By the way -
Dear Esther seems to be DRM free
Death and the Fly requires Steam.
edit - hmm, I noticed Dear Esther in the bin requiring Steam - I will check again later.
Yeah, Dear Esther didn't work for me. Try it again though and let me know. It has the steam.dll and steam_api.dll files in it's directory and usually the games that have those files require Steam to run. I'll try the game again as well when I can.
Edit: Also, Space Empires IV Deluxe is DRM free, but you have to use something like this: http://nemesis.thewavelength.net/index.php?p=26
to extract the game folder out of the GCF file.
That may be true for some games. However if there's no other protection noted from the developers or publishers, just uses Steam alone for one time activation, and doesn't force the client to be running all the time when moving the files outside of the Steam folder it is indeed DRM-Free. Also please read the first two posts of the thread, it covers this specifically.
The reason I posted what I posted what was not due the the OP but what alot of people where saying the thread. Merely moving the files from the Steam directory does not at all prove the absence of the 3rd party DRM as this may well work on say games that have limited activations. Developers and publisher not saying there is any 3rd party DRM doesn't mean anything either. For example Rockstar refuses to state how many activations Max Payne 3 has. So sadly we can't expect full disclosure from them.
"Note that games with any third party DRM are disqualified from this list, even if they do not actually use CEG (such as C&C4 or Batman:AA)."
You have to actually read the original post =)