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Six years ago today, Steam was released for Linux - Happy Birthday

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Happy official birthday to the Steam client for Linux, today marks six years since it released for everyone.

Who would have thought we would have everything we do now back in 2013? We've come a seriously long way! In that time we've seen the rise and fall of the Steam Machine and Steam Link (now available as an app), the Steam Controller, the HTC Vive headset and plenty more.

We now have well over five thousand games available on the Steam store that support Linux. That's a ridiculous amount, considering we're still a very small platform even in comparison to Mac when going by the current Steam Hardware Survey showing the market share.

Obviously the number doesn't mean much, quality games are more important and we do have some seriously good games available on Linux. The biggest gap is of course AAA games, which has become quite a bit easier thanks to Steam Play.

Here's to you Valve, thanks for all the fun. You're certainly not perfect and you make plenty of mistakes but you've given us a lot and I for one am especially thankful for the effort.

What are you hoping to see out of Valve in the next few years?

Personally, I hope they continue to push through and get SteamOS 3.0 out the door, a fresh Steam Machine push would be sweet when Steam Play has matured and some good new games would go down well.

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scaine 14 February 2019 at 1:46 pm UTC
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What a ride! Love it.
SadL 14 February 2019 at 2:29 pm UTC
scaineWhat a ride! Love it.
Love it as well.. My wallet on the other hand..

Edit: ..CK2 has sales in paradoxplaza until the 16th..Here we go again..

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Dedale 14 February 2019 at 2:35 pm UTC
I did get a steam account when they offered some half life 2 based demo if you had a nvidia card. Then i did not bother. I was still pirating (few) games then. I bought Starcraft 2, that's it. I started to buy games with the humble bundles and a bit later When steam hit Linux.

So i am one of these few customers that came to them thanks to Linux.

I am also one of these older folks who partially lost touch with modern games and marvel at old stuff like portal 1 and 2 or Half Life 2. The metro native builds i play are AAA stuff to me. #metoo.

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theghost 14 February 2019 at 2:39 pm UTC
Congratulation and thanks to all for the hard work, especially @ Valve.
Linux improved on all fronts (graphics drivers, the Desktop, gaming) in the last years.
I hope the improvement goes on and more people switch to Linux. With more people we will get more games.
Also I hope Valve gives us another game or two in the next years. And plz no VR or cardgame or battle royal.
Dunc 14 February 2019 at 2:47 pm UTC
That's... terrifying. I could have sworn it was only two or three.

Seriously though, kudos to Valve for sticking with us. To (kind of) mirror Patola's story, I stuck with my Amiga until 2005, meaning that I was out of touch with mainstream gaming for around a decade or so. Probably a little longer since, obviously, I switched to Linux rather than Windows. A friend convinced me to buy an XBox 360 in 2008 (hard to believe that's over a decade ago too, now I come to think of it), but money's a bit tighter these days, and I had more or less resigned myself to losing touch again as that console generation came to the end of its life. Steam came to Linux at exactly the right time for me. I can't thank Valve enough.

DedaleI did get a steam account when they offered some half life 2 based demo if you had a nvidia card. Then i did not bother.
Heh, I'd forgotten that. I actually bought the Orange Box in the hope of running Portal under Wine. (For some reason. I had it on the 360 already. I must have had more money than sense back then. Not any more...) Never managed it. So yeah, I had a Steam account lying dormant for years too, and if it weren't for Linux Steam, it still would be.

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Arehandoro 14 February 2019 at 2:53 pm UTC
Woohoo! Happy San Valentine Steam, give us some discounts and we'll give you some love back... like every other day of the year really haha.
Dedale 14 February 2019 at 2:55 pm UTC
DuncThat's... terrifying. I could have sworn it was only two or three.

I stuck with my Amiga until 2005 (...)

Oooh ! (C64 until 1996, i thought i was the only one)
orochi_kyo 14 February 2019 at 3:38 pm UTC
A love letter from Valve to the Linux community. Thanks Valve and Happy Birthday Steam Linux.
Dunc 14 February 2019 at 4:49 pm UTC
DedaleOooh ! (C64 until 1996, i thought i was the only one)
I'm not sure which would have required more computing “survival skills”. At least I had a web browser (of sorts).

Honestly, if parts hadn't become so expensive, I'd probably have carried on with it for even longer. A further CPU upgrade would have cost me about the same as I spent on my first PC - which was still faster - and that's using the original onboard AGA graphics; 24-bit VGA-capable cards were crazy money.

I still have three or four Amigas lying around in various states of repair, though. Mainly A1200s, one A500+. I should probably get round to fixing them up.
Dedale 14 February 2019 at 5:02 pm UTC
If one day you want to sell the A500+ and it is in working condition shoot me a PM.

AGA was more capable than VGA and even some SVGA cards. The crappy chips and techs SVGA i had on the 486 that replaced the C64 had 640X480 8 bits and 800X600 4 bits. And a 24 bits palette. But cheap.

A pity commodore spent about 1% in R&D and was in general grossly mismanaged. The Amigas had immense potential. The Brian Bagnall books on commodore and more specifically The Future Was Here about the Amiga by Jimmy Maher are worthy read for a fan.

I apologise for being carried away with that off topic but those oldies deserve their love.
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