Valve Starting to Port Steam to Linux

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    Valve has just released it's Steam to Linux Blog, stating that they are taking on the project of porting Steam to Linux. They already were successful with porting LFD2 to the Linux distro Ubuntu, and they plan on porting other Valve titles as well as the Steam client itself.



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    I am very excited for this to say the least. ;)
     
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    I hope Steam on Linux is as terrible as Steam for Mac is.
     
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    Considering that the average Linux user also understands what gaming is then I think not.

    Looking forward to this even though I know support will be very limited and probably mainly just be the Source titles
     
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    Thanks for sharing that, that was awesome.

    I'm really glad Valve is investing in Linux. I use it as my primary OS, and I'd love to play my games on that. I feel like Steam doesn't owe my anything, yet they keep on improving my user experience :)
    I don't really know why you'd say that.
     
  7. chartube12

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    But that's exactly what all versions of steam is. A browser dedicated to steam for better?, faster downloading. Many Mac users just like to bitch about getting direct ports of Windows PC software. Like it taints their system with blood or something.
     
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    I say that mainly because they made a half-assed shitty Steam client on OS X that half the time doesn't do what it's supposed to. With broken UI elements, drop down menus that you have to guess where where are and pages that don't load.... It's not a pleasant experience. It's like every update it gets worse and worse. Literally at one point in the Mac .app file they had a. exe.... (which is gone now) I don't think it'll be fair if Linux users get a better experience than us Mac users out of the gate. Or at least, the same experience.
     
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    Even if the Steam client runs on Linux, won't there be a shit-load of work to port EVERY SINGLE ENGINE to Linux?
     
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    So you intentionally wish that instead of improving their Mac version they make a bad Linux version of their application just because Mac users are treated 'unfairly'?


    Do you realise how silly you sound?
     
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    I mean, I hope they're at least on par / improve together. I don't wish that they both suck. What I do think will happen is this: They'll make a great Linux client, and after that, once they have more experience on UNIX-based systems, they'll try to redo the OS X client. That's honestly what I think will happen, if they care about their OS X users(Which are the minority right now).
     
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    I like L4D2 and all but if they really wanted to promote Steam on Linux they should've done TF2. TF2 is like the second most played Steam game currently (#1 is Dota 2 which isn't even out, how the fuck does that happen?). L4D2 is pretty high up there but it's not TF2. Plus being F2P would entice people to use Steam instead of a game they have to pay for originally.

    As for the lack of games, I'm sure there's a few indie games that will get their Linux versions on Steam.
     
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    When I first saw this thread the title was "Valve starting to port steam to..." and I was like "XBL : D?!"
    "linux" :nayps3: (ain't no nayxbox)

    Well you see, the difference between Linux and Mac, is that Mac is god awful.
    It isn't Steam that's terrible, it's the Mac and its operating system that's terrible.

    I can see Steam on Linux runnin' quite well. Though i'm still conflicted about what the TF2 headgear will look like :unsure:
    Probably wont make people targets for insta-bans this time around at least.
     
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    Steam is a browser, download manager, instant messenger, game library, and marketplace all wrapped up in one program. And you can't download games from Steam's marketplace without using the Steam program, it has nothing to do with "better, faster downloading."
     
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    A lot of people have been playing the closed beta for the game, so I guess it gets the statistics from that? I know my Steam friends have been playing Dota 2 constantly.
     
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    For serious? I just stopped using Ubuntu because Steam wouldn't work with it.
     
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    Yay!
    I have been waiting forever for this!
     
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    I love options, so thank you Valve :) Looking forward to this.