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Valve's Steam & Games Coming To Linux 224

Posted by samzenpus
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An anonymous reader writes "Valve's Steam and Source Engine-based games are coming to Linux. Michael from well known site Phoronix.com has been invited to Valve's office and was able to spend a day with the developers and Gabe Newell himself. He is confirming the rumors about Linux ports from Valve, and has been able to play the games and work the developers himself. Attached in the article are pictures from Valve's offices with games running on Linux."
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Valve's Steam & Games Coming To Linux

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  • I don't care (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Sav1or (2600417) on Wednesday April 25, 2012 @01:50PM (#39797443)
    I don't care if it's open source or not, just as long as i can play my beloved counter strike at a decent fps and not have to switch back to windows. Anyone who says different can just suck on it
  • by Zombie Ryushu (803103) on Wednesday April 25, 2012 @02:27PM (#39797983)

    I wonder if this Steam Linux client will act like PlayOnLinux and download Whitelisted Wine Clients that Steam won't flag as "cheating." I say this because I have a family member that keeps one Windows 7 machine just because he plays Left 4 Dead 2, and Steam once banned a whole sloth of Wine Users because their DLL files did not match the database Steam had.

    Supposedly, Steam keeps a whitelist of known Wine DLLs to prevent this.

  • Re:It has come! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 25, 2012 @02:27PM (#39797991)
    Baby steps. This is just the beginning. Indy devels are all over Steam. How much extra work to make their Steam Mac ports work under Linux?
    As much as I love the new direction Windows has been going in(excluding Metro), Opensource is the future. RedHat business model for everyone!
  • by Gordonjcp (186804) on Wednesday April 25, 2012 @03:06PM (#39798499) Homepage

    I just installed Steam under wine, and it worked. I bought HL2, and it worked. Then a terrible thing happened, and I accidentally the whole .wine directory.

    Guess what happened when I reinstalled Steam again? The first time I fired it up, it popped up a little message saying that it couldn't see the installs of all the games I'd bought, and would I like it to go and download them again? Well yes, of course I would, so I clicked "OK", had a cup of tea, and boom, HL2 just plain worked, again.

    This isn't like anything else I've seen of DRM. This is just plain handy.

  • by GuerillaRadio (818889) * on Wednesday April 25, 2012 @03:21PM (#39798667)
    Shuttleworth recently said the target for Ubuntu was 200 million users in four years and hinted at some upcoming hardware partnerships...

    What if the SteamBox's official OS is going to be Ubuntu and Steam is to be heavily integrated into Unity?
  • by Gaygirlie (1657131) <gaygirlie&hotmail,com> on Wednesday April 25, 2012 @04:27PM (#39799533) Homepage

    Just because Steam will now run officially on linux doesn't mean all the titles existing for windows will magically be available for linux.

    Of course not, but there's actually several hundreds of games there already that have also Linux-binaries and with Steam coming for Linux the publishers only need to push those Linux-binaries there, too, so people will already at launch have atleast something play. Most more-popular Indie-games atleast seem to sport Linux-support, I've got a handful of such games in my library and I know for a fact that they do run well under Linux. The good thing about this all is that Steam for Linux won't be totally empty even on launch, and with a true-and-tried games delivery platform there's much more incentive for people to release Linux-binaries, too. How much it actually affects publishers and developers in the end remains to be seen, but nevertheless, the chances are now bigger than ever before.

  • Re:Finally! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@@@gmail...com> on Wednesday April 25, 2012 @04:59PM (#39799931) Journal

    I want to know how they are gonna divide the games, will the Linux guys only be able to buy from a special Linux section? The reason I ask this is the one criticism I have for Steam is on their big sales it is often difficult to see at a glance which games use ONLY Steam DRM, and there are plenty of games on steam that use TAGES, SecuROM, even GFWL ON TOP of Steam. of course since all of these require kernel hooks Linux simply won't allow none of these games will be available.

    It will be an interesting experiment to see how the Linux community reacts because no matter how you slice it Steam IS a form of DRM, its just a form of trivial DRM most of us, at least on the Windows side, have no problem with. But with so many in the Linux community being almost religious in their hatred of all things DRM it will be interesting to see if they will allow or tolerate Steam being on Linux.

    I'll say congrats to all the Linux users out there but I bet you're gonna be in for some nasty fights with the zealots in the coming months and of course i bet RMS rails against this like its the antichrist. It does bring up an interesting question though: Are you willing to accept the publishers terms in order to gain share? after all linux will never become a mainstream OS if the users can't have the games and programs they want and many of the publishers have made it clear they will NEVER release their stuff under GPL or give up DRM, and considering what happened to Loki they probably have a point. Will Linux users compromise? Or will the side that treats GPL as a religion simply overpower the pragmatists? Time will see but I bet in either case it will bring up some most interesting questions and help determine which direction Linux goes. In either case congrats Linux fans, and don't forget to be ready for the big Steam sales, man you will be able to load up on games during those!

  • Re:Finally! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by neros1x (2492908) on Wednesday April 25, 2012 @07:14PM (#39801405)
    You're not kidding. Slackware 9 was my introduction to Linux, and after accidentally deleting my Windows partition, it was all I had. It took 2 weeks just to figure out how to configure my DSL connection. Two of the best weeks I ever had, I might add.

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