Skip to comments.Valve Software Begins Linux Gaming Revolution: Steam for Linux Available.
Posted on 02/15/2013 8:21:52 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Valve Software, the owner of Steam video game distributing system, on Thursday announced the release of its Steam for Linux client. The launch of the Steam client for Canonicals Ubuntu moves Valve a step closer to creation its own Linux-based low-cost personal computers for gaming. What remains to be seen is how well will titles developed with Windows in mind work under different OS.
"The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers. We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. We're looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam," said David Pitkin, director of consumer applications at Canonical.
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LOL - they sure did a number on the release of Impire yesterday, making its distribution a pain.
I use to love to play Day of Defeat (a steam/valve game). They updated it and I lost interest but it was a great game.
There Ain't Gonna Be no AAA games because it has three A's!
I don't have any experience with the competitors (www.steampowered.com, kde-look.org...Steam+Companion) or this offering from valve, but will say that the kids who inhabit this house got plenty of use playing steam games on a Windows platform.
And there is a release of Ubuntu out today:
If that wasn't big enough news for gamers, Steam is also putting every Ubuntu-enabled title on sale for 50-75% off until Monday, February 21 at 10:00am PST. Their initial game offering consists of 60 games including such popular titles as Half-Life, Counter-Strike and the free to play Team Fortress 2. For hardcore Linux fans, "as a launch giveaway and for the hardcore gamers who need every item in Team Fortress, for a limited time when you play Team Fortress 2 on Ubuntu you will get a Tux penguin item to keep or trade."
Steam developed for Linux a while back but stopped. There’s a push toward Linux for desktops with major OEMs, and I think this is becoming a sell point for gamers. I’ve been on Ubuntu for years and love it. I use Fedora for my home servers.
I still have a Win7 machine for gaming, but most of my day-to-day is on Linux.
Anyway, like you, most of my day-to-day in on Linux, but of the 7 to 12 computers on the local network, only three that I personally claim are running linux (ancient screenless laptop as mail and print server, some old K8 machine in a desktop case as file / photo / music repository and server, and I do most of my keyboarding and viewing on a $150 NC6000 from ebay). The other machines are WinXP or Android (close to linux) or iPods.
When I install Civ 5, it will try to install the windows Steam client. If I install the Linux version of Steam first, can I play Civ5 through WINE on the Linux Steam client?
My Grandson plays CIV I think...at one time,...but he has a real job now and a wee little one.
Just filling in some more info from Phoenix:
How many games have been modified to work with Linux?
I don’t see Linux displacing windows any time soon in any market that it hasn’t already.
I write software for a living and even I hate linux. I spend more time holding linux’s hand and wet nursing it than I do getting anything done with it. Ubuntu included.
Steam is scared of Ouya, and for good reason.
It’s good to see some competition in the Linux OS universe in the gaming space, but this is still trapped by AMD/ATI’s failure to implement proper GPU drivers OR to release source code for the Linux community to build proper drivers for the Linux and BSD universe.
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