Valve talks more about Linux plans in new blog

In April, an third party software developer confirmed that Valve was working on porting its Steam download service, and its Source game graphics engine, over to Linux. This week, Valve itself has started talking about its Linux support plans with the launch of a new blog.

The first entry in the Valve Linux team blog says that formal work began in 2011 and that the Linux team now numbers about 11 people at Valve. The team's mission is to port games from Valve itself to Linux as well as "partner games". The team first set out to port Steam and Valve's zombie shooter Left 4 Dead 2 to the Ubuntu version of Linux.

Valve said there were two reasons to use Ubuntu:

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.

Valve said that it now has both the Steam client and Left 4 Dead 2 running natively on Ubuntu 12.04 and is now working on improving the performance. It will be providing development updates on a regular basis on the blog but there's no word yet on when the Linux projects will be released to the public.

Source: Valve Linux team blog

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Get it in Beta already! I hope Valve offer people currently running their product on top of WINE the opportunity to test drive their client very soon - even if its just for the chat service.

Can't wait to say bye bye to my dual boot system.

Why? do you only play Source games and Linux games? Doing this wouldn't make say... Spec Ops the Line suddenly start working.

The day Linux can run games will be close to the same day that OpenGL (or something similar) rises in popularity again. It would be cool to play games with Linux bros though.

KSib said,
Why? do you only play Source games and Linux games? Doing this wouldn't make say... Spec Ops the Line suddenly start working.

The day Linux can run games will be close to the same day that OpenGL (or something similar) rises in popularity again. It would be cool to play games with Linux bros though.

In fact, I mainly do. Portal 2 and the odd round of CSS. I'm not a big game lover.

I've failed to get Portal 2 to run on top of WINE - so this would be great to get up and going. Also Steam chat, which I probably use more than any game, works like a POS on WINE and has all sorts of Window focus issues.

The only other game, Torchlight (and soon Torchlight 2), works fine on WINE so therefore I'll stick to using WINE for that.

Happy Tux is happy.
It's great if Valve partners with NVIDIA and AMD to bring the latest GPU drivers with Steam. Linux graphical card support is pathetic...

Glad to see that Linux is going to become a viable gaming platform in the future, if my only option isn't to upgrade to Windows 8 I would be a happy camper.

Javik said,
Glad to see that Linux is going to become a viable gaming platform in the future, if my only option isn't to upgrade to Windows 8 I would be a happy camper.
I don't know if that's necessarily true. Sure, Valve is obviously making an effort to get its own games to run on Linux, but the majority of its software library is made by other studios. They can't really force them to work on Linux compatibility, and I don't expect that Valve will undertake the process themselves (assuming it'd even be legal for them to do so without permission from the publishers).