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Steam Linux Plans

Steam’d Penguins on the Valve Website has new details on Valve's progress in adding Linux support to Steam and their games. Here's word on their progress on a Linux Steam client and a Linux edition of Left 4 Dead 2:

The goal of the Steam client project is a fully-featured Steam client running on Ubuntu 12.04. We’ve made good progress this year and now have the Steam client running on Ubuntu with all major features available. We’re still giving attention and effort to minor features but it’s a good experience at the moment. In the near future, we will be setting up an internal beta focusing on the auto-update experience and compatibility testing.

Since the Steam client isn’t much without a game, we’re also porting L4D2 to Ubuntu. 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.

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62. Re: Steam Linux Plans Jul 18, 2012, 07:30 Dades
theyarecomingforyou wrote:
We're not starting that up again.

I think you deserved that for the retarded Linux looks like ass comments. You keep insisting you use Linux but have been wrong on several points, only refer to it in vague terms and show no practical knowledge of it.

As for being concerned about Windows 8 being a "turd", I don't think that's a serious concern. Windows ME and Vista didn't send people running to Macs or Linux; they simply stuck with the existing version of Windows that they had.

The landscape of computing today is a lot different than Vista was released. Microsoft is competing for mindshare with mobile operating systems, living room devices, tablets and more. Much like RIM once seemed untouchable in the mobile space and is now on a downward trend, Microsoft won't get a free pass forever because of Office and Windows.

I doubt Linux will be a threat to that but it doesn't have to be the only one, it will be a bunch of different things chinking away at their armor. People have stabilized their needs and most of them only need a web browser and very basic office productivity software. Even Linux can deliver that without issue. Gaming is one of the last exclusive havens and Microsoft has totally neglected it in favor of a console market that they still haven't won. I think Valve is being cautious, not just fishing for more customers.

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