Steam for Linux is a go

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

The Linux Steam client is on the Ubuntu Software Centre now, and yes, there's a sale to celebrate.


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Despite yesterday's news of lay-offs, Valve seems to be full steam ahead with the release of the Steam for Linux client.

The client is a free download from the Ubuntu Software Store — it currently being the most popular distribution of Linux.

The obligatory Steam sale has also commenced, with 50 different Linux titles selling for 50-75 per cent off.

Valve head Gabe Newell has previously said that Steam for Linux — and getting Big Picture to work on the platform — were key steps for the success of the long awaited Steam Box, bringing PC gaming to the lounge room and taking on the console market.



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SamB1 posted a comment   

They have actualy opened up their terms to make it possible for other linux distro's to put together custom packages. So ubuntu will get official support every other disto will get community support. It's already working (2 varying degrees) on most popular distro's

 

Restricted_access posted a comment   
Australia

Seems like it is 'Steam for Ubuntu" rather than steam for Linux.

 

gregory.opera posted a reply   
Australia

Well Ubuntu does hold virtually all of the Linux marketshare, particularly in the consumer segment...Ubuntu however, still has not shaken Microsoft from its pedestal - perhaps the availability of Steam will help the cause?

 

Restricted_access posted a reply   
Australia

I don't disagree with you. It's simply that the title implies that this is designed and ready for any version of Linux, whereas, it seems that it is really for Ubuntu.




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