definitely see the appeal -- although we haven't
targetted gamers formally except through the Games spin (which showcases
open source gaming), gaming is generally pretty important to the
student/academic audience we'd like to reach.
But, of course, Steam is a proprietary platform, and gaming comes with the
large elephant-in-the-room that is Nvidia. Despite awesomeness from the AMD
open source driver recently, and Intel integrated video good enough for a
lot of basic gaming, Nvidia still has a near monopoly.
I don't see us becoming _the_ supported Steam distribution unless we are
willing to block updates to things to not break Steam (which might include
proprietary video drivers).
I don't think that is a good trade off. Certainly working with them to
improve things for everybody is a laudable goal.
Personally, I don't use Steam at all. When I want specific proprietary games
bad enough, I get them from Gog to avoid drm. I'm starting to move to power 9
to avoid proprietary firmware, but it will be a while before I retire my
existing laptops that I currently play games on. None of my current favorite
computer games (free and proprietary) are very demanding graphically.
So for me trading off delaying new features in Fedora for a better Steam
experience, provides no direct benefits. There may be indirect benefits,
but I wouldn't want to give up much for them up front.