Steam for Linux now available

Valve releases free client download for new operating system; more than 50 titles on sale for one week to mark occasion.

After a multi-month beta-testing period, Valve today released the official Steam for Linux client. The client is now available to download for free through the Ubunto Software Center.

To mark the occasion, Valve has discounted more than 50 Linux titles by as much as 75 percent for one week until February 21. Featured titles include World of Goo ($2.50), Counter-Strike: Source ($5), and FTL: Faster Than Light ($5).

In addition, those who purchase and play Team Fortress 2 on Linux by March 1 will receive a free in-game item: a penguin named "Tux," which can be traded between players.

Steam for Linux also includes support for Big Picture mode, which allows users to browse, purchase, and play Steam titles through their TVs. More information about Steam for Linux is available at Valve's special community page.

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AlexKidd5000
AlexKidd5000

Linux Mint is far better than Ubuntu people. And far easier to use as well. Linux Mint 15 will be out soon, and will be even better. 

Lestat_jio
Lestat_jio

Ubuntu is incrediblly powerfull, but incredibly incomplete, is like having the pieces and you have to put it together,  but also doing a lot of research, a lot of getting packages and software, drivers, trial an error... it can become a complete mess! if linux can be improved to play videogames it will become something amazing, but unfortunelly, this will take even years...


Aggravatorx
Aggravatorx

wait for ubuntu 13.04 in april suppose to be optimized for gaming wait and see im a windows user and im waiting to jump ship but Ubuntu need to just  read the users system and have it optimized for you.like cfx/sli do not feel like editing command  lines  when Ubuntu can do this automatically then maybe they can compete with windows.Steam is a great start but in my opion not enough to leave windows just yet.

watergoat
watergoat

I don't really like Ubuntu very much, but I respect that they want to support more than just Windows and Mac users, and I wish them the best.   However, if they make a console that boots Ubuntu, but goes straight into big picture mode (so it just feels like a game console) and has all the major developers supporting it, then I would be very interested (especially if it doesn't require Xbox Live--I don't get why I have to pay to play online when PS3, Wii-U, and PC doesn't have to).

NetBiosError
NetBiosError

Glad there's at least an alternative now. However, as part of my Computer Science education, five years of experience with Linux have left me concluding that it's still incomplete at best. Because of disparate software packages and distributions stitched together by groups working with free time, the desktop experience lags significantly behind offerings from the paid options in Windows and OSX. Now, that's a given, but it must act as a warning to those beginners flocking to Linux for a free fix for gaming: It's not as easy as you think. Command line education is required, because at SOME point you will need it, and various small niggles and bits whose solutions are taken for granted in Windows still haven't been solved on Linux. If you've been using computers for a time, dive right in. But don't expect it to be the shining city on the hill if you're brand new.

darkone778
darkone778

Hey Mr. Proofreader of articles for Gamespot. It is Ubuntu not Ubunto... I mean really... You can tell CBS now own Gamespot. First Cnet required to pull a best of CES choice, and now blatantly wrong spelling in a article link.. Oh can Gamespot go back to the 2006 version?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Great about the sales, too bad I don't want any of them, but I like the option of playing games on something other than Windows even if there is not a huge demand for it.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

Anyone else imagining a penguin named Tux turning a Valve to activate a Steam powered catapult to launch rocks at Windows in an attempt to break them? I actually find it amusing in a good way. Keep on fighting for what you truly believe in. I'll keep on looking for alternatives to use over MS software for Windows 7 until ReactOS becomes stable.

HyabusaRyu
HyabusaRyu

am gonna re-download tf2 just to get that damn penguin :D

HyabusaRyu
HyabusaRyu

"In addition, those who purchase and play Team Fortress 2 on Linux by March 1 will receive a free in-game item" tf2 is free to play, i think u should edit that !

Lausanna
Lausanna

Hmmm looks like I might be giving Linux a go soon.


alex-willoz
alex-willoz

Personally I feel that Linux should be the OS for gaming. I do prefer Linux based operating systems and are forced to have windows in order to play games. 


The fact that they are free and much of the software on them is free too makes it a no brainer if not an added bonus.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

I'am really looking forward to ditch Windows in favor of Linux thanks to M$.But will Linux get the ports of Windows exclusives?

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Very nice, especially when you consider that about 40 of these games currently on sale are actually very good ones too.

Too bad I already own all of them, but at least I can now start gifting game presents to my Linux exclusive buddies too.

Good move, Valve, keep it up and Windows as gaming OS will soon be a thing of the past.
Now if developers can get on board too and use OpenGL and OpenAL instead of DirectX, they're pretty much already (for the most part) cross platform compatible and can release on Windoes as well as natively on Linux with little extra effort.

Kjranu
Kjranu

Steam Global Domination

baxwam
baxwam

Linux is gonna be the OS for pc gaming unless Microsoft stop trying to be like apple.

johnluke728
johnluke728

I know news articles are going to have typos, but completely misspelling Ubuntu in the ONE instance it's mentioned in this article?

ALL my facepalms, man! INSTANT HARDCORE GEEK RAGE RAOOOARRR!!!!!! *bricked*

Jebril
Jebril

For anyone new to Linux interested in trying it out I actually would suggest Linux Mint over Ubuntu, Ubuntu is the only Linux distro that's using that Unity interface (the bar on the side like that), Linux Mint would be a lot more familiar to Windows users in terms of interface and it comes preloaded with all the codecs, it's very noob friendly and a really good looking OS that's fast. I think more people will walk away with a better impression from Linux Mint than Ubuntu.

nate1222
nate1222

Some of the games I own off Steam are on that Linux sale list. Some of'em, I own via GOG and the "GOG-mixes" tell which ones are Linux compatible and whether it requires Wine or not.

sykopat99
sykopat99

This is great news for any PC-gamer regardless of platform of choice! :D

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

Valve seems to be all over the place nowadays.

I'm quite interested in their future and will gladly follow them.

alex-willoz
alex-willoz

Horray. Now running off Linux again. Can now do more than just work on Ubuntu.... Just waiting for more games now :P


I am glad that companies like intoversion software are building games for multiple platforms

moncealyo
moncealyo

I'm going to run on linux bitches!!!

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

So Im thinking of install Ubunto on my PC, Ill still keep my windows, Im wondering though if any games I already own on Steam for windows that are available for Steam on Linux I will have to rebuy....

WarGod667
WarGod667

@Lestat_jio the philosophy about the linux/gnu combo is great in theory, it's just not working in the real world. So just no. Fuck compiling my drivers and kernel modifying for mounting mu harddrives, modprobing s**t here, writing my own config files for whatever trivial, there. My OS should be working out of the box, and if i want to, i'll chose which programs i want to use and tinker with, I shouldn't have to do that for basic functionality changes to the OS. Ubuntu _LOOKS_ like windows in that respect but if you're not satisfied with the choices that was pre-made and try to change anything, its all the hard way and that's simply not working, and too time consuming. STILL hate the whole xserver/xorg aspect, it's just not working, shitty way of implementing input and screen. 

overhang
overhang

@MatrixGamer78 Man, did you joined Gamespot just to show the world how stupid you are? You came in 20 days ago and this is probably the 5th or 6th page where the stupidest post is yours.

Go back to the cave you were hidding before.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

@MatrixGamer78 You have to start somewhere......I'm hoping Linux support becomes just as big as Windows for gaming.

WarGod667
WarGod667

@alex-willoz bullshit, you prefere the theory, but try doing ANYTHING and you'll quickly return if you know ur way around windows already. Try it, I dare you to modprobe shit here, compile this there and deal with xorg for basic GUI functionality. 

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@CaptainSofa It is is you grew tired of Windows years ago, but still want to game on the PC.

INF1DEL
INF1DEL

@johnluke728 As soon an I saw that I skipped to the comments hoping to see people giving Eddie shit for it. :D

Annonith
Annonith

@Jebril I agree, but Ubuntu have much bigger history behind it, and much bigger userbase - therefore it's easier to find solution to your problem, or tutorials for Ubuntu. Yes, I know Mint pretty much is Ubuntu and everything will work the same, but most new users won't know that. IMO Mint is a good step forward after you get some basic Linux knowledge from Ubuntu.

nate1222
nate1222

@jedediahpelland It will.

I currently use Windows 7. But, alot of my Steam (and even GOG and Gamersgate) games have Mac and Linux versions. And the Mac and Linux versions are available for download off your Steam library the moment you purchased them in their Windows format.

GOG doesn't list any games under Linux, but a good deal of their games run on Linux. Some natively, some via Wine. The "GOG-mixes" lists have'em listed, as well as whether it requires Wine or not.

sephsplace
sephsplace

@jedediahpelland if you own the game, you own the game, no matter the platform... that is steams way 


-edit- encase that was hard to understand, if you own it on steam, you own it on all platforms that game supports

Lestat_jio
Lestat_jio

@WarGod667 @Lestat_jio you are right, its like having tools and wood, and you can make the best chair ever... but it will take youre whole life to do it, i like to config my stuff, but having a OS working out of box for PC is almost impossible, in mac is easy because they share all the hardware and is the same OS working for the same components. in Pc there is a lot of posibilities and that my friend, gives the INDIVIDUALITY witch is lost in Apple machines


wexorian
wexorian

@2bitSmOkEy @MatrixGamer78  just ignore him, He's PC hater or Just don't undrestand how linux works,  Hey matrix Did you know that Linux don't use Direct x because  microsoft owns it? that's why there are not much games yet, and valve try to Bring games to linux coz  and they are doing good job.

AlexKidd5000
AlexKidd5000

@Annonith @Jebril I started off using Ubuntu, and learned alot about it, than swiched to Linux Mint, and I like that better. Mint is more stable than Ubuntu, and even easier to use. Still much to learn though.

WarGod667
WarGod667

@Lestat_jio @WarGod667 well, i don't care about individuality, im not an american, i'd like something that works, which is hard to come by these days, just look at android, man, dont take me there :(