PC gaming comes to Ubuntu Linux with Steam client release

PC gaming comes to Ubuntu Linux with Steam client release

Summary: No longer a pipe-dream or a beta, the Steam gaming client is now available for Ubuntu. What was that about there not being any games for Linux?

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Since the dawn of the Linux penguin there has been one constant user compliant: "Linux won't run my games!" Those days are now over. Today, February 14th, the Steam gaming client for Ubuntu Linux has arrived.

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Big-time PC gaming is now available on Ubuntu thanks to Canonical & Steam.

According to the Canonical blog, "users can now install the Steam Client with a few simple clicks in our Software Center, the fastest and safest way to install thousands of paid and free applications on Ubuntu. Canonical and Valve have worked closely together to make Ubuntu the best performing open platform for gaming and now the ultimate entertainment platform is fully supported."

If that wasn't big enough news for gamers, Steam is also putting every Ubuntu-enabled title on sale for 50-75% off until Monday, February 21 at 10:00am PST. Their initial game offering consists of 60 games including such popular titles as Half-Life, Counter-Strike and the free to play Team Fortress 2. For hardcore Linux fans, "as a launch giveaway and for the hardcore gamers who need every item in Team Fortress, for a limited time when you play Team Fortress 2 on Ubuntu you will get a Tux penguin item to keep or trade."

Valve Software has been working on bringing its Steam game engine to Ubuntu Linux since last summer. Eventually, Steam is expected to bring their own Ubuntu-Linux powered gaming console to market. This is expected to compete with other gaming consoles such as the Xbox, PS/3, and Wii.

Valve decided to bring Steam to the Ubuntu Linux distribution first because "working with a single distribution is critical when you are experimenting, as we are. It reduces the variability of the testing space and makes early iteration easier and faster. Secondly, Ubuntu is a popular distribution and has recognition with the general gaming and developer communities. This doesn’t mean that Ubuntu will be the only distribution we support. Based on the success of our efforts around Ubuntu, we will look at supporting other distributions in the future.”

At the same time, don't look for many more Steam-powered games on Windows 8. Valve president and co-founder, Gabe Newell, recently said, "Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space."

In a statement, Valve said, "We welcome all the new Steam users who can now upgrade to Ubuntu. Steam Big Picture running on your Ubuntu computer connected to the living room TV is a great way to experience the future today. Canonical looks forward to the steady progress of games from all our partners on Ubuntu on the desktop and soon on the Ubuntu phone and tablet in due course."

The client, and the games are indeed available now. When you first download the client, you'll get a notice about a beta-installer, but just continue on. In addition, before you can play any game you'll need to download and install the latest version of Adobe Flash. Once this is done, you'll be ready to play.

Enjoy!

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  • PC gaming comes to Ubuntu Linux with Steam client release

    Waste of time and effort from Valve and they just killed their own business. With only less than 1% marketshare of linux plus your article on how the linux desktop is dead I can't see any reason why Valve would go this route. Expect a huge decline in sales from them especially since they are not supporting Microsoft Windows 8 where all the code is practically done for them. No, instead they chose linux where you must compile the code yourself and wish upon a star that it actually works. Then there is the sound issue where it will only play one sound at a time. 4 words for linux users: Worst. Gaming. Experience. Ever.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • Steam is a closed-system joke

      No one enjoys steam in the PC gaming arena. Funny to see the "open" platform embracing such closed joker so called gaming platform.
      LBiege
      • Not sure where you get that

        Most of my gamer buds play steam games regularly, several of whom were looking forward to this release.
        trumanp@...
      • You must not play PC games much.

        I use steam daily and it could not be easier to purchase and play games via the Steam framework i bought borderlands 2 the other day because steam offered it 50% off! I picked up Arma 2 to play the DayZ mod at half off as well and made some gamer friends.
        ammohunt
      • Jealous Windoze fanbuis

        Still deathly scared of that 1% - lol...

        The biggest, most powerful 1% in the whole wide western world.

        The 1% that occupies the most space in their tiny 1% minds.

        The 1% that brings them to their knees with the idiot savant Lovey Dovey as proof of that.
        CaviarGreen
        • Lovey

          Oh, I wouldn't call him a savant...that would mean he's good at something, and he's not...
          AmraLeo
    • I'm too cheap to buy Windows, Lovey.

      So, make Windows 7 free to download or I'll stay with Kubuntu.

      Ah, ha! I thought so! :)

      Windows does not have to be open sourced, but having Windows for free would be nice. Besides, I'm not paying for Windows.
      Grayson Peddie
      • Yes, you are paying for Windows.

        Every time you buy a PC you have to buy Windows. OBEY.
        james.vandamme
        • Not if you build your own

          Most of the real gamers out there rarely buy an off the shelf PC. They normally buy all the bits and assemble them on their own. I know I still do, and I don't buy a windows license unless I need to build a windows box somewhere along the line. Most of the time I use a linux distro, and this way avoid the Windows Tax, along with knowing that all the components are current tech and quality built.
          trumanp@...
        • Huh?

          You don't think the cost of the license to use Windows is not factored into the cost of the new PC? Really? (If you believe that, you are a special kind of st00pid)

          While it doesn't cost as much as you going out and buying an individual Windows license, it's still a cost factored in. Or do you think the OEMs give the Windows license out of the goodness of their hearts?
          benched42
          • paranoid Nut Cases, UNITE

            So, Windows is factored into every PC sold, no matter if you buy it in parts or not? Then why, when Dell sells a PC, is a Linux PC cheaper than the cost of a Windows license? No reason, unless of course you aren't paying for Windows.

            And if you buy the parts and build your own, just how is MS supposed to force a license in that arena?

            Well, if you are a paranoid nut case, you'll find a way to claim MS can force Windows sales when people build their own, but you are a paranoid nut case.
            Cynical99
          • Huh?

            He didn't say you have to pay Microsoft even if you buy it in parts. Just if you buy a PC with Windows, the cost is there. Not sure where you got that.
            AmraLeo
        • Linux comes with computers, Do ur home work first..

          There are great system comes with Linux preinstalled. Do your home work first.. Look at system 76..Asus, Dell both offer Linux preinstalled laptops.. So no I don't have buy Windows.. No I will not obey to anyone..
          jvnetsl
      • Exacly the reason why steam for linux will fail

        I'm too cheap to buy Windows, Lovey.
        So, make Windows 7 free to download or I'll stay with Kubuntu.

        ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

        Linux user are too cheap to pay for an OS, they will be too cheap to pay for a game too.
        SylvainT
        • Pay Attention!

          For several recent iterations of the Humble Indie Bundle, Linux users have paid more per capita than any other OS. And with the most recent Bundle, Linux users contributed more overall than OSX users.
          arkanabar@...
    • Plus there are the perpetual Linux driver issues.

      Linux has always been lacking in drivers for hardware. For desktop gaming, random Linux desktops will be a pain to get consistent support for gaming hardware. Their real hope lies in the Steam Box. If it's truly console simple, but with desktop gaming depth, and driver support that just works, it could be a game changer. I'm adopting a wait and see attitude about this venture.

      Either way, Steam will be hosed by Windows 8. Microsoft wants all future games to be sold through the Microsoft app store, not private services like Steam. Building a Linux box is their only hope to retain their revenue stream from selling games.
      BillDem
      • No driver issues..

        Linux has excellent driver support.. I used both AMD and nVidia hardware.. I used logitec hardware.. They work very well..
        jvnetsl
    • Worst MS fan ever..

      one sound at a time? what? Are you from history? I've been playing games on Ubuntu and it is great.. Really great experience..
      jvnetsl
    • Have you ever even used Linux?

      You seem to be quite an expert on Linux to know that the only way to install software is to compile it yourself. And to know of the one sound at a time bug.

      Too bad you're completely wrong on both accounts. I can't, nor do I want to, imagine out of where did you pull these statements, but they're CSI-grade stupid.

      "Worst. Gaming. Experience. Ever." I can foresee bad ports that will be riddled with bugs on Linux, so you're not going full retard here. Linux itself, though, is just as good a gaming platform as Windows (trust me; unlike you, I have played games on Linux).

      You're also probably right in saying that porting Steam to Linux is a waste of resources for Valve, because of the tiny user base. But you even this accidental correctness out by saying Valve is killing its business by not supporting Windows 8. Valve still supports Windows and it will for a long time, because most of their users are there. What they won't make is Steam as a native Metro/Modern app (and rightly so). That's it. Steam still works on Windows 8 as a normal Windows application.

      Obviously you've never used Linux and your only agenda is to support Microsoft, either because you work for them or you feel the need to, because Windows is what you have and you fear change (sounds weird, but I know many loyal/mad people like this). Let me reassure you, Linux poses no danger to Windows. I wish it did, though. Imagine not having to pay an extra $100+ for every computer you buy. If Linux was mainstream that would be the only difference.
      beau parisi
  • That still won't help Linux adoption

    And my guess, the begining of the end for Valve in they focus too much money on an unprofitable venture.
    DontUseGoogleAtAll!