http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/16/3652756/valve-big-picture-mode-steam-os-linux-game-console A really interesting article on Steam for Linux. Apparently the company is concerned Windows will become a closed OS in the future due to the App store. There is even talk of a "Steam Box" (a prototype/reference design for OEMs to use as a minimum spec), Steam game controllers, virtual reality headset as a way to protect against a shift of business. Clearly they see the falling the price of hardware (along with fear of windows being a closed OS) as incentive to plan for an alternative pathway. P.S. One thing that has always bothered me about Windows is the high price of entry that discourages the purchase of bargain hardware. (eg, why even bother with that $50 Fry's CPU/mainboard bundle for a 2nd, 3rd or 4th computer when it takes a $100 OEM OS to run it.) And while PC gaming isn't something I do very often (Thankfully Steam is now offering non-gaming Apps-->http://www.polygon.com/2012/10/2/34...e-titles-on-steam-six-programs-10-percent-off), a successful launch of steam on linux could do wonders for the popularity (and further development) of an Open Sourced OS like Linux for desktop.