Sources: Valve, Gabe Newell on YouTube
quote: I never claimed it wasn't, and if you re-read my posts, you will see I never tried to use it as an argument. So why do you try to make it sound like I did?
quote: When I mentioned Win32 desktop, I was simply referring to programming anything in the desktop environment, which can be compiled, distributed and run completely independently with no contract or licensing from microsoft. It is 100% open and Microsoft has no say in whether your app can be run or not.
quote: I'M telling you that comparing Steam to Windows is biased, they are two dissimilar platforms. You have to compare Steam to the Windows Store! Do you have a major reading comprehension problem or something?
quote: Well again, Valve has no "desktop environment" to compare to Windows. However they DO give all of their software and developer tools out for free. And you can even use these to distribute/sell games, software, and mods outside of Steam. Is that not "open" to you?
quote: Also Gabe's statements are about where they are going, not where they've been. Unless you have all the details about the inner workings of this "Steambox", you cannot possibly say if it's going to be open or closed.