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Steam for Linux leaves beta

Valve celebrates with sale and a Team Fortress 2 mascot

Valve's Steam distribution platform Steam has officially arrived on Linux, and brings with it a penguin shaped bonus for Team Fortress 2 players.

"We're huge fans of Linux. It's like the indie OS-a perfect home for our indie game," said Croteam CTO Alen Ladavac.

"And who better to lead the charge into Linux gaming than Valve? With Steam distribution on Windows, Mac OS, and now Linux, plus the buy-once, play-anywhere promise of Steam Play, our games are available to everyone, regardless what type of computer they're running. That's huge."

In recognition of the move there's currently a Steam sale on that includes around 50 Linux titles, and Linux based Team Fortress 2 players will receive a free penguin, Tux, the Linux mascot, to carry around the game.

"The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers," said Canonical's David Pitkin.

"We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. 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."

Valve recently made a number of job cuts across the company, including director of business Jason Holtman.

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Latest comments (9)

Andrew Watson Tools Programmer 8 years ago
I'm surprised it wasn't a hat.
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Adrian Herber8 years ago
The times are a'changin. Will this be a blip on the radar or the start of something big? With the end of absolute Windows platform dominance (to OSX and mobile/tablet market), consumer acceptance of Linux-like Android, and the continued march of Windows and OSX towards being closed systems, could Linux become a real player in the desktop market?
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gi biz ;, 8 years ago
I've been testing Steam on Sabayon for a while now, it works just great. It's funny to see how Desura managed to waste their 2-years advantage on Steam (yes they've released and open sourced their client way before Valve). Oh well, time to save money, I might start buying expensive games again :)
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Tim Carter Designer - Writer - Producer 8 years ago
So let me get this straight: all of us PC users are now redundant? We have to get a new box? What about the older Valve games, what happens to them? Do we need two desktop machines now? Do we have to basically trash our old box, and all of the work we are doing, in order to keep working with Steam?
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 8 years ago
Errr... What? That would be bizarre. Steam for Windows is still a thing. They've just added Linux functionality for the client. Like when they released Steam on Mac.

Also, dual-booting. It's totally a thing. :)
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Roberto Bruno Curious Person 8 years ago
@Tim Carter: Ehr, what are you talking about?
Steam for Windows isn't going anywhere. They are just *adding* Linux support not switching from one to the other.
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Robert B. Healy III Mercenary for Hire 8 years ago
@Tim: Why would you think any of that? Steam is cross-platform. You don't have to get rid of anything.
And for the record, a Linux box is still a PC. ;)
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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee8 years ago
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I am really happy to see this development. This could be the first serious step into a much bigger redistribution of Linux on PCs - especially since Microsoft failed to impress the masses with Win 8.
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