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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.

48. Re: Steam Linux Plans Jul 17, 2012, 18:42 theyarecomingforyou
Dades wrote on Jul 17, 2012, 18:03:
Windows is almost as bad as LED TVs, uh oh!
We're not starting that up again. Wall

Dades wrote on Jul 17, 2012, 18:03:
Do you think Valve decides to commit millions in resources to development on inferior operating systems going nowhere if they could just stick with Windows and not worry about it?
It's a business move designed to increase sales. Both OSX and Linux have support for some high profile games and some indie games but it's a real niche. Valve is trying to get in on that action and really doesn't have any competition to worry about. It doesn't mean that Valve considers Macs or Linux to offer serious competition to Windows - in fact the limited selection of games suggests they don't consider it to be a priority. What it does do is give them experience dealing with multi-platform titles, which will be especially useful if they move into the console world - they've already worked with Sony to do that with Portal 2. Also, I haven't seen any evidence to suggest they're spending "millions in resources" to develop the Linux version - it's more likely a few programmers doing it in as a pet project.

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.
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