Valve's Steam client for Linux confirmed?

By on December 1, 2008, 11:16 AM
Is Valve quietly preparing Linux ports of its games? Rumors of an impending Source engine port emerged over six months ago, and today, Phoronix claims to have located some Linux libraries in the Windows version of the Left 4 Dead demo that further point in this direction, in particular, one named 'steamclient_linux.so.'

While the game's full release does not include these libraries, their inclusion in the demo suggests that Steam games could have native Linux clients in the near future, especially considering the libraries contain several strings nonessential to a Linux Left 4 Dead dedicated server but rather point to a Steam 3 release client on a Linux file-system.

Despite the somewhat limited appeal such a move could possibly have among the gaming crowd, it doesn't seem entirely out of the question that Valve would be striving to make Steam completely platform-agnostic, and a recent job listing at the company looking for someone whose responsibilities would include porting Windows-based games to the Linux platform seems to support this.




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Star*Dagger said:
I wholeheartedly applaud Valve for this move.For their next trick they should make steam capable of playing games not written for linux, and single handedly usher in the First Age of Linux gaming (most gamers don't have enough virgins laying around to sacrifice to get the games working on linux)In any case, valve continues to lead from the front and is advancing PC gaming.Yours in Valvian Plasma,Star*Dagger
fullmetalvegan said:
It's not really advancing gaming. Anyone that uses Linux and plays games has Windows on a dualboot - so this just means they won't dualboot. It's not going to dramatically open the doors to new gamers or anything. =P
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