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Valve Finally Confirms Steam for Linux

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Rejoice Linux users! Steam for Linux is finally here!

A few months ago, we reported that Steam for Linux would be coming in a matter of months. Back in April, Phoronix founder Michael Larabel claimed that Valve was working on a client that would run natively on Linux with "[n]o Wine library or anything else for "fake" support."

It looks like Larabel was right.

Yesterday, Valve officially announced Steam for Linux by launching the Valve Linux blog. The first post details a little bit of the history of why and how Steam finally implemented Linux support.

Apparently, the company was interested in porting Steam over to Linux because Source-based games already supported Linux servers. In 2011, a team was formed with the specific focus of converting Steam and Valve's popular zombie shooter Left 4 Dead 2 to Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions.

"Since the Steam client isn’t much without a game, we’re also porting L4D2 to Ubuntu," the company wrote via its brand new Linux blog. "This tests the game-related features of the Steam client, in addition to L4D2 gameplay on Ubuntu. Over the last few months, excellent progress has been made on several fronts and it now runs natively on Ubuntu 12.04. We’re working hard to improve the performance and have made good progress (more on that in a future post). Our goal is to have L4D2 performing under Linux as well as it performs under Windows."

For those running other Linux distributions, don't worry. Valve hasn't discounted other Linux distributions and is merely testing the waters of the Linux platform with Ubuntu.

Valve's current goals for Steam for Linux were roughly outlined as follows:

  • getting the Steam client onto Linux with full functionality
  • optimizing a version of L4D2 running at a high frame rate with OpenGL
  • porting additional Valve titles

Valve provided no additional details on which titles will be ported over next. Hopefully we'll hear more on this very soon. In the meantime, you can check out Steam's new Linux blog here.

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    killerclick , July 17, 2012 10:29 PM
    When I said "Windows would be in trouble", I meant a bit of trouble, like losing 5-6% in market share. :-)
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    wiinippongamer , July 17, 2012 10:27 PM
    This is it. The beggining of the end for Windows. The release of windows 8 will only make them go down faster. :' )
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    killerclick , July 17, 2012 10:24 PM
    Now if only Adobe released CS for Linux, Windows would be in trouble. Not going to happen though, but maybe they'll have some on-line equivalent in a few years.
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  • 13 Hide
    killerclick , July 17, 2012 10:24 PM
    Now if only Adobe released CS for Linux, Windows would be in trouble. Not going to happen though, but maybe they'll have some on-line equivalent in a few years.
  • 13 Hide
    wiinippongamer , July 17, 2012 10:27 PM
    This is it. The beggining of the end for Windows. The release of windows 8 will only make them go down faster. :' )
  • 15 Hide
    killerclick , July 17, 2012 10:29 PM
    When I said "Windows would be in trouble", I meant a bit of trouble, like losing 5-6% in market share. :-)
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    lradunovic77 , July 17, 2012 10:29 PM
    This is it. Can't wait for this to happen so i can ditch Windows. I am sick of Windows 8 and abomination of Windows in form of Metro.
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    whimseh , July 17, 2012 10:37 PM
    The Windows haters here are so hilarious. :')
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    pharoahhalfdead , July 17, 2012 10:43 PM
    I've never used Linux, but some of my friends use it, and would love to have something like Steam. It's good to see Valve doing this.
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    evilaaron11 , July 17, 2012 10:45 PM
    I don't think Steam for Linux will really change much of anything. Unless of course there are actually games to play. Regardless, however, the average consumer won't care to learn how to use Linux, so I doubt Windows is in any trouble at all.
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    rodbowler , July 17, 2012 10:46 PM
    whimsehThe Windows haters here are so hilarious. :')

    I don't hate Windows. I do think that Microsoft has long abused its monopoly, and would be happy to have some more choice. I currently run my games (and VISIO) in WINE, and it can be a total pain (all productivity aside from VISIO is well covered by Linux-native software). I applaud Valves move to a native Linux client.
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    alextheblue , July 17, 2012 11:32 PM
    evilaaron11I don't think Steam for Linux will really change much of anything. Unless of course there are actually games to play. Regardless, however, the average consumer won't care to learn how to use Linux, so I doubt Windows is in any trouble at all.
    Especially if you have to adapt the games for every major distro. Even then... what about cross platform compatibility? What about VAC? There's a lot more to keep track of now. I think they'd be better off sticking to just Mac/Windows, but it's their time and money.
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    notsleep , July 17, 2012 11:39 PM
    all 5 linux users are now happy. :p 
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    zoemayne , July 17, 2012 11:45 PM
    lradunovic77This is it. Can't wait for this to happen so i can ditch Windows. I am sick of Windows 8 and abomination of Windows in form of Metro.

    I'm sure any major change is a abomination to guys like you.
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    Anonymous , July 17, 2012 11:51 PM
    Take Linux Mint..

    There is less to "learn how it works" than going from Windows 7 to 8.

    Every single Mint installation I have done in four years is still working and the customers using it will not readily go back to windows!
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    dalauder , July 17, 2012 11:57 PM
    zoemayneI'm sure any major change is a abomination to guys like you.
    Although I agree that the hatred of Windows 8 is excessive (it's still the second best Windows I've used). I have to ask if you've used it. The tacked-on Metro thing basically is useless on a PC as it doesn't let me manage what's opened and minimized efficiently. Don't get me wrong, the interface could be great on a touch device, but it's just an annoying and cumbersome on a PC.
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    ddpruitt , July 18, 2012 12:17 AM
    Steam runs on Linux, GREAT!!

    Except 99% of the games won't run on Linux, those that do are available through sources other than Steam.
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    HDmac , July 18, 2012 12:24 AM
    Oh, man. I have always "thought" of switching from windows to linux, but now I am seriously considering it.
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    jryan388 , July 18, 2012 12:26 AM
    If it does happen, it'll be slow, like with macs. Maybe in 10 years MS might start to worry.
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    john_4 , July 18, 2012 12:38 AM
    FINALLY, Welcome Ubuntu duel boot and eventual non Window machines for gaming. Open GL/CL and Linux runs games much better than Windows does and before you fanboys say otherwise WINE is an emulation program. Native Linux game will run wild over Windows.
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    john_4 , July 18, 2012 12:40 AM
    DRM and proprietary software or not Valve has my full support, now how's about HL2 episode 3. I have some fat bloated aliens to kill.
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    john_4 , July 18, 2012 12:43 AM
    ddpruittSteam runs on Linux, GREAT!!Except 99% of the games won't run on Linux, those that do are available through sources other than Steam.

    For the older ones WINE will have that covered. you just have to know your computer a little and not be a tool for MS.
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    john_4 , July 18, 2012 12:53 AM
    There will be some road bumps but the Linux community is resolved and patient, we will free the code for all. No one should pay for for a OS as in you can not buy a computer right now without a proprietary OS on it, be it MS or Apple. Before any of you jump on the tiny segment of Linux sold computers, think...
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