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Steam for Linux Client Hits Ubuntu Software Center

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Steam for Linux went into open beta in December, but it seems the beta days are over. Valve today announced the official release of its Steam for Linux client. Users can now download the Steam client for free via the Ubuntu Software Center.


To celebrate the release of Steam for Linux, over 50 Linux titles are available for between 50-75 percent off. This sale will continue through to next Thursday, February 21. In addition to games, Steam for Linux includes Big Picture, the new mode of Steam designed for use with a TV and game controller. Valve is hoping Steam for Linux and Big Picture mode will give Steam in the living room a bit of a boost.

Speaking about today's announcement, David Pitkin, Director of Consumer Applications at Canonical said the introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers.

"We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms," he said. "We're looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam."

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    lvlouro , February 15, 2013 6:01 PM
    Finally! is the right comment

    Hope performance doesn't dissapoint
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    Bloob , February 15, 2013 6:16 PM

    Now we just need some more game-engines with Linux support ( Unity is ahead of the pack here ).
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2013 6:21 PM
    Its been out for almost a week now.

    I've been playing CSS for a few days now. Its really stable, but not bug free, but the bugs are annoying, not show-stopping. Performance is exellent, provided you get the video driver setup right.

    It's been more then 10 years since i tried linux and played CS, now a decade long dream has come true. "THANKS GABE".

    For all those interested in steam for linux, here's some tips:

    1) start withh Ubuntu 12.04.1 64 bit (not ubuntu 12.10) and DON'T manually add the gpu drivers.

    2) add the xorg-edgers ppa(google it) [ its a 3rd party repository for graphics drivers, they wil update both your kernel and gpu drivers automatically, without loosing stability.]

    3) install Steam(linux). When you start steam, it will update itself. Once you start it, it will prompt you to install the latest proprietary drivers. NOW install it from this prompt.

    My system : Phenom 2 965, 8 GB RAM, 6950 2GB.
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    atikkur , February 15, 2013 6:30 PM
    it runs on linuxmint tooo... i hope they can port l4d2 asap.. , and cs:go,, i dont have cs:s.
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    myromance123 , February 15, 2013 6:42 PM
    I'm certain more Valve games are in the works to be ported to Linux, and with many past kickstarter games pledging Linux support and a ton of Greenlight games having a Linux version there's lots of room for growth.

    Got myself Trine 2, Cubemen, FTL and Harvest. Already have SS3 and KF, got those as soon as they released their Linux versions. CSS and CS 1.6 work great here on Ubuntu 12.10.
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    antilycus , February 15, 2013 6:50 PM
    so it's great if its more open, but only as long as it stays on Ubuntu? see the problem?
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    m32 , February 15, 2013 7:03 PM
    lvlouroFinally! is the right

    You talking about Steam on Linus,Toms' finally doing an article on this, or both? ;) 
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    ssd_pro , February 15, 2013 7:10 PM
    Finally... a slightly less crippled OS!
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    lvlouro , February 15, 2013 8:39 PM
    m32You talking about Steam on Linus,Toms' finally doing an article on this, or both? ;) 

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    Anonymous , February 15, 2013 8:46 PM
    i've try to test it but when i log on to my steam account in linux i could only play couple of my games and i have 38 games with steam, think i'll stick with windows a bit longer .. still dont feel linux is not for me really ... maybe in another 5 years i might give it another look ...
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2013 10:03 PM
    Seems like the beginning of the end for Windows, one less use-case to demand having a Windows partition...
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    matt_b , February 15, 2013 11:09 PM
    Let the games begin (yes, there's a pun there)!!!
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    master_chen , February 15, 2013 11:28 PM
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    susyque747 , February 16, 2013 12:02 AM
    Oh crap, need to get my butt going and plug in the second HD I bought to dual boot my gaming rig.
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    susyque747 , February 16, 2013 12:04 AM
    antilycusso it's great if its more open, but only as long as it stays on Ubuntu? see the problem?

    Ubuntu is pure open as in all the code, because of the many distros of Linux and custom ones STEAM decided go with the most popular and one of the best distros, Ubuntu.
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    susyque747 , February 16, 2013 12:08 AM
    Lets hope that Nvidia and AMD work on some good Open GL drivers for Ubuntu to really support this. Even if they keep the drivers proprietary it will be a big help. Nvidia does support Linux but not enough but I guess I you can't blame them because of the current size of the gaming on linux but this is a start.
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2013 12:59 AM
    yar the rest is history.

    Only reason I had.. past .. was games

    no reason to even think now. My main games and use is on mac
    and new stuff to be on Linux Mint (( not Ubuntu) silly buggers.

    yar yar.. long die wincrap..
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    master_chen , February 16, 2013 1:13 AM

    Pick one.
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    dozerman , February 16, 2013 1:57 AM
    master_chen>Mac>GamesPick one.

    Dude, Linux isn't mac...

    I honestly worry about the understanding that the commenters have on this Site...
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    master_chen , February 16, 2013 3:18 AM
    Dude, Linux isn't Mac...

    Are you pulling my leg, or just didn't read what I've pointed out?
    Read his post, he said "Mac is currently my main platform, for games too", and "I'll use Linux Mint on my other computer".
    To which I replied "Mac and games? /0". I never said that "MacOS are Linux Distributable" or something. Seriously, man, where in the hell did you even saw that in my message?
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