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Valve confirms Steam for Linux

Valve confirms Steam for Linux

As rumoured, Steam - along with Left 4 Dead 2 and other Valve titles - is heading to Linux in the not-too-distant future.

Valve has officially confirmed that it is developing a version of its Steam digital distribution platform for Linux - but its efforts are to be limited to a single distribution initially.

Announced late last night on the newly-launched Valve Linux Blog, the company has confirmed that its Steam platform will be launching on Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution, with other distributions potentially following at a later date.

'For some time, Gabe has been interested in the possibility of moving Steam and the Source game engine to Linux,' the Valve Linux team explains in the blog post. 'At the time, the company was already using Linux by supporting Linux-based servers for Source-based games and also by maintaining several internal servers (running a 64-bit version of Ubuntu server) for various projects. In 2011, based on the success of those efforts and conversations in the hallway, we decided to take the next step and form a new team.'

That team has been working, in slowly eroding secrecy, on moving Steam to Linux with a specific focus on making the software work under Ubuntu. 'Why Ubuntu? There are a couple of reasons for that,' the team explains. 'First, we're just starting development and working with a single distribution is critical when you are experimenting, as we are. It reduces the variability of the testing space and makes early iteration easier and faster. Secondly, Ubuntu is a popular distribution and has recognition with the general gaming and developer communities.

'This doesn’t mean that Ubuntu will be the only distribution we support,' the team adds. 'Based on the success of our efforts around Ubuntu, we will look at supporting other distributions in the future.'

Having already successfully ported Left 4 Dead 2 across to Ubuntu Linux, the team is now working on ensuring that the Steam client operates natively with full functionality, boosting the performance of Left 4 Dead 2 on Linux using OpenGL and porting additional Valve titles to the platform. As yet, the company has not confirmed whether it's working to help any of the other companies that publish through Steam port their own games to OpenGL and Linux.

The overall goal, the team explains, is to get Steam running on Ubuntu 12.04 along with a copy of Left 4 Dead 2. 'Over the last few months, excellent progress has been made on several fronts and it [Left 4 Dead 2] now runs natively on Ubuntu 12.04. We're working hard to improve the performance and have made good progress. Our goal is to have L4D2 performing under Linux as well as it performs under Windows.'

Valve's support of Linux - albeit only, at present, for a single popular distribution - will be a major boost for the cause of gaming on the open-source operating system. Should Valve's efforts be rewarded with a large install base and substantial revenue from Linux users - and there's little reason why it shouldn't - we'd expect to see other companies following suit.

Whether Linux will form the heart of the oft-rumoured Valve Box console, as has been suggested by industry watchers in the past, is as-yet unknown - as is, sadly, when Valve will be making Steam for Linux available to the public.

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GeorgeStorm 17th July 2012, 11:20 Quote
This is awesome news.
Atlast I can get steam chat easily on my laptop :P

If they start getting games working properly on linux aswell, my reasons for using Windows will plummet.
MrJay 17th July 2012, 11:28 Quote
Pure Win!
azrael- 17th July 2012, 11:31 Quote
Excellent news. In more than one way.
damien c 17th July 2012, 12:39 Quote
I have been waiting for someone to make games work on Linux without the need for emulators type software running and it looks like it may happen sooner, rather than later which has just put a smile on my face.

I mainly use my pc for gaming, and that is why I run Windows but I have always wanted to get in to Linux but could not be bothered with the constant reboot's to boot back in to Window's, or running it in a Virtualbox so this maybe the way in to Linux for me.


Nice work Valve not often I can say something good about you but this is excellent news.
Virus44 17th July 2012, 13:10 Quote
Finally !
mi1ez 17th July 2012, 13:33 Quote
But does this mean Nvidia and AMD will improve their Linux drivers? I think that could be a major hurdle still.
Andy Mc 17th July 2012, 16:13 Quote
Does this mean I have to re-buy the games on Linux or can I still use my windows purchases to play on Linux?

Pending the answer to that then this is pure win!
ZERO <ibis> 17th July 2012, 16:47 Quote
With this and the disaster that win 8 will be, perhaps Linux will be on the rise over the next few years.
mdshann 17th July 2012, 17:39 Quote
Andy MC: If it works like it did when they moved steam to Macintosh, no you will not have to rebuy your games. You will also be able to use the same saved games for games that use Steam Cloud.
bagman 17th July 2012, 17:43 Quote
No one cares Valve stop wasting your time and make more games.
DrTiCool 17th July 2012, 18:02 Quote
yay, just installed Ubuntu as a primary OS on my nb few week ago.
Valve you are doing smart and wise step again.
Er-El 17th July 2012, 18:27 Quote
One of the few Valve announcements that don't make me wonder about what's going on with Half Life 3 :D. Good job, Valve!
GeorgeStorm 17th July 2012, 18:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by bagman
No one cares Valve stop wasting your time and make more games.

...?
Wrong.
Glix 17th July 2012, 20:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by bagman
No one cares Valve stop wasting your time and make more games.

Do you really think they are committing game devs to make an application multiplatform compatible?
theshadow2001 17th July 2012, 23:40 Quote
I reckon if this takes off, Linux could be a hot spot for indie developers. There's a huge amount of directx games that won't make it to linux. Hopefully this will be the beginning of good video drivers though!
Star*Dagger 18th July 2012, 00:02 Quote
I hope they get rid of Source and get a DX11 engine in there.
But I fully support gaming on Linux.

Gabe Newell and Valve have helped PC and gaming development.

Yours in Appreciative Plasma,
Star*Dagger
skyhate 18th July 2012, 04:44 Quote
It is very important to export it to Linux people :p . Big new from Valve
Snips 18th July 2012, 08:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by bagman
No one cares Valve stop wasting your time and make more games.

The best comment here. What a complete waste of time and money, Valve dump this useless project and finish HL3!
azrael- 18th July 2012, 09:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
I hope they get rid of Source and get a DX11 engine in there.
But I fully support gaming on Linux.

Gabe Newell and Valve have helped PC and gaming development.

Yours in Appreciative Plasma,
Star*Dagger
Would be a bit hard to port a DX11 engine to Linux as DirectX is purely a Microsoft thing. I guess what you're after is an OpenGL-based engine that has feature-parity with a DX11-based engine.
Yaka 18th July 2012, 09:33 Quote
I'm hoping this works out really well for valve, I prefer using Linux only reason I have windows indtalled on my main rig is for gaming mainly
will_123 18th July 2012, 09:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
Quote:
Originally Posted by bagman
No one cares Valve stop wasting your time and make more games.

The best comment here. What a complete waste of time and money, Valve dump this useless project and finish HL3!

Well clearly you are in the minority here with that view. Why shouldn't they spend time porting games to Linux and OSX? Good to see they are going cross platform. Cant wait to try this on my Kubuntu install.
SighMoan 18th July 2012, 10:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
But does this mean Nvidia and AMD will improve their Linux drivers? I think that could be a major hurdle still.

Once they get Steam working on Linux on the less demanding games and increase the install base to a decent size, maybe AMD and Nvidia will pull their fingers out?
Snips 18th July 2012, 10:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by will_123
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Originally Posted by Snips
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Originally Posted by bagman
No one cares Valve stop wasting your time and make more games.

The best comment here. What a complete waste of time and money, Valve dump this useless project and finish HL3!

Well clearly you are in the minority here with that view. Why shouldn't they spend time porting games to Linux and OSX? Good to see they are going cross platform. Cant wait to try this on my Kubuntu install.

Here in this topic maybe but not the minority in the outside world. Can't think of a bigger waste of time and money than this project.
azrael- 18th July 2012, 10:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
Here in this topic maybe but not the minority in the outside world. Can't think of a bigger waste of time and money than this project.
Just how Google wasted all that time and money on Android... Morons, aren't they!
GeorgeStorm 18th July 2012, 10:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
Here in this topic maybe but not the minority in the outside world. Can't think of a bigger waste of time and money than this project.

I can't tell if you're trolling or genuinely can't see the benefit.

And, I highly doubt they've taken people working on HL3 (if that's even under development) and put them on this...
Gareth Halfacree 18th July 2012, 11:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
Can't think of a bigger waste of time and money than this project.
Not very imaginative, are you? Here are a few suggestions, just off the top of my head:

The Valve Pool: It's like a swimming pool, but dug by hand using teaspoons and filled with Fabergé eggs.
Steam 2.0: It's software distribution, but not digitally: instead, pipes containing REAL STEAM are routed to every customer's house. CDs and DVDs are then propelled through the pipes at high speed to their destinations. TO DO: Figure out a way to stop the discs melting.
City 17: A live-action role-playing game where players get to visit the real City 17. TO DO: Invent time machine, wait for invasion from another dimension due to idiotic janitor-with-a-PhD.
Gabeland: A themepark built by Gabe Newell, for Gabe Newell. No, you can't visit.
steveo_mcg 18th July 2012, 11:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by GeorgeStorm
I can't tell if you're trolling or genuinely can't see the benefit.

And, I highly doubt they've taken people working on HL3 (if that's even under development) and put them on this...

He is trolling and yes he genuinely can't see the benefit. Windows fan boys often can't see the world out side their own very small interest. Best to just ignore him, like most he'll go away.
fdbh96 18th July 2012, 13:19 Quote
PCBuilderSven 18th July 2012, 16:25 Quote
Hoping an openSuse version will be made available. Unity sucks, and although Kubuntu works well, the integration of KDE into openSuse is better. However, still a major win.
will_123 18th July 2012, 17:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by PCBuilderSven
Hoping an openSuse version will be made available. Unity sucks, and although Kubuntu works well, the integration of KDE into openSuse is better. However, still a major win.

Dont know like! KDE is perfectly good on Kubuntu! Might need to have a look at opensuse though. What package manager does it use?
wafflesomd 19th July 2012, 00:44 Quote
Ok, but steam is useless without a library of games and the library of linux native games is very small compared to windows.

It's going to be awhile before gpu drivers are up to par with windows as well.

"Originally Posted by bagman
No one cares Valve stop wasting your time and make more games."

I agree.
CrapBag 19th July 2012, 01:07 Quote
Maybe if Linux was more user friendly I may be interested.

Had Linux for a whole week on my netbook before I replaced it with a stripped out version of XP after having to trawl the internet trying to get the simplest of programs to work.

Suse this suse that, what a headache.
Snips 19th July 2012, 08:52 Quote
Well Microsoft aren't worried by this since they still are getting income from the near 1,000,000 pc's sold each day worldwide.

As fdbh96 rightfully reminds you all, that cock speaking for linux will have to go and eat some humble pie and beg nvidia to offer support, otherwise this total waste of time and money by Valve really will be a total waste of time and money.
azrael- 19th July 2012, 09:11 Quote
Classy...
will_123 19th July 2012, 10:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
Well Microsoft aren't worried by this since they still are getting income from the near 1,000,000 pc's sold each day worldwide.

As fdbh96 rightfully reminds you all, that cock speaking for linux will have to go and eat some humble pie and beg nvidia to offer support, otherwise this total waste of time and money by Valve really will be a total waste of time and money.

Nobody is saying Microsoft are scared or worried..? Everything has to start somewhere. Its moves like this that will get AMD and NVIDIA off their arses and put more work into the Linux drivers, also Gabe Newell is a very big supporter of Linux so I don't see this going away any time soon.

And as for Torvalds, NVIDIA and AMD are never going to totally open source their drivers...its business. But hopefully they will put much more work into them if there is going to more games ported to Linux.

OSX had little to no games when they first ported over a few games now it has a huge library of games on steam! Just give it time.
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Originally Posted by Snips
Maybe if Linux was more user friendly I may be interested.

Had Linux for a whole week on my netbook before I replaced it with a stripped out version of XP after having to trawl the internet trying to get the simplest of programs to work.

Suse this suse that, what a headache.

Its perfectly user friendly just choose the right distro. Ubuntu, PClinuxOS all completely idiot proof, but very customisable at the same time!
Gradius 21st July 2012, 19:25 Quote
I guess we all are dreaming lol!
ssj12 21st July 2012, 19:51 Quote
This is good, it will boost development on OpenGL making future versions way more on par with DX11+
s32ialx 28th October 2012, 23:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snips
The best comment here. What a complete waste of time and money, Valve dump this useless project and finish HL3!

With the recent views of Windows 8 By valve and Blizzard they both see it's faults are are trying to avoid going down with the Titanic so they just aren't purchasing a ticket instead they chose to take a different ship completely in fact it's for the better as this will not allow all of us FORCED to play in windows due to the lack there of for support for gaming in Linux which as of now will become a mere memory in only a few peoples head and the rest of the world will move on and not care that valve went and made a Linux port in fact Linux may become more main stream then you think with this failed OS Microsoft is pushing if your to blind to see it then that's to bad but I hope you enjoy your Windows 8 Have fun having to be like make and purchase a whole new system or at least a new monitor for the price of a system like Apple did to all it's faithful Motorola PowerPC users when they caned all support for the PowerPC and went Craptel based.
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