Steam Linux Status Update

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The Valve blog has been updated with a status update on the development of a Steam client for Linux and the porting of Source games. The company is focusing on supporting Ubuntu first but may extend support to other distributions. They have successfully ported Left 4 Dead 2 and have all major features of Steam working on Ubuntu 12.04 with apparently just minor features to add.

“Why Ubuntu? There are a couple of reasons for that. First, we’re just starting development and working with a single distribution is critical when you are experimenting, as we are. It reduces the variability of the testing space and makes early iteration easier and faster. Secondly, Ubuntu is a popular distribution and has recognition with the general gaming and developer communities. This doesn’t mean that Ubuntu will be the only distribution we support. Based on the success of our efforts around Ubuntu, we will look at supporting other distributions in the future.

After successfully porting L4D2 to Ubuntu, interest grew within Valve and, as a result, the team and projects we were working on also grew. Currently, our focus is on the following projects:

  •     getting the Steam client onto Linux with full functionality
  •     optimizing a version of L4D2 running at a high frame rate with OpenGL
  •     porting additional Valve titles”

Read the entire post on the Valve blog.



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