Desperately awaiting The Orange Box (Half Life 2) games for GNU/Linux

Open Letter to VALVE, the makers of the awesome Half-Life games:

Hi there. Hope things are going well in Valve/Steam-Land. You guys have some awesome products... nice job!!

I wanted to tell you that I was reading an article about how you may release the steam engine to us GNU/Linux users. This way, we too can enjoy your games as well as the Win-users do.

I know, I know... I also see that it's relatively easy to run VALVE games on GNU/Linux using Wine, but that doesn't interest me, because in my eyes that supports monopoly.

Personally, I think all games should be native to GNU/Linux FIRST, because GNU/Linux is the Universal Operating System and is not restricted from being installed inside any other Operating System as an engine for the application. Many other types of technology use the GNU/Linux Universal Operating system this this way, so why shouldn't computer games? Why should I have to pay a tax to Microsoft? I don't use their OS at home. I wrote a small blog entry about how GNU/Linux would be the ultimate gaming platform.

So today I was checking out the Steam Store, and I was very impressed with the reasonable prices you are offering your games for. These games seem like a great value.

I was SO CLOSE to buying some of your Half Life 2 games... But sorry, I didn't buy them.... I just couldn't bring myself to paying the Wind0ws tax by supporting a game that is native to it. Also, I truly don't believe Monopoly is a good thing for anyone.

I have a computer that can run 3d games, I just recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 530n and added in an NVIDIA 9400GT 3d graphics card... see my writeup of it here.

Now I just need to purchase some 3d games for the holidays for my shiny new computer.

I would really like to purchase Half Life 2 for GNU/Linux. Please let me know when this is available.

In the meantime, I guess my dollar vote will instead go to the GNU/Linux native 3d game Yo!Frankie from the Blender Institute.

Thanks! Cheers! and here's looking forward to the Future of GNU/Linux and VALVE!!

Shannon VanWagner
GNU/Linux Enthusiast and Technology Professional

Looking to help out? Sign the petition to get Steam available for GNU/Linux here. Also, checkout any other GNU/Linux related petitions here. If we can organize the millions who use and promote GNU/Linux, we can get it done.

Congratulations on your Freedom!!


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