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Seven years ago today, Steam for Linux went into limited Beta

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Sometimes it only feels like it was a year or two ago but no, it has been seven years to the date since the valve was opened a little to let some Linux users get some Steam.

In that time, Valve have done a huge amount for Linux gaming. Sure, the whole Steam Machine and SteamOS idea didn't quite work out but thanks to the initial push we're still here. Not hard to imagine where Linux gaming would be without Valve, hardly any others really stepped up and took interest.

Likely thanks to their push, just over a year after the full public release of Steam for Linux in February 2013, GOG also entered the scene announcing their own support of Linux.

Valve have contributed to the Mesa graphics drivers, they helped push the Vulkan API, they fund DXVK and D9VK for translating various version of Direct3D into Vulkan, teamed up with CodeWeavers to bring Wine and everything together into their new Steam Play and so much more.

Truly incredible some of the games we have available now, despite being a minority platform. Going by Valves own survey, we're currently less than 1% (0.83%). When Valve last gave out their monthly active users count back in January, they said it was 90 million which puts the monthly active Linux gamers somewhere around 747,000. Every time I take a look at my own Steam library taking that into account, it's pretty amazing. Hopefully there's many more to come, both users and games.

Who knows what's coming in future. Perhaps something called Steam Cloud Gaming? Happy sort-of birthday, Steam for Linux. Thanks for all the fun Valve.

I hope you like my little joke achievement pop-up there, that took me way longer than I would care to admit.

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Vulphere 7 November 2019 at 1:20 am UTC
Thank you for your contributions to Linux gaming ecosystem, Valve.

It would be hard to imagine what would happen in Linux gaming without Valve's push.
sr_ls_boy 7 November 2019 at 2:33 am UTC
I remember when phoronix first reported on a alpha version of the linux client. I didn't believe him.
vskye 7 November 2019 at 5:51 am UTC
Thanks Valve!
Corben 7 November 2019 at 7:10 am UTC
Cheeseness' stencil tux fits really great for that achievement! Well done, and happy birthday Steam for Linux!
vector 7 November 2019 at 7:19 am UTC
Luke_NukemCan someone GIMP this image? You know what needs to be done.

image

We all know who really loves Linux.

My only previous experience with image manipulation was inserting Janet Yellen and Jack Lew into American Gothic, so you get what you pay for:
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Image References
1. https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/04/microsoft-linux-custom-kernel-azure-sphere
2. https://www.geekwire.com/2019/valve-hit-illegal-gambling-lawsuit-native-american-nation-operates-casino-washington-state/
3. https://www.wired.com/2013/07/wireduk-valve-jeri-ellsworth/


Last edited by vector on 7 November 2019 at 9:16 am UTC
Bloombery 7 November 2019 at 8:53 am UTC
How I can get this achievement?
Luke_Nukem 7 November 2019 at 9:11 am UTC
vector
Luke_NukemCan someone GIMP this image? You know what needs to be done.

image

We all know who really loves Linux.

My only previous experience with image manipulation was inserting Janet Yellen and Jack Lew into American Gothic, so you get what you pay for:
image

Image References
1. https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/04/microsoft-linux-custom-kernel-azure-sphere
2. https://www.geekwire.com/2019/valve-hit-illegal-gambling-lawsuit-native-american-nation-operates-casino-washington-state/
3. https://www.wired.com/2013/07/wireduk-valve-jeri-ellsworth/

You bloody legend!
Liam Dawe 7 November 2019 at 9:45 am UTC
BloomberyHow I can get this achievement?
It's a joke.
Ehvis 7 November 2019 at 10:00 am UTC
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BloomberyHow I can get this achievement?
It's a joke.

But now we want it! You know what you have to do. Make a game with the achievement and publish it on Steam.

Also congrats to Valve for the actual achievement. After (almost) 7 years I still have no regrets for the number that it shows on my external funds page. They've done well.
Slackdog 7 November 2019 at 10:13 am UTC
7 years?! No f**king way! I'd been using Linux for a couple of years but had pretty much stopped gaming before this! Here's to the next 7!

I'd suspect our % share would be higher if we got the survey even half as often as winblows users mind you...
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