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Portal Now Available On Linux

timothy posted about a year ago | from the this-may-be-your-thing dept.

Games 115

alancronin writes "Valve have released Portal for Linux through the Steam platform. If you have a copy of the Windows version you will automatically have a copy of it for Linux in your account. There are also rumors of Portal 2 coming soon."

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Finally... (5, Funny)

Stormwatch (703920) | about a year ago | (#43635833)

Linux users now can do cake jokes. [xkcd.com]

Re:Finally... (0)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#43635865)

Linux 2013 = Windows 2007.

But seriously guys, you're in for a great time. It's one of the all time great games, with the most fantastically entertaining end sequences.

Re:Finally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43635897)

You realize that the plan is to have Linux 2013 = Windows 2013 in the near future, right?

Re:Finally... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636127)

You realize that the plan is to have Linux 2013 = Windows 2013 in the near future, right?

Sadly true: Gnome 3 is desperately trying to be a worse UI than Windows 8.

If Linux 2013 = Windows 2007, I'd be quite happy. That was the last Windows UI that didn't try to force some designer's idea of how it should work on you.

Re:Finally... (2)

asola (2778943) | about a year ago | (#43640389)

Ubuntu's Unity and Gnome3 != Linux 2013

There are a set of refined DEs for Linux which provide you with a better than "Windows 2007" desktop experience. KDE is the most prominent of them but MATE and XFCE are also strong contenders.

You get a refined desktop experience with Linux Mint MATE.

Re: Finally... (5, Funny)

binarylarry (1338699) | about a year ago | (#43636469)

Re: Finally... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636697)

Obamapacman.com has nerfed your link. I'm too lazy to try to find whatever it was :)

Re: Finally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636863)

Save and upload to imgur.

Captcha: predate

Re: Finally... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43638167)

You fags can laugh all you want as you continue to eat Windows table scraps... rehashed and refried by Steam.
 
You bitches are jizzing yourselves over a handful of games that most of us had completed in 2007. If it wasn't so pathetic I'd actually laugh.
 
But don't worry... it's the year of Linux on the desktop. LOLzzz!!

Re: Finally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43638519)

Are you aware that a large number of people are only keeping a windows install on their computers so that they can reboot from Linux whenever they want play a game? We are just happy that Valve is porting more and more games to linux, because the more they do, the more it indicates that they might really be releasing a Linux Steam console, which is the real reason we are all excited by this turn of event. If that happens, that probably would make Valve ask the major developers to systematically port their games to Linux. Which is why we care about all this. If you did not understand that, then you must not be very smart.

For your info, most of us completed those games in 2007 too, because, you know, we have money, we're tech savvier than most and consequently we know how to setup a dual boot system. If you think that's a difficult thing to do, it's not. You might even be surprised to know that many games run fine on linux using Wine (sometimes even faster than on windows).

Re: Finally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43641199)

Linfags love to parrot this around, but everyone knows you dual boot and use Windows for games, work, etc. and you use linux to tinker and waste your time.

Re:Finally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636071)

Well, depends on your measured property.

In terms of efficiency, having a proper shell, proper logging, support for mobile/supercomputer/... hardware, a proper bug tracker (like Bugzilla), or finally having a damn package manager Windows could never keep up, and looking at its current state probably never will.

And don't even get me started about configurability (includes: being open-source) and the ability to directly communicate with the person who wrote the code you just used.

Also, it isn't Linux's fault that cowardly game developers were too incompetent to write their games in a proper professional cross-platform way, and that instead they are most known for how hackish and cobbled-together their shitty code usually is. (Try using any newly released game without falling over hair-raising bugs. [And if you read developer blogs, you'll soon notice that that's only the tip of the iceberg.)
POSIX, OpenGL, OpenAL, SDL, you name it. It was all there from the moment when it was created.

Re:Finally... (1)

JonySuede (1908576) | about a year ago | (#43636191)

linux is not POSIX certified, the nt POSIX subsystem was at some point

Re:Finally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636495)

Which just demonstrates how worthlessly "cross-platform" POSIX really is.

Re:Finally... (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#43637653)

Really? I target POSIX specifically because of its cross platform consistency.

Linux is the only OS I know of that isn't POSIX compliant, so I think you're just a bit confused.

Re:Finally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43638209)

Wow. Just wow. The POSIX standards were ruling computing on all levels while you were still shitting your drawers....
 
This kind of fucked up bullshit is what fanboism leads to. I can't believe the number of desktop and smartphone jocks who think they understand computing because they can compile a kernel or root a phone. You may (may) be good enough for the Geek Squad but your future in real cutting edge technology is already marked by your flippant attitude towards the deeper aspects of how things really work.

Re:Finally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43638587)

,,, when it's shoehorned into a kernel that was never meant to handle it as an afterthought to market to PHB types.

POSIX certification costs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636971)

And NT only got a subset and that version isn't one you could get off the shelf, pre-installed.

Re:Finally... (1)

Richard Steiner (1585) | about a year ago | (#43638317)

You must be new. Cerfification does not imply functional. :(

Re:Finally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636471)

or finally having a damn package manager Windows could never keep up

Also, it isn't Linux's fault that cowardly game developers were too incompetent to write their games in a proper professional cross-platform way

Should they use apt or rpm? Should they link against ubuntu, suse or debian versions of the libraries? The steam installer for debian for example has to pull quite a few libraries from the ubuntu repos since the debian versions are either incompatible or do not exist.

POSIX, OpenGL, OpenAL, SDL, you name it.

So the windows posix subsystem still exists and is not slow as hell (or why does cygwin fork suck)? AMD/ATI having a linux driver that does not suck (being open source is no excuse)? Weren't OSS, PulseAudio and Alsa involved in some kind of deathmatch behind the scenes? The technologies you mention might be cross platform, however the platform specific implementations made them almost unuseable on quite a few target systems during a large part of linuxs existance.

He never said Windows should use RPM or whatever (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636991)

Merely pointed out that the package management on Linux is ahead of Windows, always was and is currently apparently accelerating away.

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO with whether Microsoft should use RPMs or whatever. They can make their own damn package manager that works as well as any of the ones on windows.

Do you "come back" to someone saying US cars are badly made compared to foreign ones with "So should they use Toyota engine blocks or BMW ones"?

"So the windows posix subsystem still exists and is not slow as hell (or why does cygwin fork suck)?"

Because windows fork() calls suck.

"AMD/ATI having a linux driver that does not suck (being open source is no excuse)?"

Their Windows driver sucks too. Being closed source is no excuse.

"Weren't OSS, PulseAudio and Alsa involved in some kind of deathmatch behind the scenes?"

What about DirectSound/EAX/Protected Path involved in some kind of deathmatch behind the scenes? And didn't a lot of games, especially when DirectSound got shitcanned in WinVista, use OpenAL?

Re: Finally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43638413)

why not just install.run?

or should we turn it into a distro war? the packaged and the packaged-not. Do I need some super optimized build for some reason?

Re:Finally... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636091)

The door to the inside of your rancid asshole may seem to be an insurmountable foe to my fetid penis, but despite the odds, my cock will indeed break any barrier and slay any foe to get to the deepest reaches of your rectum. What say you?

Re:Finally... (1)

alhirzel (1648195) | about a year ago | (#43636183)

"What the fuck?"

Re:Finally... (1)

Hes Nikke (237581) | about a year ago | (#43639531)

It felt like a long series of tutorials and the entertaining end sequences were just the start of the actual game. and then it ended. I like the direction that portal 2 took the story though.

Re:Finally... (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#43640225)

Well it's tutorials all the way till you escape from the shiny areas and get into the service tunnels. Then it's purely using what you've learned. But the tutorials themselves are fun.

Re:Finally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43635881)

Linux users now can do cake jokes. [xkcd.com]

That's a lie!

Isn't it?

Re:Finally... (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | about a year ago | (#43636519)

"early 2013"

Slightly off the mark (it's about half-way through 2013 now) but still, nice.

Re:Finally... (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#43636759)

Linux users now can do cake jokes. [xkcd.com]

Hah. The guy in the chair is so me. It was beginning of 2013 when I completed Portal 1 (last year: GTA4). But seriously, if you're a Linux dude and haven't tasted the cake yet, support Valve and get Portal soon, it's an excellent game.

So Jealous! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43635871)

I wish I could get my games 6 years after everyone else!

Re:So Jealous! (3, Interesting)

duguk (589689) | about a year ago | (#43635885)

The thing I found weird about this, is I've been running Portal in Wine for ages, and it seems to run better than it does under Windows!

Re:So Jealous! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43635935)

Shhh, don't say this too loud, you might hurt some Windows' users' feelings.

Re:So Jealous! (2)

duguk (589689) | about a year ago | (#43636319)

Thanks :) Going by the other replies, it seems like I already have...

Re:So Jealous! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43635947)

yes but your a fag

Re:So Jealous! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636001)

This.

Re:So Jealous! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636043)

What about my a fag?

Re: So Jealous! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636051)

Tired of this, Wine's DirextX implementation has historically not been feature complete with the official version, and whole functions had stub routines that did nothing.

That's your performing better on Linux, it was just from quickly hacking together bare minimum approximation of DX functionality.

Re: So Jealous! (2)

Bert64 (520050) | about a year ago | (#43636123)

And yet if the game looks the same and plays the same, then what were those functions even being used for in the first place?

Re: So Jealous! (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636181)

And yet if the game looks the same and plays the same, then what were those functions even being used for in the first place?

They were the delay loops Microsoft put in to ensure the Xbox ran faster on slower hardware.

Less sarcastically, it's hard to not produce a feature-complete Direct3D now because most of the work is done with shaders. To emulate it, you have to take the DirectX shaders and convert them to OpenGL shaders, and everything should look the same. This is probably why Wine's implementation of new Direct3D versions seems to run more games than the older versions with lots of fixed-function APIs.

Re: So Jealous! (1)

SAXAHOID (2912271) | about a year ago | (#43636137)

Well, if I can not differ the feature complete version and the "bare minimum approximation" by eye, then I think of it as of complete version. Especially if it runs faster. What if I do not have money to upgrade or just do not want to do it? Is there an option in official DX to enable such bare minimum approximation and make system requirements less demanding?

Did not try Portal in wine so my opinion is based on the virtually same "runs faster" situation with Audiosurf.

However, its DirectX implementation was faster. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43637011)

And most of the features of DX aren't used any more (deprecated or just not used). Hence not in there.

Re:So Jealous! (0)

JakeBurn (2731457) | about a year ago | (#43636269)

lol wtf kind of bootleg computer have you put together that doesn't already run portal, at max settings, at an fps faster than your monitor can refresh? Or does 'run better' mean you just feel better inside somehow?

Re:So Jealous! (1)

duguk (589689) | about a year ago | (#43636307)

It runs better under Linux, i.e. at a higher framerate. Sorry for not clarifying that.

Re:So Jealous! (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#43637689)

And his statement was ... WTF kind of computer do you have that can't run Portal at your monitor refresh rate? Faster than your monitor refresh rate is dumb for Portal. If you're getting faster than refresh rate it probably means its not doing vsync in which case, it doesn't look the same.

Re:So Jealous! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43638541)

His post never implied that his computer was not able to run Portal. He just pointed out the fact that the same program running on wine on top of the linux kernel, runs faster than when it is run on the windows system. A factual statement that apparently makes a lot of people angry today.

Re:So Jealous! (1)

duguk (589689) | about a year ago | (#43638615)

This was a few years ago now, and was an AMD Athlon 64, so I was getting less than my screen refresh rate under Windows XP. Not all of us run gaming hardware!

Left4dead 2 (beta) also (2)

symbolset (646467) | about a year ago | (#43636139)

Left4dead 2 (beta) [forbes.com] is also in there. That's a new game.

Re:Left4dead 2 (beta) also (1)

natex84 (706770) | about a year ago | (#43636765)

It's ~3.5 years old.

Re:Left4dead 2 (beta) also (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43639487)

It's ~3.5 years old.

Hey! That's fresh out of the gate in Valve time!

  What's their release schedule for Half Life games again? Every eight years or so?

Re:Left4dead 2 (beta) also (1)

rwa2 (4391) | about a year ago | (#43639947)

Ironically, L4D was pretty much the game that got me running Windows on my main graphics PC :-P

Portal and debian wheezy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43635873)

Up next: HURD!

Is this a hoax? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43635883)

I saw this article and fired up Steam on my Linux box. There isn't any sign of a Linux-friendly version of Portal. Even following the link in the linked article shows Portal as available for Windows and Mac only.

Re:Is this a hoax? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636023)

That's because the version available is only "beta" but you must already own it to play it. While the steam store says that only Windows and Mac are available, that's only because they're "officially supported," as it were.

Valve is a single entity, not a plurality.. (-1, Troll)

SnowDeath (157414) | about a year ago | (#43635887)

Valve is a single entity, not a plurality...Jane, you ignorant slut!

Re:Valve is a single entity, not a plurality.. (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43635907)

In British English company names are considered collective nouns, and given that Timothy is British there does not appear to be any error here. For once.

Re:Valve is a single entity, not a plurality.. (-1, Flamebait)

SnowDeath (157414) | about a year ago | (#43636009)

So you believe proper English speakers should speak in cockney slang? I don't care what the common, profane speech might dictate; I only care what is correct.

Re:Valve is a single entity, not a plurality.. (1, Insightful)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#43636047)

So you believe proper English speakers should speak in cockney slang? I don't care what the common, profane speech might dictate; I only care what is correct.

It's not slang, it's standard English. And the name of the language is a clue as to who gets to say what's what.

You can do whatever you like with the American fork of the language though. Feel free. So long as you don't claim it's genuine English.

Re:Valve is a single entity, not a plurality.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636475)

Either treating it as a singular or plural is correct, provided that you have subject verb agreement and do it consistently through out the article.

Re:Valve is a single entity, not a plurality.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636063)

And yet here you are arguing against one such correct usage.

Re:Valve is a single entity, not a plurality.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636107)

English evolves, just like every other language. What is correct now will seem laughably archaic in 50 years. Suck it up, and accept that many of the "accepted rules of English" will change within your lifetime.

Re:Valve is a single entity, not a plurality.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636249)

Unfortunately nobody cares about your very own delusional personal definition of "correct". You can define "horses" to mean "banana" all you want, but If you want to communicate with the rest of the world, you have to communicate using words that your audience understands and understands to have the same meaning too.

Alternatively, you can of course go back to your dark and cold basement and hug your computer.

Re:Valve is a single entity, not a plurality.. (1)

chilvence (1210312) | about a year ago | (#43638177)

Valve are considered a team of people, so they go in the same bracket as 'they have'. Also, English has no umbrella regulating body, it simply follows general consensus. Occasionally, people with OCD feel that they are doing the language a service by pointing out the real or imagined mistakes of others loudly and publicly while insulting the intelligence of their target with vulgar language. The rest of us who care notice anyway but do not feel the need to be a total prick about it. What you are going around doing is the literary equivalent of "AHAHAHA LOOK this fucking douchebag doesn't know how to tie shoelaces!". I hope you feel proud of your valiant effort to preserve the English language exactly as you found it. If you could just please re-introduce the u when you spell colour, and use ise instead of ize, that would be lovely.

Re:Valve is a single entity, not a plurality.. (4, Funny)

newcastlejon (1483695) | about a year ago | (#43636317)

...there does not appear to be any error here. For once.

The night is young.

Portal 1 is out but not Portal 2 (5, Interesting)

liamdawe (2492806) | about a year ago | (#43635895)

Since Phoronix claimed originally it was both just to clear it up only Portal 1 is out for Linux, there are no hints about Portal 2 despite this article stating it and linking to a source for Portal 2 (the source of that info is an idiot). Daily linux gaming news can be found on www.gamingonlinux.com [gamingonlinux.com] by the way :) where we actually check facts properly ;)

Re:Portal 1 is out but not Portal 2 (2)

cstdenis (1118589) | about a year ago | (#43636719)

Source engine has been ported so they are very likely to eventually port all the games that use it.

Re:Portal 1 is out but not Portal 2 (1)

phorm (591458) | about a year ago | (#43637923)

Left 4 Dead 2 is still a favorite at many of the LAN events I attend.
If that one gets ported, it will probably do well for moving some users over to 'nix.

For my part, it'll be installed in the PXE-boot gaming platform that I've got at my place.

Finally, 2007 is here! (-1, Troll)

MrEricSir (398214) | about a year ago | (#43636021)

You mean I can now play a six year old game on Linux? Wow, that's a totally worthy of a headline. As open source types, we should not only be thankful for the meager scraps being thrown our way, but treat them as though they were earth shattering advances.

Re:Finally, 2007 is here! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636115)

You mean I can now play a six year old game on Linux?

No, you could play it in Linux six years ago through Wine (just like, say, Half-Life 2, Left For Dead and L4D2). Now you can play it native, if you prefer that option.

Re:Finally, 2007 is here! (2)

TrollstonButterbeans (2914995) | about a year ago | (#43636253)

Don't you think as they keep porting they'll get back and faster at it? And use the experience for future games?

I do not believe you are reading between the lines.

What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636261)

A major gaming company ports one of the most popular games of all time to native Linux, and it's not worthy of a headline on Slashdot to you? Would you rather someone ported some more modern, crappier game like Warfighter instead?

Re:What? (1)

zakkudo (2638939) | about a year ago | (#43636769)

Portal being ported is a sign of bigger things to come and a general change in how Linux is viewed. Some people prefer to see the forest for the tree just so they can crap in everyone elses cornflakes. You just have to ignore them.

Re:Finally, 2007 is here! (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#43639481)

It's news because if Portal is here now then Portal 2 is probably just a hop, skip, and jump away (even though there is no Portal 2 news yet.) You act like a slashdot headline is a big thing. It isn't. It's just what nerds are talking about, maybe.

Yes!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636061)

I was getting a bit bored of Tux Racer, so this is great news!

Re:Yes!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43637297)

tux racer? What's that? Gaming? What's all the fuss about? I've got farmville, yahoo games and what not to play so why is everybody so damn impressed? Hell I've been playing games on my box since Win95 so why is everybody so hep?

Seriously my primary game is Guild Wars and it's even got an entry on the GW Wiki about running it in Wine. Pretty damn nice. Now all I have to do is figure out what I screwed up on the version that's supposed to run it.

Don't clean your cake knife just yet. (1)

Narcocide (102829) | about a year ago | (#43636103)

"Released" is a bit strong a term; the port is still marked "beta."

Re:Don't clean your cake knife just yet. (1)

TuxThePenguin2205 (1031140) | about a year ago | (#43636709)

I played it through over the last couple of days and haven't encountered any problems with it. Now for some L4D2 :-)

Steambox should ship with free games (1)

BenJeremy (181303) | about a year ago | (#43636171)

Valve should consider Portal and Portal 2 along with a few other AAA titles to give away with SteamBox. That would give gamers an incentive for giving it a shot.

Re:Steambox should ship with free games (1)

KZigurs (638781) | about a year ago | (#43636465)

What portion of the target market already has these games, have played through them repeatedly and knows every single hook and nook by heart?

Re:Steambox should ship with free games (1)

BenJeremy (181303) | about a year ago | (#43636559)

Exactly why to provide these titles, and some... besides, existing Steam aren't the primary "target market" - console gamers are. Steam users will see the benefit without a prod of free games, but you need to hook console gamers.

Not just the Portal games, of course, at least one or two other AAA titles, and maybe some smaller, indie titles.

The purpose of the steambox is to GROW their market, not provide existing users another way to play Steam games.

Re:Steambox should ship with free games (2)

bloodhawk (813939) | about a year ago | (#43637063)

Console gamers are a fussy bunch. Giving them 6 year old games for free is unlikely to be much of an incentive, live and PSN already give them access to cheap or free games, they all look forward to their next Mario, Zelda, Halo, Gears of War, God of War, Uncharted etc. Unless Steam can entice them with something new that competes for their fanboi love I think Steambox will fail miserably at appealing to a new audience, it is going to have to rely on existing Steam fans.

Excellent news :D (1)

popoutman (189497) | about a year ago | (#43636371)

Excellent news - more and more reasons to stay in Ubuntu and less and less reasons to boot to Win7. Hats off to the devs that have ported this. Does this mean that we can expect HL2 etc to follow shortly, given it's the same engine?

Re:Excellent news :D (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#43636733)

Does this mean that we can expect HL2 etc to follow shortly, given it's the same engine?

Yes.

How has it not yet been posted? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636751)

I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS

Look, still can't use it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43636957)

Whilst you are insisting, Valve, that an agreement to an EULA really is an agreement, rather than a load of bollocks, I can't agree to your terms and conditions.

If I can't agree to your terms and conditions, I can't use Steam.

If I can't use Steam, I can't use the games that are Steam only.

If I can't use Steam games, why the hell do you think porting the program (as opposed to CHANGING YOUR FUCKING EULA) is going to make anything different?

Re:Look, still can't use it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43637121)

Because that was the limitation on their end for anyone trying to play their games on Linux. What remains is your problem, not theirs.

So it's not their problem if they don't sell stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43637161)

So it's not their problem if they don't sell stuff? And if this is true, then piracy (other people not buying the stuff they're selling) cannot be any more of a problem.

Right?

(PS: There are other things I can do other than play games on the PC, so not playing games I'm interested in (but not that interested) isnt my problem either, is it)

Re:Look, still can't use it. (0)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#43637717)

No one cares about your silly political ideals.

They're all over it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43638391)

Look at your post, for example.

But also if my political point was "pirate the games", then they not only care a great deal but are butt-fucking over every paying customer to appear (and it is ONLY "appear") to do something about it.

Advertising: spending a lot of money to get people to want to buy their product. Apparently they DO care about someone's "political point" over what they do to choose purchases.

Seems the only one clueless about the opinions of customers and how they matter to business is you, troll-child.

Whiner (1)

puddingebola (2036796) | about a year ago | (#43636959)

I'm going to be a crybaby and point out OpenGL won't play my Portal copy on Steam with my crappy Intel GMA 950 graphics in Ubuntu 12.04. Mod me down. Using the worst in computer hardware since 1997.

Re:Whiner (1)

Blaskowicz (634489) | about a year ago | (#43637255)

My 7600GT is good enough for me (almost, it's maybe badly cooled) but not for Source games even though it has recent drivers, is the tech found in the PS3 and ran Left4Dead fast enough under Windows.

Re:Whiner (1)

Blaskowicz (634489) | about a year ago | (#43637309)

It's actually a bad issue, you can buy games on Steam without any notice as whether you will be able to run them.
My card supports OpenGL 2.1 and was made by the best OpenGL vendor so I thought it would do the job, until you try to run the game and it say bullshit about gl_pixelcolorbitmaps or some shit like that.

Re:Whiner (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43638565)

Pretty much, wasnt' the GMA 950 designed to handle openGL 1.1 in hardware?

Plays Well (1)

jaminJay (1198469) | about a year ago | (#43637023)

Looks the same, plays the same, but a little lag when PackageKit ran. Interesting that GNOME Shell notifications appear over the game. Can't wait for Portal 2 to be released so I can finally try two-player (I only have one machine that has a Windows install capable of running it).

russian is second most popular language (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43637531)

why russian, not chinese?

You asked for it! (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#43641117)

Because in Soviet Russia, everything made in China!

I don't mean to be a cynical bastard but (1)

AbRASiON (589899) | about a year ago | (#43638045)

Great of Valve to release Steam for linux and to port their games - but bloody surprising all the Steam engine, Valve made games weren't ALL read at the actual time of launch of the product. I'm sure it's not a 5 minute task to port their engine - but once they did so, one would've thought the other products would be, somewhat trivial.

Good work but not a flying start for what some speculate may be Valves long term future.

Re:I don't mean to be a cynical bastard but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43639573)

Mac users have been saying the same thing for years. For example, we got Half-Life 1 on the same day that you got it on linux. Still no DOTA 2 for OS X. Nor Half-Life source.

Nice (2, Interesting)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year ago | (#43638055)

Let me know when there's a DRM free version; preferably FOSS.

Re:Nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43639251)

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