Steam for Linux Client Now Available to Download

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USraging

I like linux but i also like windows. Up untell recently i was fine with my servers running on my linux server, and my main desktop/gaming rig being a windows platform. Now that Microsoft is trying to go all transgender on us i want this to happen more. I am in the market for a new laptop for mobility but i don't want windows 8 on it and i will never support apple, not because they don't have good products but because of their business tactics. Here's to hoping That steam can make this work and appeal to developers.

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stev2891

Thank you Valve for saving me $140 on a lousy, new operating system. My i7-3930 / DX79 on Linux runs extremely fast. More than happy to wait for the AAA games to come to Linux.

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praetor_alpha

The beta was available to the public since about November. Looks like a revolution.

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AFDozerman

Never a revolution. The year of Linux was this year, with Android taking the smartphone lead, but that really isn't REAL Linux now is it? Regardless, it can still be looked at as a model for what will happen on the desktop, a slow, gradual climb from something geeks like because it is technical and non mainstream to something companies start pushing seriously to slightly mainstream to full blown owning the world. Over the last twenty years, it has slowly climbed those first two steps, and is reaching that third one right now. This isn't a real revolution, just an evolution to the next step.

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davelray

It won't make that third step anytime soon. The problem is the support factor. While a company may be willing to hire a few Linux capable / certified techs / engineers to look after their servers, they need more than that to switch up their desktop platform. And it has always been a pattern of using at home the same thing we use at work. Steam for Linux has the main goal of getting what boils down to as a Linux based game console into our living rooms. It just has the added benefit of possibly replacing our desktop OS later. Much later. The list of games is still minuscule. Hopefully that will change. I've always said if I could play my games under Linux with the same or better performance that I get under Windows, that I would switch my rig over. But that still isn't here yet. Maybe in another twenty years.

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fung0

I recently had to fix a Windows computer that had unaccountably stopped recognizing its hard drive. I booted a Linux rescue disc and had no problems accessing the drive and pulling off the user's data. I used a different Linux DVD to set up a new hard drive, because GPARTED is simpler, easier and more reliable than Microsoft's ponderous Windows setup process. Then I re-installed Windows, and went back to slower boot times, a cluttered UI with limited power tools and even more limited configurability.

Now, I've been a happy Windows user for a VERY long time... but I'm starting to see Linux acquiring the characteristics I always liked in Windows, while Windows rapidly sheds them. As I worked on this busted PC, I realized we're already at the point where Linux is actually easier to maintain... because it's simpler, more modular, and unencumbered by 'features' (Metro, UAC, DRM, WGA, etc.) that serve Microsoft's agenda, not the user's needs.

My guess is that businesses could now easily save money if they switched most of their users to Linux. If Microsoft doesn't wise up soon (and they show no signs of it), Linux will win by default. That's exactly how Microsoft ended up owning the word processing, spreadsheet, database and browser markets... their competitors blundered off in pursuit of grand corporate agendas, and forgot to bring out a steady stream of updates that made their loyal customers very, very happy.

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AFDozerman

I'm afraid you are right. To be honest, I think time may have run out. What I wrote was really more of a "best case scenereo", but I am afraid that in the future, it will only be us Power Users using PCs while the plebs will have all moved to tablets and smartphones. If that is the case, the future may be something completely different than anybody expected. Who knows; X86 could be the next POWER in five years, just some extremely powerful ISA that is only used in supercomputers and big servers, while us power users are stuck with some ARM boards that we modded into a desktop running the last Android or whatever smartphone OS is hip at the time.

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igoka

This is really big news.

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AFDozerman

Downloaded and chugging along happily. Only complaint now is FPS sucks on non-native games. Black Ops only runs at about 25 to 30, but what can you ask for with a 7770? I'm happy!

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davelray

Ouch? My 6850 pushes 70 and up on all of my Windows games. I would have figured the 7770 to do far better even on Linux.

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AFDozerman

I think it is driver issues to be honest. I have just recently legitimately tried to start gaming hardcore on Linux, and really haven't bad a chance to play with things.

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TrollBot5000

Damn should've scrolled down to the end. I knew any fps issues on linux were amd related. Phoronix.com is the best place to keep up with all the latest driver benchmarks. Yeah Linux Gaming= Stick with Nvidia. Less headaches.

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DoctorX

Give it time... there is massive movement now thanks to Valve. I hear rumblings that a lot of the game writers/publishers is porting to Linux. Even Blizzard is releasing a native Linux game this fall.

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Lednaara

That's good news. Me, I'm having trouble getting the Steam client to work under Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon. Client starts, then sometimes dissappears, sometimes I get as far as seeing the game library, then it freezes.

Update, switched back to MATE version of Linux Mint and Steam client is working fine. Not sure what the issue is under Cinnamon.

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Silencer.

Not to change the topic,

thought you might find this interesting...

http://bgr.com/2013/02/09/microsoft-windows-platform-app-unity-323429/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBoyGeniusReport+%28BGR+|+Boy+Genius+Report%29

Cya!

:o)

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Lednaara

I could have sworn I saw an article recently about the "Xbox 720" and rumours that you'll be able to play any "Games for Windows" whether it be PC or XBox. Now I can't find it. But it matches up with that article about streamlining the development over the platforms.

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TrollBot5000

and apparently they've had a native linux WOW client for years now for dev purposes.

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