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Team Fortress 2 Beta Patch Adds Files Referring To Linux Support 58

Posted by Soulskill
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New submitter spacenet writes "Valve has quietly released an update to the beta version of its popular online FPS Team Fortress 2. Among the modified files are some Linux-related files including a hardware driver compatibility list, optimal graphics settings, and a shell script launcher (previously only for OS X, now with a case for Linux as well). Valve has not updated their TF2 beta changelog, but has acknowledged the update in a forum post."
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Team Fortress 2 Beta Patch Adds Files Referring To Linux Support

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  • Valve Time (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 23, 2012 @10:26PM (#41747725)

    With Valve time we'll have it by next week (year).

  • I don't like this game, but the lack of current games on linux is the main reason I run windows at home. Hopefully in a few years linux releases will become some kind of norm.
    • Well I for one love the game and it and Halo2 for windows are the only reasons I still have a windows seven partition on my laptop. I will seriously expanding my linux partition and deleting the windows one when it is released

      • by cynyr (703126)

        TF2 via Steam works great under WINE for me. I'd buy a linux copy though.

        • Re:Good news (Score:4, Informative)

          by Anubis350 (772791) on Wednesday October 24, 2012 @01:57AM (#41748959)

          TF2 via Steam works great under WINE for me. I'd buy a linux copy though.

          Well, ignoring that TF2 is free now, assuming they continue with steamplay the way they did for OSX most games (and all valve titles) that have a port and you already own for one platform will be available for Linux from your steam library with no fee

          • by Ailure (853833)

            Publishers can choose to make the non-windows version a whole separate application steam-wise, meaning that you have to pay for a copy for each platform you want to play on. Thankfully, this seems to only be the case with Black ops so it's more of a exception than a rule (and I hope they keep it that way too).

        • last time i tried it under wine it would die on the menu screen

  • by Greyfox (87712) on Tuesday October 23, 2012 @11:15PM (#41748075) Homepage Journal
    I remember playing Team Fortress on my Linux box back in the 90's on the original Quake engine! Now all we need is for Ultima Online to announce Linux support and we'll be exactly where we were in 1996!
  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Tuesday October 23, 2012 @11:19PM (#41748101) Journal

    If you run TF2 from Linux, you can only play as an engineer. The eventual ReactOS version will lock you into playing a heavy; but unlock the secret 'Putin Pecs' item...

  • by OliWarner (1529079) on Tuesday October 23, 2012 @11:24PM (#41748147) Homepage

    Valve are going to be pushing a lot of these changes in the coming months because they can. Now they have L4D2 working on Linux, making the other Source engine based games Linux-compatible is likely only going to be a case of changing a few variables and hitting the magical Build button. And why wouldn't they push everything they could and sell a load more Orange Box bundles?

    Anyway, my point is as Linux users we shouldn't wet ourselves every time we grep the latest binaries for instances of "linux" and find something new. It's happening.

    • Part of the reason is (I think it was mentioned in a /. article before) it's actually easier to develop for Linux (not to mention the other perks). Maybe it's obvious, maybe not, but very few AAA scale companies took the plunge (their main consumers are on Win/Mac after all, and big companies don't take risks). Now that Valve's discovered it and is making a bum rush to port things over before Windows 8 strikes, I expect we'll see other companies following.
      • by tlhIngan (30335)

        Part of the reason is (I think it was mentioned in a /. article before) it's actually easier to develop for Linux (not to mention the other perks). Maybe it's obvious, maybe not, but very few AAA scale companies took the plunge (their main consumers are on Win/Mac after all, and big companies don't take risks). Now that Valve's discovered it and is making a bum rush to port things over before Windows 8 strikes, I expect we'll see other companies following.

        Or Valve sees an opporunity - the major platform ven

    • by Type44Q (1233630)

      It's happening.

      And why, pray tell, is that not, in itself, a perfectly good reason to wet ourselves? :)

      • Yes but once. Maybe twice.

        We've been wetting ourselves every few months for the past 18 months as dribs and drabs about this have leaked out.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I might move to linux.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This list some of the games coming to steam on linux :
    http://marlamin.com/cdr/search.php?s=linux&searchby=os [marlamin.com]

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I can't wait for ValveTestApp218410 to be released.
      • by 3vi1 (544505)

        I can't wait for ValveTestApp218410 to be released.

        You didn't expect them to list it as HL3, did you?

  • by Tehrasha (624164) on Wednesday October 24, 2012 @01:15AM (#41748763) Homepage
    ... will there be Tux based swag in the MANN store?
  • by DiamondGeezer (872237) on Wednesday October 24, 2012 @03:05AM (#41749191) Homepage
    ...should be Half-Life 2 Episode 4: The Search for Episode 3
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Has 3 in its title, thereby it cannot be allowed. Sorry.

  • Why are Valve working with porting an engine dating from 2004 to Linux instead of something new? This make no sense.
    • by 3vi1 (544505)

      Yeah... why use the latest version of a working engine you've been constantly improving for 8 years that already has OpenGL support and a lot of the other necessary components done? Why not throw it all away and creating a Linux engine that's not compatible with any of your existing games and has to be maintained separately from the engine being used on the other platforms?

      Maybe because it makes a hell of a lot more sense?

      Valve may be working on Source2, but it's not near ready and most likely none of the

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