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Portal 1 is now in Beta for Linux woohoo!

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Valves rather popular puzzle game Portal is now officially available on Linux in Beta form, thanks Valve!

Contrary to what Phoronix is telling you (let's not bash him, he simply didn't check anything), it's only Portal not Portal 2 which is available and not a final release, it is in Beta remember folks!

Originally released in 2007 it's great to see it hit Linux that's for sure!

Get it while it's hot! If you don't own it then it's quite cheap now it £6.99!
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s_d 3 May 2013 at 5:50 am UTC
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We don't really bash him, Liam;  he never checks anything.  It's not to say Larabel doesn't get good scoops, because he certainly can do... but his tendency to sensationalize without proper fact-checking certainly bites him in the ass, on occasion.  All in good fun, yes?

I'm glad to see these Valve classics pop up, though
SteamPenguin 3 May 2013 at 5:52 am UTC
Been waiting for Left4Dead2 2 all week and out of nowhere we get Portal happy days
Orkultus 3 May 2013 at 8:06 am UTC
Lol i have owned portal 1 and 2 since they came out, and i have never actually played any of them. This shall be interesting. IM STILL WAITING FOR LEFT 4 DEAD 2!. I hope this isn't a fill in like TF2 was on the Linux steam release!
edgley 3 May 2013 at 8:29 am UTC
Best news I've had all week
who_me 3 May 2013 at 8:38 am UTC
OrkultusLol i have owned portal 1 and 2 since they came out, and i have never actually played any of them. This shall be interesting. IM STILL WAITING FOR LEFT 4 DEAD 2!. I hope this isn't a fill in like TF2 was on the Linux steam release!

You can still run Portal 2 in Wine/PlayOnLinux/Crossover. No speed penalties.
shaunix 3 May 2013 at 1:07 pm UTC
I didn't read the post completely... edited original post.

Yay portal!
Rustybolts 3 May 2013 at 2:45 pm UTC
Oooo Nice one will be playing this one tonight then!!!
rccarroll 3 May 2013 at 3:49 pm UTC
I would be extremely cautious purchasing from Steam.  I did after they told me two games were linux compabible (Testament of Sherlock Holmes and Dirt2).  Immediately after I paid with PayPal I received a note that these were not compatable with Linux.  No ability to download or try what I purchased in any way.  I complained to Steam, as I have screenshots showing they said they were Linux compatible.  They stated again that they were not compatible, and changed their catalog, but refused to put my money back in PayPal.  Essentially, they admitted that their site was incorrect, but have decided to keep my money.  They will allow me to purchase another game, but why would I take something I don't want.  I paid good money, if it doesn't work at all, I expect my money back.
edgley 3 May 2013 at 4:04 pm UTC
This game definitely has a Linux port -- I would advise that you check here: -- before you commit yourself on games that are not Valve titles.

I'm pretty sure if Dirt2 had a Linux port that would be more than no coverage of that.
rccarroll 3 May 2013 at 4:20 pm UTC
My comment was directed at future Valve/Steam customers.  In my case, they had two of their games that indicated they worked in Linux.  I paid for them.  They did not work or even load, or download.  I complained immediately, but could not get my money back.  They did change the web page to indicate that Dirt2 and the Testament of Sherlock Holmes don't work in Linux, but that is after the fact.  If they c hanged the web page, it is an indication that they made a mistake. They did make a mistake, the games are not compatible with Linux.  But they kept my money.  I offered to give them screenshots, but they don't care.
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