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Report: Steam Coming to Linux 'Within Months'

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Linux users, if you can be patient for just a little longer, your wish for Steam to run natively on your OS of choice will be Valve's command.

After years of waiting, we wouldn't be surprised if Linux users had given up hope of seeing a Steam for Linux release any time soon. However, it seems Valve is indeed hard at work on Steam for Linux and, according to the latest rumors, it will be released 'within months.'

Word comes from Phoronix founder Michael Larabel. Larabel reports that the Steam client and Source Engine are being ported to Linux and will arrive in a matter of months. The founder of the Linux enthusiast site said he was privy to Valve's Linux efforts at a recent visit to the company's offices. Proof comes in the form of a photo that shows Left 4 Dead 2 running natively on Linux.

 

"No Wine library or anything else for "fake" support," Larabel writes. "This is on an Ubuntu 11.10 installation with the AMD Catalyst Linux driver."

So, what's the hold up? According Larabel, Valve has been working on Linux support for quite a while but a lack of structure meant things moved kind of slowly until Gabe Newell got involved with the project.

"In part, what has taken so long is that Valve's management structure is rather flat," he writes, later adding, "There has been developers working on the Linux support for sometime, but not until recently has Gabe Newell become personally involved with the Linux client work. In fact, his desk is currently in the current Valve Linux development camp!"

Linux support is expected in the coming months. For now, Valve is working hard on Linux support and Michael Larabel says Valve is looking to expand its current tea of Linux developers. They've apparently already taken on one person he recommended and they aren't finished hiring yet.

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    willard , April 26, 2012 1:04 PM
    papaspudI would love to see it, but people spend too much money developing games, to turn around release their source code to the public. Just my humble opinion of course....

    You know that open source isn't a requirement for Linux support, right?
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    nforce4max , April 26, 2012 12:35 PM
    At least they are moving forward unlike the rest of the industry.
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    jessterman21 , April 26, 2012 12:23 PM
    I'd never use Windows again...
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  • 23 Hide
    molo9000 , April 26, 2012 12:17 PM
    Gabe Newell to the rescue! lol

    I wonder what 'within months' means in Valve time.
  • 26 Hide
    jessterman21 , April 26, 2012 12:23 PM
    I'd never use Windows again...
  • 26 Hide
    nforce4max , April 26, 2012 12:35 PM
    At least they are moving forward unlike the rest of the industry.
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    iceman1992 , April 26, 2012 12:40 PM
    one more (BIG) reason to ditch windows
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    spookie , April 26, 2012 12:40 PM
    One of the main reasons I still use windows is for games...looks like that is about to change :D 
  • 17 Hide
    bucknutty , April 26, 2012 12:46 PM
    Imagine if thier work lead to a direct x type port that would allow all windows games to run in linux.... One could dream..
  • 17 Hide
    ojas , April 26, 2012 12:50 PM
    Wait, could valve's console-ish thing be linux based???
  • 16 Hide
    santiagoanders , April 26, 2012 12:55 PM
    YESSSSSSSSSS! This is what I've been wanting ever since I built my first computer.
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    papaspud , April 26, 2012 1:00 PM
    That means they might have...oh maybe as many games as they have for Mac, all of 19. There has to be developer support, or big deal that you can play source games, or a few indies. A long way to go before linux will be your OS of choice for gaming. I would love to see it, but people spend too much money developing games, to turn around release their source code to the public. Just my humble opinion of course....
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    mowston , April 26, 2012 1:01 PM
    Doesn't mean that many game companies will start porting to Linux though.
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    joytech22 , April 26, 2012 1:02 PM
    About damn time we get some good news on this!

    If all of my steam games end up being supported eventually on Linux I'll ditch Windows.
    Not because it's bad or anything, I mean it's pretty good and industry-standard too.

    But looking at where windows is going... (tiles) I think it isn't a bad idea.
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    willard , April 26, 2012 1:04 PM
    papaspudI would love to see it, but people spend too much money developing games, to turn around release their source code to the public. Just my humble opinion of course....

    You know that open source isn't a requirement for Linux support, right?
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    mayne92 , April 26, 2012 1:05 PM
    Best news I have read all day
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    sublime2k , April 26, 2012 1:10 PM
    Steam was probably the only thing that kept me tied to Windows back when I used XP. However, I switched to 7 a month or two ago and I think I'll keep it.
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    crabdog , April 26, 2012 1:20 PM
    A while back I would have been excited to learn about this and I guess in a way a little part of me still is. Unfortunately though, over the last month I have tested more than 10 distros including Ubuntu, Mint, Fuduntu, Fedora, Debian etc etc and EVERY single one has had several major issues. Linux today seems to me the same as Windows ME was back in the day - some interesting concepts but poor implementation and more things that are "broken" than there are things that just work. Hardware/driver issues, instability too much difference in the way that different distros/forks work and just a lot of effort to get things set up and working properly. Maybe I've just been unlucky - admittedly Linux works much better on my desktop than on my laptop (Optimus grrr) but nowadays since patched Vista and Windows 7 Microsoft has really got a great OS going. I won't mention the foolishness of Win8 but 7 is just fantastic.
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    joebakb , April 26, 2012 1:37 PM
    crabdogA while back I would have been excited to learn about this and I guess in a way a little part of me still is. Unfortunately though, over the last month I have tested more than 10 distros including Ubuntu, Mint, Fuduntu, Fedora, Debian etc etc and EVERY single one has had several major issues. Linux today seems to me the same as Windows ME was back in the day - some interesting concepts but poor implementation and more things that are "broken" than there are things that just work. Hardware/driver issues, instability too much difference in the way that different distros/forks work and just a lot of effort to get things set up and working properly. Maybe I've just been unlucky - admittedly Linux works much better on my desktop than on my laptop (Optimus grrr) but nowadays since patched Vista and Windows 7 Microsoft has really got a great OS going. I won't mention the foolishness of Win8 but 7 is just fantastic.


    Well, for the average user, many distros are not easy to use. However, some (especially the desktop Ubuntu distro) are initially set up to 'just go' after installation and anything that is especially technical still isn't usually too easy to do unless you know how to use the cli...and google. This isn't necessarily a bad thing since many users don't need to do anything especially technical.

    With that said, once you learn it, you can do some amazing things for absolutely free with linux.
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    joebakb , April 26, 2012 1:38 PM
    Also, where are you at netflix? You're missing the bus. Get it together.
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    atikkur , April 26, 2012 1:53 PM
    this is great direction.. as steam (now can be considered as the authority of gaming) maybe can set the standard for gaming even greater with linux, as it free and opensource. meaning they can shape the linux as whatever they want.. maybe they can form it as new distro,, steam-linux,, that optimizes for gaming needs, think it like console version of pc... no more to buy new os just to get new graphics api (like winxp for dx9, win7 just for dx10/dx11). more games will be developed to this linux platform because of its appeal, if they can implement it right. the prospect is bright.
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