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Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux 313

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sl4shd0rk writes "Valve has finally released Steam for Linux. Although some of the 57 games listed on the Linux Steam site are previously released from the Humble Bundles, there are others which should provide adequate entertainment for anyone bored with the HB games. Among the games listed, many at deep discounts of 50%-75% off, are HalfLife, CounterStrke Source and Serious Sam 3. Hopefully Valve will keep the ports coming as rumor has it that Left 4 Dead had been ported at least for developers."
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Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

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  • by OhANameWhatName (2688401) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @06:52PM (#42903615)
    It was horrible knowing you.
    • Re:Goodbye Windows (Score:5, Insightful)

      by MrEricSir (398214) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @06:54PM (#42903653) Homepage

      You might want to wait on that. At this time, there's only ~100 titles available for Linux, and many of them have aleady been out for a year or so.

      Maybe one day Linux will be a platform hardcore gamers will use, but Steam for Linux is just a baby step in that direction. Remember, they've had Steam for OS X for a while now, and there's still only a tiny trickle of games for that platform.

      • Re:Goodbye Windows (Score:4, Informative)

        by cwebster (100824) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @06:56PM (#42903685)

        Yes, but remember that the OSX version was a contracted 3rd party port while the Linux version is a much better done in-house port that they are basing their future steambox hardware strategy on. Not exactly apples to apples.

        • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 14, 2013 @06:58PM (#42903707)

          no, its apples to penguins.

        • Re:Goodbye Windows (Score:5, Informative)

          by slimjim8094 (941042) <{ten.detcennoctsuj} {ta} {3todhsals}> on Thursday February 14, 2013 @08:38PM (#42904821)

          Wait, what? I've never heard that the OS X version of Steam was a 3rd party port. In fact, I'm almost certain it wasn't since I was in the Mac Beta and on the email list with the developers (who all have valvesoftware.com email addresses)

          Citation, please?

        • by guises (2423402)
          "They" is only Valve in this case. Valve provides a tiny portion of the games on Steam, unless they can come up with some incentive for developers to do Linux ports (Valve could take a reduced cut, for example) that's not going to mean very much.
          • by i.r.id10t (595143)

            Until, as someone said up thread, there is a set top box that runs linux.

            Oh wait, the nmap scan I did against my TV shows it is running a Linux kernel !

      • by Dusanyu (675778)
        sime titles with linux versions are strangly missing for example doom 3 (wich is still sold on steam)
      • Re:Goodbye Windows (Score:5, Insightful)

        by jones_supa (887896) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:23PM (#42904035)

        You might want to wait on that. At this time, there's only ~100 titles available for Linux, and many of them have aleady been out for a year or so.

        Maybe one day Linux will be a platform hardcore gamers will use, but Steam for Linux is just a baby step in that direction. Remember, they've had Steam for OS X for a while now, and there's still only a tiny trickle of games for that platform.

        What's the problem? The availability of games for Linux just exploded into new numbers, and more are coming all the time. You don't have to wait for every game under the sun to be ported, and that's not the point anyway. Make the switch and enjoy. 2013 is the Year of Linux Gaming.

        • Re: (Score:2, Flamebait)

          by PhxBlue (562201)

          2013 is the Year of Linux Gaming.

          Never heard that line before ... not hating on Linux, but seriously, don't hold your breath.

        • by Pinhedd (1661735)

          Marketing is the problem.

          The availability of games for Linux just exploded but the majority of these games have been available on Windows for years. Some have even been available on Linux for ages already and are simply just migrating to Steam for the sake of doing so. If all these previously available Linux games failed to see a large amount of success on Linux without Steam, it's unlikely that they will sudden explosion in Linux installations with Steam. Linux users tend to be rather savvy and aware indi

      • Re:Goodbye Windows (Score:5, Interesting)

        by zwede (1478355) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:25PM (#42904055)

        At this time, there's only ~100 titles available for Linux

        And a couple of weeks ago there were only 40. If they keep going at this rate things are looking promising!

        • by jones_supa (887896) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @08:32PM (#42904761)
          Many know this site already, but here is a nice overview of the Linux titles: steamlinux.xpaw.ru [steamlinux.xpaw.ru]. Of course there's the Valve's official list [steampowered.com] too.
        • by arielCo (995647) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @08:35PM (#42904791)

          Obligatory: xkcd: Extrapolating [xkcd.com]

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      So when everyone is playing Vega Strike and Wesnoth on their i7 + Quad Sli setups Linux will win. The problem is there is a massive backlog of games that are never going to be open sourced or ported that only run on Linux. I for one *like* some of those games. Carmack was right when he said that getting WINE up to spec was the most important project for Linux.
    • It was horrible knowing you.

      Seconded. I'm sick of Microsoft extremely condescending attitude towards their customers, Microsoft's certainty that whatever crap they cook up, we'll have to like it. With regards to that UI masturbation called Windows 8, we'll "get used to it".

      I don't know that Steam on Linux will change much, but it is a good, hefty step in the right direction.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by atomican (2799855)

        I'm sick of Microsoft extremely condescending attitude towards their customers

        I'm sick of the (general) Linux community's extremely condescending attitude towards anyone who thinks Linux has flaws and dares to raise them as something that should be addressed, or that perhaps some things work better in Windows and that using Windows because it works better for particular use cases is perfectly reasonable. But no, everyone has to get emotional for some reason.

        With regards to that UI masturbation called Windo

    • by Cito (1725214)

      Good luck playing any modern games on linux

      I love linux and I have my 2 slackware boxes and been running slackware since the 2.0.29 kernel.

      but I always kept a windows box as my gaming pc, you just won't get any modern games on it, If I want to play modern games, Far Cry 3, Assassins Creed, Mass Effect, Dragon Age franchises such as those, and many countless others I'll stick to windows gaming.

      I'm not going to install linux on my i7, 16gig ram, dual evga ftw 670 sli, 120g ssd / wd black 2tb data drive gaming

      • I agree that the DX -> GL porting issue is quite problematic. On the other hand, we shouldn't even expect Steam for Linux to be perfect or it to have all the AAA titles ported to. For teh ultimate gamez rig you will still be needing Windows for a long time. We will probably still have many good games (both big productions and indie stuff) for Linux to enjoy.
    • by node 3 (115640)

      I think you mean:

      "So long, and thanks for all the fish."
      --Tux

  • No 64-bit? (Score:2, Informative)

    by elvestinkle (2734643)
    No amd64 that I saw. 'package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)' lame.
  • I've been looking forward to having a gaming Linux box for a long time, I know there aren't a lot of games but I'll buy pretty much whatever is available.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      Just got back from their site, the only download is a DEB package for Ubuntu. Where's the RPM and shell installation packages? I feel insulted that we finally get steam for Linux but it only works on Ubuntu.....
      • There is 'alien' for turning RPMs into DEBs, somebody should really hack together 'predator' for turning DEBs into RPMs...

        (as for shell, it isn't pretty; but the debian package format is (mostly) friendly enough that you can crack a deb open manually if you really want to.)

  • by arosas (904929) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:07PM (#42903829)
    Allow me to summarize the next five or so hours worth of posts:

    Blah blah blah, DRM.
    Blah blah blah, "in mother russia".
    Blah blah blah, "I, for one, welcome our penguin shaped overlords".
    Blah blah blah, "gun control".
    Blah blah blah "godwin's law".

    You're welcome. (on a side note: wooooo!)
    • by atomican (2799855)

      Blah blah blah, DRM.
      Blah blah blah, "in mother russia".
      Blah blah blah, "I, for one, welcome our penguin shaped overlords".
      Blah blah blah, "gun control".
      Blah blah blah "godwin's law".

      I know you're joking but the fact you mention complaining about DRM as part of the joke is disheartening. Yes it's overdone and beating a dead horse at this point, but it's still a serious point to raise and it's important that it never gets forgotten. The fact that games attached with DRM (Steam or otherwise) mean games now ha

    • You forgot "Blah blah blah, year of the Linux desktop."
  • Is this a step towards an optimized valve os built on linux? I don't use linux but it'd be cool.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      I hope not. Linux is about openness and nothing is less open than a proprietary esoteric distribution.
  • by tuppe666 (904118) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:15PM (#42903927)

    Just for information really with Serious Sam 3: BFE is available cheaper :) here

    http://www.indieroyale.com/ [indieroyale.com]

  • by zwede (1478355) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:20PM (#42903967)
    I'm running 64-bit Gentoo and noticed Steam in the portage tree so I installed it. Works fine. Tried the free TF2 and it worked perfectly. Just bought SS3 for $8 and it's downloading. Valve is great!
  • by tuppe666 (904118) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:31PM (#42904105)

    Ok I wasn't sure I decided if how I felt about steam on Linux...more I suspect that the too negative header to this discussion, when down the side I spotted "Try Linux - Grab Ubuntu Desktop; Ubuntu is our favorite version of Linux. Interested in giving it a whirl? You can install and run Ubuntu from a Live CD or USB stick, or install it to run alongside Windows."

    Is that "holy shit I can carry all my steam games around on my USB stick" take it around to my friends...or even work, play a few rounds of team fortress, without any changes to the machine...because if that is true, that is bigger news to me than Steam on Linux, this is Quake Arena/Doom again, only with a raft of cheap choices. I can finally play people I know. [and share an experience with], and socialise with, rather than anonymous strangers on-line [I would rather play off-line than that].

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 14, 2013 @08:37PM (#42904813)

      Of course it can run on a USB stick. Step by step:
      1) Install Ubuntu or some other distro on the stick (use http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ if you're on Windows). Remember to allow it to change the data on the stick so you can install games on it later! If you don't know what you're doing you might want the 32-bit version of Ubuntu, otherwise you'll have to install the lib32 stuff.
      2) Boot into your stick
      3) Install graphic drivers, etc (you'll probably want the closed-source packages). If using Ubuntu it'll automatically ask you if you want the proprietary stuff
      4) Install Steam
      5) Login, install games
      6) Have fun with your new portable GNU/Linux OS
      7) Buy a USB stick with more memory

    • Yes, it might work. You can install Ubuntu to a flash drive (just select it during the installation). Create another stick with unetbootin for the installation stuff. I'm not sure if it creates a conflict if you install both AMD and NVIDIA proprietary display drivers though. There might be issues like that which you need to iron out. But if you are excited about it, I think you should give it a try. Just make sure to get a large and fast USB drive.
  • (in testing):

    ---
    thedarkener@c64:~$ steam /home/thedarkener/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam: /lib/i386-linux-gnu/i686/cmov/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.15' not found (required by /home/thedarkener/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libX11.so.6) /home/thedarkener/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam: /lib/i386-linux-gnu/i686/cmov/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.15' not found (required by /home/thedarkener/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linu

    • by deek (22697)

      As mentioned by someone else, this is because Debian doesn't have libc6 ver 2.15. You have to download the ubuntu libc6 libraries, and extract them to your ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/ directory.

      There are debian testing install scripts for Steam which will automatically do this for you. Go forth and search for them.

      Also, don't install the ia32-libs package. Enable multiarch support in Debian: dpkg --add-architecture i386
      You can now install individual i386 library packages, instead of having one la

    • Apparently the latest version in Debian is 2.13 this thread [steamcommunity.com] suggests using the version from the experimental branch
  • Ubuntu is a Linux, but Linux is not Ubuntu. As far as I can see they've only released for Ubuntu. And yeah... I know I can make it work through some hoops on other systems (and I do), but that's not the point!
    • Re:Linux != Ubuntu (Score:5, Informative)

      by zwede (1478355) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:50PM (#42904361)

      As far as I can see they've only released for Ubuntu.

      Not true. Valve only _supports_ ubuntu. Other distros are welcome to add steam to their package managers. For instance, Gentoo has steam in their repo. It's a thin wrapper package. When you install it, it makes sure all dependencies are met and then downloads steam from valve's server and installs it. All this is automagic as far as the user is concerned.

      • by Kirth (183)

        I'm running it under Debian Sid with libc6 from experimental. Works as great as it can *insert rant about developers programming their own widget sets and not adhering to ICCC standards*.

        I've got about 40 games for Linux installed (A lot of them from humble bundle, actually), and I've got about 40 more n Steam which are not yet available for Linux, but for which a Linux port already exists (things like Legend of Grimrock, Doom 3, all the Quakes, SiN, plus another whole slew from humble bundle).

        I expect a lo

  • Not that the Steam Keys make a huge difference to me. I've been using my Ubuntu Software Center keys anyways, so uhmmm software inception?

  • to upgrade from 10.04 Lucid
  • our WIndows smashing overloards Steam should play this when Steam Linux loads http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uEnPB9Mz18 [youtube.com]

  • she loves Mr Penguin.

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