Valve may have the ability to make deals with hardware manufacturer in regard hardware driver&stuff; but Linux and all its flavoured distro are open source, don't they?
So, why don't a "dirty trick" (not really dirty, but still a trick) on them?
Let's make a ItchOS that runs live and persistently booting from USB (usb3 for faster boot): bypassing (virtually) any kind of OS that may comes installed on *every* PC capable with legacy usb boot (and maybe even on some UEFI bios too).
Nowdays is possible to buy a usb3 64GB dongle for about 22€... even if the whole ItchOS takes about 5GB, still remain about 50~60GB worth free space to install lot of stuff.
The physical "Itch key" (usb3 dongle) would be even sold in bundle packages with some games already.
The options could be:
- minimal live with just graphics/network(browser)/gaming services installed (who needs to have cups and other stuff on a linux live distro?) "ala" puppy linux (ref)
-regular "*buntu flavoured" install with complete set of tools
-rebrew SteamOS: kick out steam-binary stuff, plug in the Itch's ones. :wicked:
One can imagine things XD