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It's official: Valve is working on Steam for Ubuntu 12.04 Linux

By Leeky
Jul 17, 2012
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  1. Valve games running on Linux moved a step closer to reality yesterday with the company confirming the development of Steam for Linux. The team working on the Linux port will first focus with on compatibility for Ubuntu 12.04, with games…

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  2. yorro

    yorro TS Enthusiast Posts: 245

    The game changer.
  3. Randomthom

    Randomthom TS Rookie Posts: 20   +9

    I already own L4D, L4D2 etc. I wonder if I will own the linux version automatically or if I'd need to buy it again...
  4. I can only assume since if you already own a game for PC on steam you also own it on a mac that, yes, you will own it on linux.
  5. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 636   +117

    Assuming I wouldn't have to buy another copy just for my Linux install then yes, I would probably ditch Windows for good and move to mainly using Linux. Right now my gaming habit is what keeps me attached to Windows.
  6. awesome news!
    Time for Linux desktop to shine!
  7. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 549   +102

    If Valve gets this working to play most of their game library, what do you want to bet Microsoft will be throwing lawsuits at them left and right? Yorro is right, this could be a game changer.
  8. Linux is open and free, why close it down like Windows or worse, like a console, with the closed Steam? I dont see any benefit to linux gaming, only to Gabe's already very deep pockets. Doesnt matter whether Steam runs on linux, how many game developers will make their Steam games run on linux? I dont like l4d2, what other games will steam offer on linux?
  9. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,912   +362

    Above guest, you DO realize valve is one of the main reasons (if not the main reason) PC gaming is still alive?
    You want to know what the benefit to linux gaming is? a FREE OS. and as for compatibility, it will vary from developer to developer. However, I see this as an opportunity for many indie developers to begin considering linux as a platform.
  10. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! :D
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,533   +301

    [quote="Guest, post: 1202885"how many game developers will make their Steam games run on linux? I dont like l4d2, what other games will steam offer on linux?[/quote]

    I don't know the answer. But I'd speculate that if it has a Mac version then it will have a Linux version too. The difference in coding between Windows and Mac has to be a lot larger than the difference between Mac and Linux.
     
  12. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 412   +42

    Now, if only Nvidia and AMD could step up and write better linux drivers. That would be great. Or better yet, rewrite X window system. It is fricken HORRID and in serious need of a revamp. Scratch that; canning and complete re-conceptualisation.
  13. Actually there is a project to replace X window system, called Wayland which is going to find its way inside Ubuntu later : http://wayland.freedesktop.org/

    Say good bye to desktop composition glitches :D
  14. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 977   +31

    I'm glad that Steam is coming to Linux. For a lot of indie devs Linux is already an important platform and now finally all versions will be available in one place. It's also nice to get Valve games on Linux.

    It's another step towards Linux becoming a more mature platform for users of all types. Hopefully this will help make my experience with Linux better the next time I try it.
  15. This is really great news as it will more easily allow game developers to access another group of users and help expand the Linux platform.
  16. at ikesmasher,

    I´m specifying that linux´ openness and freedom going against Valve's Steam's closedness. There´s several indie games right now that support linux without needing Steam. I dont see why linux users, who enjoy freedom should now comply to Steam's closed, xboxlive-like service.
  17. and no, they are not the reason why pc gaming is still alive, as much as they claim they are.


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