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Steam for Linux Confirmed; Now Live for Mac OSX

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Steam is growing to more platforms. This is a Good Thing.

Steam is available for Mac users today, extending one of PC gaming's best online services to those gaming on aluminum-clad machines from Apple.

"Steam has been a service exclusively for PC users since we launched it in 2004. For the first time we and our partners are bringing it to another platform," Valve wrote in its news section. "It's been a ton of work, but the Mac is great for the same reason the PC is great - they are both open systems that let gamers and game developers be as close as possible."

Those who have PC games purchased on a PC account will automatically get the rights to the authorized Mac versions when they sign in.

Equally as big is word that Steam and the Source engine are being ported to Linux. First evidence of a Linux port appeared in a beta version for the Mac, and now it's been confirmed, reported Phoronix.

Thanks to Steam, the gaming market for Mac and Linux users just got much, much bigger and better.

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    flyinfinni , May 12, 2010 11:41 PM
    SWEET! Steam on Linux could really be a game changer for a lot of people!
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    dwave , May 12, 2010 11:43 PM
    If more games start getting ported over, Linux will definably become a more viable platform. Games still keeps me tied to Windows.
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    AMDnoob , May 12, 2010 11:43 PM
    Now if Apple had Valve under its belt none of this PROGRESS would happen. They'd box it up and keep it under their watchful eye monitoring every move. But with a free thinking and fun company like Valve they expand with PC gamers in their best interest.
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  • 29 Hide
    flyinfinni , May 12, 2010 11:41 PM
    SWEET! Steam on Linux could really be a game changer for a lot of people!
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    AMDnoob , May 12, 2010 11:42 PM
    And now they're taking Linux and Mac gamers into their best interests as well. I don't think Apple would be so generous.
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    AMDnoob , May 12, 2010 11:43 PM
    Now if Apple had Valve under its belt none of this PROGRESS would happen. They'd box it up and keep it under their watchful eye monitoring every move. But with a free thinking and fun company like Valve they expand with PC gamers in their best interest.
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    dwave , May 12, 2010 11:43 PM
    If more games start getting ported over, Linux will definably become a more viable platform. Games still keeps me tied to Windows.
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    lunosnyper , May 12, 2010 11:43 PM
    Does this mean that any game on steam can be played on Lunix or just the ones with the source engine? This is awesome ether way. I knew it wouldn't be much of a step to get it on linux after they put it on MAC but i didn't think they would accually do it yay.
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    ehanger , May 12, 2010 11:43 PM
    too bad 95% of the crapple computers won't be able to play any of the games due to their their vastly overpriced and outdated hardware.
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    boogalooelectric , May 12, 2010 11:46 PM
    I have just made the recent switch to dual boot systems running first Karmic Koala ubuntu and now Lucid Lynx and I LOVE LINUX now, the only thing from keeping me on a dual boot system is the occasional game I like to play which is becoming less frequent.

    Now if this really happens than I will switch over completely, I have played around with the virtual machines line Wine and the one by Oracle but its still not the same.

    This is friggen sweet.
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    boogalooelectric , May 12, 2010 11:51 PM
    Hey Marcus can you put a pic up with the Half life dude wearing a penguin on his chest or something that fits the spirit of this awesome news?
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    victomofreality , May 12, 2010 11:54 PM
    You knew once they bridged to Mac it was only a matter of time... although it's faster then I had anticipated.
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    tserich , May 13, 2010 12:04 AM
    Awesome! This is a great! Steam is #1
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    tamick88 , May 13, 2010 12:31 AM
    Ok, this is awesome. When I first read that article on steam expanding to another platform I was disapointed that it wasn't linux. I guess I just needed to give them a little more time.

    +1 steam
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    titdoctor , May 13, 2010 12:35 AM
    weee more p2p gaming..
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    rage machine , May 13, 2010 12:40 AM
    Honestly.... if they get my steam games ported over to linux the only thing windows will have left for me is just drivers for my pen tablet and Adobe Studio.
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    jimmysmitty , May 13, 2010 12:42 AM
    I am pretty sure that someone emailed Chet F about this and he said no......

    Will wait for VALVe to say it.
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    jkeopka , May 13, 2010 12:46 AM
    Holy Crap!! I really want to make the full jump to Linux but gaming has been holding me back. This might be the game changer!
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    pyroghozt , May 13, 2010 1:02 AM
    I'm looking forward to comparing performance of source games running under Linux natively vs Windows. You'd think there would be a noticeable fps gain^^.

    Anyone got the official link to Valves announcement?

    Oh and is someone going to photo shop Gordon a Tuxedo? Give the man a Tuxedo bois!

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    randomizer , May 13, 2010 1:09 AM
    lunosnyperDoes this mean that any game on steam can be played on Lunix or just the ones with the source engine?

    If the game has been ported to Linux you can play it. It's not limited to Source games, but it is limited to games with OpenGL counterparts to their DirectX implementations.

    ehangertoo bad 95% of the crapple computers won't be able to play any of the games due to their their vastly overpriced and outdated hardware.

    Source games can play on just about anything. The only thing a modern Mac may not play well (and well doesn't mean 80+ FPS to most people) is Left 4 Dead (2). Expect to see CSS n00bs who thought that Steve Jobs promised them a win every time with their Magic mouse though :) 

    pyroghoztYou'd think there would be a noticeable fps gain^^.

    More like a noticeable loss. NVIDIA binary drivers are ok at best, and ATI drivers are definitely sub-par. Hopefully this will give the two companies incentive to boost their funding for the Linux dev team a bit.
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    huntarus , May 13, 2010 1:22 AM
    dwaveIf more games start getting ported over, Linux will definably become a more viable platform. Games still keeps me tied to Windows.


    I personally don't mind using Windows, but I do mind the amount of resources it uses up sometimes. I have an old gaming laptop (T8300, 8600M GT, 6 GB) so I need all the extra resources I can get when playing games.
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    kyeana , May 13, 2010 1:33 AM
    This makes me very happy. I literally just reinstalled windows again for the first time in 4 months today for tf2. Having this native on Linux would be absolutely wonderful.
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    aethm , May 13, 2010 1:35 AM
    randomizerIf the game has been ported to Linux you can play it. It's not limited to Source games, but it is limited to games with OpenGL counterparts to their DirectX implementations.Source games can play on just about anything. The only thing a modern Mac may not play well (and well doesn't mean 80+ FPS to most people) is Left 4 Dead (2). Expect to see CSS n00bs who thought that Steve Jobs promised them a win every time with their Magic mouse though More like a noticeable loss. NVIDIA binary drivers are ok at best, and ATI drivers are definitely sub-par. Hopefully this will give the two companies incentive to boost their funding for the Linux dev team a bit.



    Which for the most part means valve only games. It's been awhile since a AAA game has been released without directx
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