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Steam Client for Mac Launches, Linux Client On the Way

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the three-cheers dept.

Desktops (Apple) 572

CyDharttha writes with news that the Mac version of Steam went live today, along with Mac versions of Portal, Team Fortress 2, and many other games. Valve plans to make more games available every Wednesday. Several publications are also reporting that a Linux version of Steam has been confirmed, and is expected within the next few months. Quoting Phoronix: "Found already within the Steam store are Linux-native games like Unreal Tournament 2004, World of Goo, and titles from id Software such as Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and Doom 3. Now that the Source Engine is officially supported on Linux, some Source-based games will be coming over too. Will we finally see Unreal Tournament 3 surface on Linux too? Only time will tell, but it is something we speculated back in 2008. Postal III is also being released this year atop the Source Engine and it will be offering up a native client. We have confirmed that Valve's latest and popular titles like Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source, and Team Fortress 2 are among the first of the Steam Linux titles, similar to the Mac OS X support. The released Linux client should be available by the end of summer."

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I am happy. (5, Interesting)

CasualFriday (1804992) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185408)

AWESOME. If CS:S and HL2 run well in Ubuntu, I now have no reason to keep my Windows partition.

Re:I am happy. (0, Offtopic)

e2d2 (115622) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185500)

I hope it runs better than previous attempts. I ran Cedega for years on Debian and yeah it "worked". Just like a sickle "works" for cutting grass. Kind of a let down to be honest compared to windows gaming. Maybe this will change that but pardon me if I don't hold my breath.

Re:I am happy. (5, Informative)

mejogid (1575619) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185520)

Cedega is a hacked up fork of Wine which is itself an incomplete and buggy implementation of Windows APIs on linux - why would you have similar expectation of Valve's official ports? Running portal on a Mac right now, it's infinitely superior to anything achieved through emulation.

Re:I am happy. (3, Informative)

jandrese (485) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185754)

The problem is that a lot of official Linux ports are just the game running in Cedega! Since the Source engine is derived from an engine that has been ported to Linux natively however, I would be surprised if Valve went that route instead of just providing a native client.

Re:I am happy. (2, Interesting)

mejogid (1575619) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185826)

Right, but the same applies to Mac ports - they're generally treated equally since they both essentially require similar technologies for graphics/audio/networking - and the new Steam for OS X is exclusively native games (if you consider the handful of Flash games to be native I guess).

That, and if there's one thing we know about Valve it's that while they may take their time, it's generally pretty polished by the time they're done with it.

Re:I am happy. (1)

mrsteveman1 (1010381) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185838)

Are there any Cedega games in Steam right now? If not, i see no reason why they would start including them, especially after doing all this work to build a cross platform system like they have.

Re:I am happy. (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185836)

Cedega is a hacked up fork of Wine which is itself an incomplete and buggy implementation of Windows APIs on linux - why would you have similar expectation of Valve's official ports? Running portal on a Mac right now, it's infinitely superior to anything achieved through emulation.

Because Transgaming is making a business out of (essentially) providing Cedega as a way for publishing houses to offer cross-platform tittles. Key words to investigate this might include Cider, EVE, and Electronic Arts. It might also be interesting to search on how Sony's SecuROM works in to all this (Transgaming claimed they would include SecuROM on all Cider tittles).

Re:I am happy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185558)

I hope it runs better than previous attempts. I ran Cedega for years on Debian and yeah it "worked". Just like a sickle "works" for cutting grass. Kind of a let down to be honest compared to windows gaming. Maybe this will change that but pardon me if I don't hold my breath.

Sickle [wikipedia.org]

A sickle is a hand-held agricultural tool with a curved blade typically used for harvesting grain crop or cutting grass for hay.

So you're saying that it's going to work perfectly?! Nice.

Re:I am happy. (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185746)

A sickle, while made for that, is rather inefficient for cutting grass. It requires the grass to be of a certain length and doesn't work as well on green (wet) grass as it would on dryer grass. If you think about it, while convenient, gas/electric powered mowers are pretty inefficient as well (look at how sharp the blades have to be as well as how fast they rotate to achieve what they do). But what do I know. I've only been mowing yards for 15 years now.

Re:I am happy. (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185968)

Like Civilization 4? Like desktop wallpapers? Check out my blog. http://civliquote.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com]

Is your sig a weird joke, or a typo?

Seeing is believing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185422)

Seeing is believing. When it's released, that is.

But, for now.. (1)

NervousNerd (1190935) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185424)

But for now, do the Windows version of Source games support OpenGL? I would think that'd make them run better in WINE.

Re:But, for now.. (4, Insightful)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185482)

No but they obviously wrote an opengl backed for Mac OSX.

Since that's done, it's trivial to port the renderer to Linux (which also uses OpenGL for native 3d hardware access). The renderer is probably the most complex part of the engine, so that means adding Linux support is much cheaper than it would have otherwise been.

Wanted linux games.. (0)

Janek Kozicki (722688) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185432)

Games that I want to buy, linux versions: democracy2, another world, portal, civilization IV, sim city 3k, starcraft, system shock 2

Re:Wanted linux games.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185508)

Tough shit. You can have tux racer.

Re:Wanted linux games.. (1)

Shoe Puppet (1557239) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185542)

There is a Linux version of SimCity 3000, created by Loki. Don't know where to get it, though.

Re:Wanted linux games.. (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185606)

I've never tried it, but I thought I read somewhere that StarCraft worked smashingly well via WINE.

Re:Wanted linux games.. (2, Informative)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185676)

Most blizzard games run very well under wine. I'm not sure why exactly, I assume it's a combination of developer excitement over the game and Blizzard devs writing good code.

I've been playing Warcraft III on wine for 3-4 years now. People have the Starcraft II beta running already.

I wonder if Blizzard is cool enough to compete with Valve and get a proper Linux client out for SC2? Sadly, I doubt it. :(

Re:Wanted linux games.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185688)

Until you try to connect to battle.net and then the menus are just messed up, if you can get it to connect at all.

Granted, with the way battle.net has been sucking the past year (just randomly grinds games with more then 2 people to a jittery halt half the time) not sure you want to bother with battle.net anymore.

Re:Wanted linux games.. (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185806)

Until you try to connect to battle.net and then the menus are just messed up, if you can get it to connect at all.

You sure that isn't just WINE emulating Windows Vista/7?

No wait, that's the StarCraft main menu that's messed up in Vista/7 and you can't connect to Battle.NET at all without running SC as Administrator.

for your convenience, the URL they didn't give you (5, Informative)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185438)

the download page. [steampowered.com]

Re:for your convenience, the URL they didn't give (5, Informative)

joe_bruin (266648) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185476)

Even better, free Portal for PC and Mac here: http://store.steampowered.com/freeportal/ [steampowered.com]

Re:for your convenience, the URL they didn't give (0)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185584)

I'll have to check this link on my computer at home (steampowered.com is blocked where I work).

Re:for your convenience, the URL they didn't give (1)

mehemiah (971799) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185634)

took'em long enough

Re:for your convenience, the URL they didn't give: (1)

OldAndInTheWay (109936) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185902)

SLASHDOTTED!

Valve joining the walled garden? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185448)

How much extortion money does the Jobs goon squad want? I hope they make it through the approval process, and re-write all of their code in the approved languages. They also need to re-write the games to the dictated look, and remove all freedom of choice.

What to do (3, Interesting)

quadrox (1174915) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185450)

I am torn apart - show my support for linux games and make linux game purchases with steam once that is possible, or keep boycotting it because of the evil DRM that it brings...

I just don't know anymore...

(FYI: sadly, I already have plenty of steam games on my account, from a time before I realized the true extent of the DRM danger)

Re:What to do (5, Informative)

Diantre (1791892) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185548)

Awww come on now. Steam is, IHMO, the only gaming platform that does DRM well. You simply have to register your game to your account and you can play anywhere afterwards (even in offline mode). The only time you have to connect to the internet is when registering your games (that you likely bought over the net anyway). Non-intrusive and practical; I can download my games on as many computers as I want and play them whenever I want.

Re:What to do (5, Informative)

Amouth (879122) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185748)

Steam really has matured to a very nice product.

I personally like using it as i don't have to keep track of all my install CD's .. and i can have them installed on my laptop and desktop.. remove as i need space/

even for the net only and DRM part - Steam has put out notices in the past that in the event that the steam network was to go away they would push an update removing the need to auth on the client so that it wouldn't stop working..

now many people can argue that they say that but woln't do it BUT out of the different publishers and networks Steam seems to be the only one actually doing GOOD work - and i have YET to see them re-nig on something, and there for will give them the benefit of the doubt and my money - until they give me a reason not to.

Re:What to do (2, Insightful)

danieltdp (1287734) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185858)

Note that you can't lend, sell or give the game away to other people. It is stuck to you forever

Re:What to do (1, Interesting)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185922)

True but that could easily change. Steam used to be Windows only as well.

Re:What to do (5, Insightful)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185654)

Show your support for a model which not only works, but is actually being done correctly. Companies like Ubisoft and EA are great examples for how to completely ruin a distribution platform like this. Valve is, and has been for many years, an excellent example of how to do it right. This type of protection is no more "evil" than requiring the CD to be in the drive (that being said, I still refuse to purchase GTA4 even over Steam because of the additional DRM added by Rockstar). Show companies like Ubisoft and EA that you reject not the concept of online distribution, but their specific implementation of it, by supporting a company like Valve which is committed to a good experience for its customers. Just as companies who make terrible decisions against their customers deserve to be boycotted, companies who prioritize a good customer experience also deserve to be rewarded.

In other words, help Valve prove that Linux is a viable market for games, and that even free software folks are willing to pay for high-quality games. It will give companies like Ubisoft a lot to think about.

Re:What to do (1)

emkyooess (1551693) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185680)

EA? You mean The Sims 3 -- DRM free?

Re:What to do (1)

DCstewieG (824956) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185752)

Steam is pretty much DRM done right as far as I'm concerned. Obviously it would be preferable not to have it, but if you must, Steam ain't bad. I am still amazed they're going with a buy once, play any platform model for their games. I was fully intending to buy Half-Life 2 all over again to play on Mac but I won't have to. Valve rocks.

Re:What to do (1)

Piata (927858) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185910)

Honestly... steam's DRM is pretty unobtrusive. I had my concerns too, but the service is just too damn convenient.

I wish there were better channels to handle disputes as I would hate to lose all my games and have no recourse, but otherwise it's one of the best implementations of DRM I've ever seen. It's so convenient and affordable that I have a very hard time buying anything that's not on Steam.

Time to see what mainstream games do for Mac/Linux (3, Insightful)

chocobanana (974767) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185466)

Great news! I'm really looking forward to see what Steam, as a mainstream game distribution platform, will do for Linux and Mac.

Re:Time to see what mainstream games do for Mac/Li (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185604)

I hope my Macbook's GMA950 can run some games (any games!)

Re:Time to see what mainstream games do for Mac/Li (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185758)

Well, I saw farther up that Portal is free right now, so why not give it a try?

Granted, anything with a newer version of the engine might have problems (Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, and to a certain extent Team Fortress 2 (changes were backported from L4D).

But does it run on Lin-... (3, Funny)

Kirin Fenrir (1001780) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185470)

...oh. So it does. :)

Re:But does it run on Lin-... (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185526)

Yes it does.

One of the two things keeping me using my windows partition is games.

With good titles like these coming to linux, the only remaining factor is my desire to keep my .NET skills sharp in case I need to find a new job quickly.

Valve Time (1)

skyride (1436439) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185490)

"By the end of summer" really, in valve time, means "at some point next year". Its great, it'll happen, but I wouldn't hold your breat.

Re:Valve Time (1)

will.perdikakis (1074743) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185660)

Now that this is out of the way, maybe they will finish HL2:Ep3!

why buy WoG through Steam, instead of NOT through? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185494)

Why by World of Goo through steam, when you could buy it NOT through steam? Seriously, they sell a DRM-free version, doesn't require any intrusive software on your machine, your computer stays YOUR computer, no worries about what the thing might be doing behind your back, etc.

I can understand the argument of, "Well, game XYZ is only available through stream", even though I wouldn't do it myself. Buy when there's a totally un-DRMed alternative available, why would anyone chose Steam over that?

Questions without answers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185664)

But when there's a totally un-DRMed alternative available, why would anyone chose Steam over that?

We... we don't know, AC.

Re:why buy WoG through Steam, instead of NOT throu (1)

space_jake (687452) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185674)

Not everyone has heard of World of Goo, they might browse the Steam library for an impulse buy.

Re:why buy WoG through Steam, instead of NOT throu (5, Informative)

Tei (520358) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185684)

I give you some reasons:
  - You already trust the Steam shop. This is important for people nervaous about his credit card details
  - You have a centralized location to re-download. If you move to another computer (or OS), you just click to download again
  - If you have savegames on your Mac, Netbook, PC, ..these savegames follow you around. You can start playing on the netbook, continue on the Mac and finish on the PC.

Re:why buy WoG through Steam, instead of NOT throu (2, Insightful)

Rockoon (1252108) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185700)

Steam Achievements?

Re:why buy WoG through Steam, instead of NOT throu (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185744)

The Steam Version doesn't have any DRM either.

Re:why buy WoG through Steam, instead of NOT throu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185784)

Because some of us don't wear tinfoil hats all the time?

Re:why buy WoG through Steam, instead of NOT throu (1)

E1ven (50485) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185842)

I GREATLY prefer to buy games through Steam, and will often pay a premium to do so. It gives me the convenience of being able to download it on any PC I go to; It's in my list, along with every other game.
I don't need to store the DMG or ISO, and go through a manual install process. It's all there, in one place, easy as pie, and ready to move across systems.

Re:why buy WoG through Steam, instead of NOT throu (1)

brkello (642429) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185880)

Because many of their other games are through Steam. So if they get a new system all their games will be on Steam and readily available to download?

32 or 64 bit? (1)

Neil Watson (60859) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185502)

Ut2004 runs find with some 32bit helper libraries on a 64 bit machine. Enemy Territory and Quake Wars both do not (for me).

Re:32 or 64 bit? (3, Informative)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185552)

They both run fine for me under 64-bit Ubuntu.

DRM (-1, Troll)

emkyooess (1551693) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185512)

"Yay, DRM coming to Linux!" say the Steam apologists.

Re:DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185686)

Then hack away captain bringdown. Show us your stuff and how awsum yous ares

Re:DRM (2, Insightful)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185704)

What exactly does Steam have to apologize for? Steam is a practical, high-quality, professional distribution service and Valve is a company committed to its customers. What is there to apologize for? When games were requiring the CD to be in the drive did that also just positively infuriate you? What about when you installed Ultima 7 and had to read off map coordinates, were you going around looking for the map coordinate apologists?

Re:DRM (0, Troll)

brkello (642429) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185864)

He has heard of somewhere at some time in history someone had trouble with Steam. This has turned in to a personal experience for him and will fight against the evil of Steam no matter in what form. It doesn't matter what anyone says to defend Steam, he comes here because he knows that when he bashes DRM he is part of the "cool" crowd and gains a bunch of karma. Anyone who disagrees is instantly labeled an apologist and all their arguments are rendered moot. It is the slightly more mature form of the "lalala sticking fingers in ears" form of debate.

Re:DRM (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185724)

Fine.

1. Go code and market great games for Linux yourself.
2. Sell them with no DRM
3. See how much you profit.

Go ahead, we're all waiting for you to quit your fucking whining and do something.

Re:DRM (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185792)

Just use the other open source piece of software that does what you... oh wait...

Hmm, has open source done anything 'first' in the past few years that have mattered to the consumer? Seems like they're always reinventing the wheel because of their ideals and never first to market with anything...

To quote Darth Vader... (1)

llvllatrix (839969) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185528)

Noooooooooooo...I don't want to be tempted by highly addicting games :(

One fewer reason to run Windows (1)

starglider29a (719559) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185540)

among many ;-)

Source? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185562)

Where is it confirmed by Valve that it's coming to Linux? All I see is this page saying it's true cause they found lots of Linux looking code files. They found Linux server stuff for Steam a few years ago and exclaimed it was coming soon back then too. I'd like to see an official Valve press release or something from the actual developer, not some people saying they found files. Does it look promising with all those files? Yes. Is it official? No.

I am going to vote with my dollars. (1)

will.perdikakis (1074743) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185568)

The minute STEAM is released on Linux, I am going to buy anything I want to replay again.

What? (4, Funny)

Diantre (1791892) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185574)

I can't wait to see the mac users' faces when they are told to enter something in the console :)

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185602)

I have a macbook...and I still play text games in terminal. You know...muds. It's also nice to ssh into my linux box too.

We're not all bad. We just keep quiet so no one associates with those fanboys. *shudder*

Re:What? (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185678)

You MUD from terminal? I used Atlantis and Savitar.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185862)

I used Atlantis for a little while, but it slowed my typing speed. I also don't play hack n' slash. I'm partial to RP intensive stuff requiring various "poses".

I appreciate the info though.

Re:What? (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185662)

On a Mac the console is where you go to view your system logs. Terminal is where you go to run commands.

For me, the last things I ran from there were drutil tray close and drutil tray open.

The drive on my Mac Pro tower sometimes gets uppity and I can only get it to open/close from command line.

Re:What? (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185694)

I can't wait to see the mac users' faces when they are told to enter something in the console :)

Steam requires users to enter something into the console?

Do you think this is the Linux versions or something?

./steam -game tf -command update -dir .

*waits for Team Fortress 2 to install/update*

Dedicated "Steam" Distro of Linux (3, Funny)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185592)

in 3... 2... 1

Soo...... (1)

markass530 (870112) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185642)

We can look forward to a lot hardcore postal fans will be switching to linux?

Re:Soo...... (1)

markass530 (870112) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185722)

yes i am an idiot, and yes I need to start previewing my comments, to correct for out of control grammatical errors.

Painful (5, Informative)

drdaz (994457) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185656)

I'd been looking forward to this for a while now. Having installed I find out that Steam doesn't support case-sensitive file systems.

Color me disappointed.

Their 'solution' is here:

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=8601-RYPX-5789 [steampowered.com]

*Sighs*

Re:Painful (2, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185776)

I'd been looking forward to this for a while now. Having installed I find out that Steam doesn't support case-sensitive file systems.

Oh, that's hilarious.

WTF is the point of porting something to Linux if you expect a case-insensitive filesystem??? Heck, I'm not sure I've ever *seen* a case-insensitive filesystem on any UNIX-like OS.

Too funny.

Re:Painful (1)

drdaz (994457) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185896)

I've hacked my way around it by making a case-insensitive disk image and symlinking all the folders it wants to make into it.

It's a kludgy mess. :-|

Re:Painful (2, Informative)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185956)

um... Mac OSX.... and it's actually a certified Unix whereas Linux is just a unixalike (Ubuntu user here).

Re:Painful (1)

alannon (54117) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185972)

By default, unless you specifically re-format a partition, OSX file systems are case-preserving but insensitive.

My Question (3, Interesting)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185658)

Is will you get access to the Linux binaries if you already have the Win32 version?

Even a discount would be nice I guess.

Re:My Question (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185736)

Is will you get access to the Linux binaries if you already have the Win32 version?

Even a discount would be nice I guess.

<sarcasm>No, they're going to let people who buy the Windows version have the Mac version for free, but not the Linux version (if they really do make one).</sarcasm>

Re:My Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185738)

Well they already setup a "Steamplay" system for the companies that want to sell 1 game and you can play on Mac or PC i would assume this would also apply to linux.

Re:My Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185756)

I hope so, I already have TF2 running under wine, but it's slightly less than optimal, not having to buy it all over again would be awesome

Re:My Question (4, Informative)

slimjim8094 (941042) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185860)

Yes. Just like they're doing for Mac.

Valve doesn't screw their customers.

Re:My Question (0)

Arker (91948) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185938)

Valve doesn't screw their customers.

That certainly wasnt my experience.

Re:My Question (1)

Narishma (822073) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185886)

Since that's how it's done in the Mac version of Steam for the games available so far, I don't see why it would be different for Linux.

Re:My Question (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185912)

Mac users can download all the games they already bought on Windows for free.

MS Buyout (1)

greenskyx (609089) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185690)

Looks like Valve is trying to get bought out by Microsoft.

Wolf! wolf! wolf! (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185692)

Cries phoronix again. It's hardly the first time they've claimed steam is coming to Linux based on some reused cross-platform tools or scripts. There's no official confirmation, there's no certainty that there is a complete Linux version and even if there were it's no certainty that they see a business case for it. For example Telltale recently made Mac versions of their games but there's no Linux version in sight...

Re:Wolf! wolf! wolf! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185766)

Obviously you didn't read what phoronix wrote.

Re:Wolf! wolf! wolf! (1)

danieltdp (1287734) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185994)

Quoting TFA (emphasis mine):

For all those doubting our reports that Source/Steam would be coming to Linux, you can find confirmation in the UK's Telegraph and other news sites. An announcement from Valve itself is imminent.

So, it's not official

Re:Wolf! wolf! wolf! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32185770)

TFA is not from phoronix, they are mentioned as an afterthought.

and my big question is (3, Interesting)

RobertLTux (260313) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185802)

if you have several games on the windows platform will they flip you a pass to the linux versions??

(game publishers dream: having somebody "need" to buy 3 copies of a game (Win/Lin/Mac))

Re:and my big question is (5, Informative)

ninjacheeseburger (1330559) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185952)

The answer is yes amazingly. If you own the game you can play it on any platform that supports it.

TF2 is NOT available today (4, Informative)

slimjim8094 (941042) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185870)

The summary is wrong. Team Fortress 2 will NOT be available today. It'll most likely be out next Wednesday.

In fact, it doesn't even show up in the list of owned games.

I can't help but to notice that its Phoronix again (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185898)

Despite the odd use of the word "official" in the title, this is very much a "read strings in the binary and saw the word 'Linux'" type release. It just means that Valve has been messing around with it, and certainly does not mean that there has been any official announcement from anybody yet. I would like to get my hopes up, but this is pretty much the same story they posted 2 years ago, and I can't help but to notice that nothing materialized from Valve on the Linux front in that time.

Steam. Isn't that a "Walled Garden"? (1, Offtopic)

BlueBoxSW.com (745855) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185906)

Yes, I know I'm being snarky.

A good thing... (1)

drc003 (738548) | more than 4 years ago | (#32185948)

...in my opinion. It will be nice to see Linux get support for top gaming titles. Not only that but in some cases without having to wait weeks or months after the titles initial release. No matter what your thoughts are on Valve and/or Steam I at least think they deserve praise for giving some love to the Linux community.

Client = games? (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#32186002)

Does having a functioning Steam client of a Mac mean all the games will run a Mac or Linux? I found that, even with Windows 7, several games just would not run (even though I more than met the SR's). I like the casual games and the little ones like Build-A-Lot run for a second and then crash. Best $1.99 I ever spent?
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