Via a blog, appropriately named Steamed Penguins, Valve announced they are nearing completion on a version of Steam for Ubuntu 12.04. Developers cited Ubuntu being a popular distribution, and having recognition among the gaming community as reasons for developing on the distribution. There is also work being done porting Left 4 Dead 2 to run natively on the Linux client, avoiding the problems that many users have playing via Wine. The current state of the project is that the Steam client itself has all major functionality working, with minor functionality still to be worked on, while L4D2 has been ported, but needs work to run well under OpenGL. The end goal is to have it working as well natively for Ubuntu as Windows.
This was something that was always going to happen. Gamers have been clamoring for Steam for Linux for as long as I can remember. It was earmarked about 18 months ago (I could be off here), when users found an if condition indicating development had begun. This revolved around loading the configuration files, and had Ubuntu as a case.
This may probably have been accelerated by the huge leaps and bounds Origin have been making in the last year. Having a client running on all 3 major PC platforms, in addition to the PS3 is a nice way of staking your claim over the whole gaming market. I'm looking forward to seeing how well the client (and games) run when finally released
Todays Steam Deals:
- STALKER franchise
- Super Meat Boy
- LA Noire