Native Steam For Linux Client Seen At Valve HQ, Could Be Coming Soon

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Tarkooka

i'm gonna miss windows...

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gamewizard

Oooh Steam For Linux I may never Use Windows again!

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EchoFive

I dont see what the big deal is...

They already have a Mac version, shouldnt be too much work to get it working on linux.

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Vecna6667

Mac OSX is based on BSD which is different from Linux.

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JLloyd13

yyyyeeeahh! awsome! no more windows vm!

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terracide

My first experience with Linux was getting Quake 3 to work on Nvidia 0.9 linux binary driver, took me a week of learning the OS and I got it to work, Linux has come a VERY long way since.. This is another awesome piece of news that I have been waiting many years to hear.. Anyone that doubts the graphical capabilities of Linux's OpenGL implementation should see Unigine Heaven in action on a good Nvidia graphics card running on your favorite distro. Steam Box running a native Linux OS anyone?

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Hilarity

No one cares and no one will bother with Linux. Why would a developer both with Linux? No one uses it and porting will be a nightmare. How will support work? .deb, .rpm - which one? A user won't have a clue when something breaks and needs to pop out a terminal. Linux is too fragmented and too diverse. It is not standardised and it never will be as that will kill the open tinkering part of it. Why would a developer expose everything in its titles in terms of code or reverse engineering? This won't take off.

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ty2047

Answers, Linux users, again Linux users, .deb as most of the popular distros are Debian based, although only steam itself will need to be packaged as the games will be installed through Steam itself, so it wouldn't be that bad to package it in both. I use Linux pretty full time and rarely have to open a terminal to fix something, it pretty much just works. Yes Linux is diverse but a huge percentage of users run Ubuntu or a derivative. I am not a hacker so I could be wrong but there are lots of proprietary programs on Linux that are not being reverse engineered, that is just a very Microsofty scare tactic for why devs should ignore open source. It may not take off, but those of us that run Linux, game, and don't want to have to use Windows anymore would be very appreciative. Further, I think they are doing this not for Linux users but because they are going to make a Steam box like thing based on Linux.

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livebriand

Hmm... with this (and perhaps a better office program), linux might be able to pose a serious challenge to Windows 8 (with it's metro UI that everyone hates).

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khekai28

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Brad Chacos

At least the spam bots are getting more thoughtful!

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EKRboi

Have been seeing peeks at this and them denying it for way too long! Cant wait!! The only reason I have a winblows installation is for games.

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EKRboi

I understand that this does not mean all steam games will run natively in linux, but hopefully this will be the fire that needs to be lit under the right peoples as*'s to finally quit ignoring us linux people.

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The Corrupted One

Penguin hat in TF2.

Just wait.

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praetor_alpha

I'd use it. It would finally turn my laptop into a mild game machine.

Knowing Valve, it wouldn't surprise me if they've been toying with this for years. I remember seeing a screenshot a long time ago with Linux libraries, supposedly Steam's.

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Rift2

RED HAT WAT?

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zNelson24

As tempting as it may be, I'm sticking to Windows when it comes to gaming. While I do love what Valve is doing here, I think that only Source powered games will be available on Linux (Team Fortress 2, Portal, etc). However, I am eager to see how other game developers and hardware developers will react to this.

I did have Arch Linux on a VirtualBox, and it seems like a fun OS. As soon as Ivy Bridge comes out, I'm getting an Alienware m14x. Turning my old notebook into a Linux book to mess with. :)

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Morete

I don't know why Linux users dislike Fedora. The Fedora Project is a Linux kernel based OS for home users that is sponsored by Red Hat. Red Hat employees code alongside the Fedora community, and many innovations within the Fedora OS make their way into new releases of Red Hat. Personally, my preference for an MS OS alternative is Fedora.

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fry

I can't speak for all Linux users, but I've always found Fedora to be buggy as sh*t. Ubuntu tends to win the stability challenge, but I'm not a huge fan of "Unity", so these days I use Ubuntu's sibling distro Mint.

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Engelsstaub

I have mixed feelings about Fedora. I've had good and bad experiences. I'm by no means an expert in Linux so maybe those problems don't occur for people well-rooted.

Some of the built-in security is one of Fedora's strong-points, though. Out-of-the-box full disk encryption is just one.

I don't really mind Unity on Ubuntu but there is an option to install GNOME. This includes the GNOME classic interface.

...but Mint's cool too.

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Vecna6667

I've had good experiences with Fedora as well just about every OS I've worked with. I think the big issue most people have is that Fedora is 100% FOSS(Free and Open Source Software) when it come to its software packages and every other installation has to be done manually including adding 32-bit libraries on the 64-bit version of Fedora should such libraries be required.

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wrldqueeek

I know that steam will download games you own onto other systems tied to your account,

Does that include Cross-platform support? (when it's available)

e.g. I have Portal on steam for Windows, If they make a port to linux, would I also be able to pull that up there, or would I have to purchase it again?

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DoctorX

If the Mac port is anything to go on, you buy it once play on multiple OSs. There is about 1/3 of my steam games magically appeared in the steam client for mac when i was playing with a hackintosh.

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Incognito

Yup, the only limit is that you're can only be logged into Steam on one PC at a time - no concurrent sessions.

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acidic

you can easily play most games on steam on multiple computers at once. it is usually done by running the actual exe of the game instead of launching it with steam or by having it in offline mode. granted these methods won't work with valve games but as more developers tag along, it should become more common

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silverblack

Sometimes I feel like I'm only on Window because of gaming. My next build cycle choices should be interesting.

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Incognito

Same here. With the poor decisions MS is making (Metro UI, Windows Media Center, etc) I see myself moving back to Linux in the next few years (or sooner). I used to dual-boot Debian and Windows XP many years ago and only loaded Windows to play games but it got tiring after a while having to go back and forth. Hopefully Valve has enough influence in the gaming community to get major developers on board with Linux ports. If that ever happens then MS is going to be in hot water trying to compete with Mac OS and Linux.

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ApathyCurve

Agreed. The only reason I still have a Windows box is for games. If this move by Valve should spark a sharp rise in development of Linux-native titles, (especially if they have the seamless install Steam is famous for), the only Windows box left in my house will be my wife's.

This could be the "big break" Linux has been looking for...

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vrmlbasic

If the millions of Steam users who run Windows all make a pilgrimage to Linux, who wins?

I don't know, but I know who loses: the razor industry. So many new neckbeards will be grown. Talk about the law of unintended consequences ;)

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XOPN

If you're counting body cells then..yes millions.

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Engelsstaub

:D

Funniest thing I read today.

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Neufeldt2002

Yup, gotta agree. The only thing holding me to Windows is the gaming. Everything else I can do in Linux. The problem I have is I am to lazy to dual boot just to play games, however if Win9 is the same as Win8 I just might have to. Unless more developers jump on Steam for Linux.

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someuid

Same here. If the games get moved to Linux, Windows 7 may just be the last Microsoft OS I buy. There is nothing in Windows I need that I can't get on Linux.

It will take a while for developers to port over, but if they can do it with console to pc games, surely they can do the same with windows to linux, or even dare I say it console to linux.

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Recidivist

Porting it to Linux is not the same as Console -> PC, unfortunately.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

it actually is PS3 is running some backwards version of Linux believe it or not (and I believe Xbox is running some sort of WinXP variant) so it wont really be hard but Windows 8 will mark the death of windows since no one will like it due to metro and Linux is really making a name for its self since it dominates the Non desktop computer market

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