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#1 ShMaunder

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:05

Added 'Rumor' tag as it is coming from Michael Larabel of Phoronix and of course, nothing is official.

In 2010, Phoronix ran several articles claiming that Steam is officially coming to the Linux platform, but Valve denied it.

Fast forward 2 years and Valve have recently asked for Linux developers to iron out bugs and furthermore, invited Michael to Valve's HQ to discuss Valve and Linux.

That visit took place today and Michael has tweeted "steam is coming to Linux...". We are waiting for an article to be posted on Phoronix with screenshots and other goodies from the visit.

Is it true or not, I'm not sure due to the previous articles ran in 2010. But this time, it sounds far more realistic than before.




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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:18

Phoronix article (with pictures of L4D2 running natively on Linux) is up: http://www.phoronix....mpfnudeln&num=1

#3 The_Observer

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:33

This could get me to move to linux! Dont want to multi boot just to game would love to have games on linux!

#4 tiagosilva29

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:12

Cool news, bro'.

#5 Vice

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:21

I think my favourite part of that whole article was this gem at the end:

Valve and Gabe Newell's interest in Linux goes beyond what would be expected of any normal game company, but Valve is certainly a unique beast. Listening to Gabe Newell talk about Linux for hours made me wonder whether he was a former ex-Microsoft employee (where he actually did work in his pre-Valve days in the 90's) or the director of the Linux Foundation. His level of Linux interest and commitment was incredible while his negativity for Windows 8 and the future of Microsoft was stunning. In fact, as soon as I return to my office this weekend I plan to try out Windows 8 simply to see if it's as bad as Gabe states and because he's curious about my opinions of this latest Microsoft operating system.


Doesn't surprise me one bit that Gabe Newell thinks Windows 8 is a pile of ****. I couldn't agree more with him.

#6 Motoko.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:50

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#7 Motoko.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:56

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#8 OP ShMaunder

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:57

Article was a good read.

Well its been a long time coming to say the least :p

However, I hope that Valve do release their work publicly and it doesn't become vaporware.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:03

Merged and moved

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:05

Wow, 2012 will be the year of Linux...

OK, I'm taking the mickey a little bit, but I hope this is true!

#11 threetonesun

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:53

Hah, with this on Linux, Ubuntu is just a few decent drivers and a solid UI from being the best OS you could run. :laugh:

App store? Check (and had it for a long time). Cloud backups? Check. Loaded with developer tools? Check. Free? Check. Runs on a toaster? Check and mate!

#12 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:53

excellent now more Wine to play Steam games lol.

#13 butilikethecookie

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 13:11

I would dump windows for this. (Maybe VMware'd on Ubuntu).

You also have to remember the games have to be ported to linux. It's not all in the Steam Client itself. For example, HL:Blue Shift works on PC but not on Mac because it is old, and unsupported. Same theory with Linux right? So basically you'd have all the source games and other ported titles--that's it. So initally you'd be able to run like what, 10 games untill it gains momentum? 10 games is better than nothing! Hardcore gameing on linux is currently like a speed boat in a swimming pool. So much wasted potential :(

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 13:36

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#15 Growled

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:25

His level of Linux interest and commitment was incredible while his negativity for Windows 8 and the future of Microsoft was stunning


Bit of a shocker there for an ex-Microsoft employee. Linux needs apps desperately and if having Steam would help ease the way for other apps to make their way to Linux.