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Steam on Linux

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So the rumour mill is at it again this time things are looking a bit more solid, but as always I am sceptical.

Michael Larabel of Phoronix is again posting about Steam coming for Linux, this time showing off screenshots showing off Left For Dead 2 running natively on Linux.

Considering Michael actually went to Valve HQ and met with the head of Valve this time it seems a little more solid. He also did note in his most recent article how he jumped the gun a bit on his older posts.

What do you think? Will Steam on Linux mean anything for you?

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Brandon Smith 25 Apr, 2012
It'll mean I don't have to boot to Ubuntu each time I want to play Trine with my teammate.
Give us Steam! 25 Apr, 2012
That's probably the best information of the day :)
I really hope that it's not fake again...
I'm waiting for native steam on linux for a long long time.

Linux FTW!
Hamish 25 Apr, 2012
Assuming this is true, I think what is more likely is for companies that previously did support us, such as Croteam and the people behind Red Orchestra, will come back on board once again. They have basically already stated their only real issue (though never forget the power to find other excuses...) is the fact there is no Steam for Linux.
Alex V.Sharp 25 Apr, 2012
Questions whether Steam is a good thing for Linux gaming (or any sort of gaming for that matter) is a rather difficult one to answer. From what I've researched so far, it was stated that they're planning on turning it into a social network akin to Facebook. This could be something extremely good for the gaming community as a whole, yet it still doesn't say anything about fixing the [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kw3AFJmctk']current problems with the service[/URL] (only video I could dig up; too tired to search for the rest). Never forget that Steam is, essentially, a well-branded DRM platform - something that the Linux community has been fending off for quite some time, even more than proprietary software. This move might put a serious dent in the whole open-source campaign in the long run, yet I dare not make assumptions until the first signs of trouble occur. On the other hand, a vast majority of the consumer base has been married to Steam for so long that upon switching to Linux they've either duel-booted or kept used it through Wine. There's no question that this is something they've been eagerly anticipating ever since first mentions of the port were made. One of the things many of them don't seem to understand though is that, by the end of the day, the number of available Linux titles relies solely on the developers, not Steam itself. Though to be perfectly honest, Valve has a huge impact on many things that happen within the gaming industry. I'm certain that as soon as they become available on Linux many publishers (except for EA which now has Origin) will follow in an attempt to make a profit. So to sum it all up, the biggest plus in this whole story is that Source is getting ported; the rest is debatable.

I do wish I had a stronger more subjective feeling about this whole affair, but given the limited amount of information available I just can't care enough to be involved. It's going to happen no matter what I think or say, and not like Newell's going to come by here and indulge my curiosities on the subjects of why, how and where all this is heading. Thus not much more to do except speculate, wait and see. Personally, what really presses my buttons about all of this is the news itself. The fact that so many Linux users will be talking about nothing but Steam until the port is ready means that so much work done by so many people in an effort to get funded (Indies) or accepted by a wider audience (Desura) will once again be overshadowed by the giant marketing grip surrounding this story which, no matter how hyped, shouldn't make the world stop just yet.

Now, if Valve was to announce something like "we're rewriting our licensing agreement" or "we're joining forces with DesuraNET" then I believe I would have a heart attack on the spot... Just sayin' :rolleyes:
Hamish 26 Apr, 2012
Actually a fairly fair assessment by Alex there. I am only really interested in the port of the Source engine and games. I am a bit leery of Steam itself.

And it is true that Valve has (not entirely deliberately) hurt things I care about by overshadowing things in the past. That was one of the reasons that, even when I was stuck on Windows, I never played their games. I was waiting for Valve to do something for me first.

So we will wait and see if that time has come. Sorry if we are getting any of you people down. ;)
MyGameCompany 26 Apr, 2012
Quoting: "liamdawe, post: 4146, member: 1"What do you think? Will Steam on Linux mean anything for you?


No. I have no interest in using Steam or any other delivery platform. If I want a game, I prefer to buy it from developers directly.
entux 26 Apr, 2012
It's DRM, so i really don't like it... i'd rather see more crowd funding pop up.
Holger 26 Apr, 2012
Quoting: "entux, post: 4155"It's DRM, so i really don't like it... i'd rather see more crowd funding pop up.

That is not entirely correct. In the first place Steam is a distribution, communication and match making software. It is up to the developers themself to tie their game to Steam as copy protection.

Dungeons of Dredmore for example is distributed via Steam similar to Desura but you are not bound to Steam at all. In fact: I run a copy of DoD with expansion pack from my Steam Account over at my Linux box without issues. Similar would be possible for L4D or HL2 as well if Valve decides to remove the Steam bindings in their code.

As for Steam on Linux I am kind of keen but all depends on the games which are available at which prices. For shure a little higher price for Linux is acceptable but should match general pricing of the games. In general Steam is often quite expensive with newer games compared to boxed wares but you can make great deals when buying bundles.

I for one own nearly all Valve games (beside Portal 2) but would be willing to (re)pay for L4D2 under Linux if the price point is not too steep.
Chuck 26 Apr, 2012
The one problem I foresee with Steam on Linux is that now we'll have Desura, Gameolith, Ubuntu Software Center and now Steam for games. Who do we buy from? Would purchasing a game from one service over another benefit the Linux community? Also, how will the Steam client handle games that are not ported to Linux? Would it use its own wine-wrapper or simply gray them out?

So many question, only time will tell.

I know a lot of the true hardcore open-source zealots will essentially bash Steam on Linux, but for gamers and for those of us who don't feel so strongly about certain aspects of GNU/Linux, if this actually happens I think it could only mean good things. Hopefully it will at least motivate hardware manufacturers to write better, more complete drivers.
Hamish 26 Apr, 2012
Quoting: "Chuck, post: 4157"Also, how will the Steam client handle games that are not ported to Linux? Would it use its own wine-wrapper or simply gray them out?


I would assume it would simply be like the Mac version. Why do people think on Linux you naturally would think about looking at Wine?

Quoting: "Chuck, post: 4157"I know a lot of the true hardcore open-source zealots will essentially bash Steam on Linux, but for gamers and for those of us who don't feel so strongly about certain aspects of GNU/Linux, if this actually happens I think it could only mean good things. Hopefully it will at least motivate hardware manufacturers to write better, more complete drivers.


Okay, first, opening with such wonderful phrases as "open-source zealots" is part of the reason why the tone on the Phoronix Forums (for instance) often goes down the tubes. You are going to have to accept that when you are on a system that was built on a lot of ideals, for some strange reason people are going to feel strongly about it, and they are often going to have worked with the platform a lot longer than you have. So give them a little respect, okay?

Now, we are not necessarily saying this a bad thing. But for those of us who already love Linux and already do enjoy gaming on Linux, we do not want to lose what we already have just in the name of potential future growth. We are not against the growth, or are ourselves in favour of anything else contained in many of allegations that are often hurled against such sentiments. We simply want to make sure it does not hurt what we care about, and why we became interested in the first place.

I am not trying to be aggressive or aggravating - but I have seen things happen like this before and I want people to know that it could happen here too.
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