Valve's Steam platform and Source engine are headed to Linux
Valve has set their sights on new digital horizons towards which to guide the good ship Steam (pardon the poetic wordplay. I was in the mood for it). In more layman terms, Valve is planning to expand the Steam client, as well as the Source game engine, to the free and open platform that is Linux.
"For some time, Gabe [Newell, Valve co-founder] has been interested in the possibility of moving Steam and the Source game engine to Linux," Valve said on its new Linux blog. "At the time, the company was already using Linux by supporting Linux-based servers for Source-based games and also by maintaining several internal servers for various projects."
At the moment, Valve's plan is to get a fully-featured Steam client up and running on the latest version of Linux-based operating system Ubuntu. So far, all of the client's major features are available on Ubuntu, but the company is still working on the smaller features, and plans to set up an internal beta in the near future to test things out further.
And since Steam is nothing without games, Valve is porting Left 4 Dead 2 to Ubuntu, to test the Steam client's game-related features, as well as the game's performance, on the operating system. Valve reports that, "Over the last few months, excellent progress has been made on several fronts and it now runs natively on Ubuntu 12.04. We're working hard to improve the performance and have made good progress (more on that in a future post). Our goal is to have L4D2 performing under Linux as well as it performs under Windows."
For more on Valve's Linux endeavors, keep an eye on their Linux Blog (the source link below), which will be updated with more news when it becomes available.
Source: Valve Linux blog
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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