> ...And just maybe a preparation for a rumored Valve/Steam console.
No OS licensing fees, lowering their costs to build a device supported by a free-to-play/pay-for-accessories model - this is the important part. In their shoes I'd consider including an Android userspace for movies and music, to save Steam over-reaching themselves.
>The final burning question is: Will Team Fortress 2 be ported? And will Linux gamers get Linux themed hats? Because that's what it's really all about.
If Left 4 Dead 2 is coming, then the Source engine is coming over, so the free-to-play Hat Simulator will be ported, too. I would expect some joke about Red Hats and Fedoras in there - but the Ubuntu platform doesn't have a link to hat-wearing. Space helmet?