Michael Larabel founder of some Linux site Phoronix had a tour and talk at Valve, here's what he has to say:
here's his article http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=valve_linux_dampfnudeln&num=1Phoronix IRC said:[21:34:25] i'm interested to hear about the stuff besides just source/steam client
[21:35:23] birch: I think I'll resist commenting on that for now
[21:35:48] how was your tour of valve?
[21:35:57] no problem, still interesting to hears other things are on the horizon, seems like rumors might actually be true
[21:36:06] tour? The tour took 5 minutes.... the Linux stuff took 6 hours.
[21:36:27] the 'rumors' for Linux on Valve are so tame compared to their grand plans
[21:37:03] that is wonderful that they are really taking linux seriously
[21:37:23] it was amazing....
[21:37:44] Gabe was bashing Windows harder than I even do normally..... hell I'm trying out Windows 8 soon as I get back to my office as I want to see if it's as bad as he says
[21:38:50] that is pretty amazing
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[21:40:20] will more information be coming later this week?
[21:42:33] so did you read the employee handbook beforehand?
[21:46:05] I'm writing an article right now
[21:46:15] oh ok
[21:54:08] it was really terrific, argh. having problems writing.
[21:54:36] have some more beer!
[22:01:05] I had a lot of fun running the Linux client binaries, felt so refreshing.
[22:01:24] They let me run free on a developers' workstation as I was doing some driver testing and setting up some debugging stuff, etc.
[22:02:52] so did you get to wheel a desk around?
[22:03:38] no, it was already setup
[22:06:04] sounds great
[22:10:15] I might actually have to wait until tomorrow morning to finish writing..... this was just so surprising with listening to Gabe about Linux.
[22:10:55] he's a former Microsoft employee though right?
[22:11:06] even funnier to hear then.
[22:11:45] A quote from my upcoming article already, " Listening to Gabe Newell talk about Linux for hours made me wonder whether he was a former ex-Microsoft employee (where he actually did work in his pre-Valve days...) or the director of the Linux Foundation. "
[22:11:54] take your time with the article, a well thought out article is always better than a rushed one