The kick ass Summer Sale isn't the only thing the Steam team has up their collective sleeves this week. Yesterday, Valve launched a brand-spanking-new Valve Linux blog to chronicle the company's forays into open source, and the initial post was a doozy: it confirmed all those earlier reports that Valve is working hard to get Steam up and running on everybody's favorite open source operating system. Actually, scratch that; the 11 person Valve Linux team already has the Steam client up and running.
From the blog:
The goal of the Steam client project is a fully-featured Steam client running on Ubuntu 12.04. We’ve made good progress this year and now have the Steam client running on Ubuntu with all major features available. We’re still giving attention and effort to minor features but it’s a good experience at the moment. In the near future, we will be setting up an internal beta focusing on the auto-update experience and compatibility testing.
Of course, gaming services are useless without games, so the team is also working hard at porting over Left 4 Dead 2, and reports success at getting it up and running natively on Ubuntu 12.04. "Our goal is to have L4D2 performing under Linux as well as it performs under Windows," the team writes. After that, the plan is to start moving other Valve titles onto the open source bandwagon, too.
The team promises to update the Valve Linux blog often, and they'd love to hear feedback from gamers like you to keep things appropriately open and community-driven. Pop that site into your RSS feed reader of choice, folks.