Valve brings Steam to Linux

Valve brings Steam to Linux
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

July 17th 2012 at 10:34AM

Left 4 dead 2 to be first game rolled out on open operating system

Valve is bringing its Source engine and leading digital distribution platform Steam to Linux, it has revealed.

The studio is currently working on bringing a fully-featured client to Ubuntu 12.04, with the first game to be ported onto the store currently planned as Left 4 Dead 2.

Revealing the news on its new Linux Blog, Valve stated that Steam currently offered a good experience on the operating system and that it would be setting up an internal beta in the near future focusing on the auto-update experience and compatibility testing.

The studio is also currently working on optimising a version of L4D2 running at a high frame rare with OpenGL, as well as porting additional Valve titles, opening up the possibility of a port of Portal 2 and Half-Life 2.

Bringing Steam to Linux could also allow more developers to create games natively on Linux by opening them up to a wider audience.

“We want this to be a community of game developers, communicating with each other and talking about current efforts and future efforts in a powerfully creative environment,” wrote Valve of its new Linux blog.

“After all, isn’t that what open source is all about – the idea that collaboration and teamwork achieve amazing things?”