Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 22:53 UTC
Games Yesterday Phoronix showed proof of Steam's Linux client existence via its Mac OS X launcher that is currently in closed beta, then this morning they showed further signs of Linux support. Since 2008 it was known that Steam and the Source Engine would come to Linux. As an update, they even pointed out the download link for the Steam Linux binary from their store.
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That's a lot of bullshit
by twitterfire on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 15:32 UTC
twitterfire
Member since:
2008-09-11

1. Steam is not coming to Linux. The so called "proofs" on phoronix site doesn't prove anything beside phoronix guys being noobs when it comes to software developing.

Spotting some string related to Linux in some Os X binaries and claiming that Steam is coming to Linux is lame. Those strings are in Os X binaries for the sole reason that some libraries that Steam client is linked against are present in both Os X and Linux.

I'll believe that Steam is comming to linux when I'll see the linux client or when Valve says it so.

2. Even if Steam is comming to linux, that isn't going to do anyone any good. Steam on linux means Valve's own and old games ported to linux and the rest of games running emulated with wine.

Half life is old and I don't see the reason why the people who finished it in 2004 will play it again in 2010.

The rest of games on Steam will still use DirectX and will still need to be emulated with wine.

Anyone can use wine emulation right now, with or without Steam. No need for Steam to run an emulated Windows game.

Gaming on Os X sucks. I tried it. Almost all games aren't native, instead they run emulated with cider. There's a huge performance difference between a native game and an emulated game.

If you don't believe me, try running native Doom 3 for linux and compare it with windows binary executed under wine.

3. Linux as a gaming platform is a mess. Try and run any game ported by Loki on any present day linux distro and tell me if you succeed.

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RE: That's a lot of bullshit
by ichi on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 18:15 in reply to "That's a lot of bullshit"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

3. Linux as a gaming platform is a mess. Try and run any game ported by Loki on any present day linux distro and tell me if you succeed.


Try running some old windows games on current windows OSes and tell me the same.
System Shock 2 was such a pain I had more success trying to run it on wine than on windows (and it still wasn't that playable either).

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Besides, many of the old Loki games actually do work just fine, even on 64 bit Linux. Quake 3, Unreal Tournament, Enemy Territory (probably not a Loki port).

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Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

1. Steam is not coming to Linux. The so called "proofs" on phoronix site doesn't prove anything beside phoronix guys being noobs when it comes to software developing.

Spotting some string related to Linux in some Os X binaries and claiming that Steam is coming to Linux is lame. Those strings are in Os X binaries for the sole reason that some libraries that Steam client is linked against are present in both Os X and Linux.

Your such a genius. Obviously "steamclient.so" is present in both OSX and Linux. Ubuntu ships it by default.
And http://store.steampowered.com/public/client/steam_client_linux is obviously also not any clue at all for a Linux client of Steam....


/sarcasm

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

But that still isn't proof that they plan on releasing a Linux client anytime soon. They could just be working on it much like MS is rumored to be working on an ARM version of Windows in case it gets popular on netbooks.

They could also be experimenting with Linux and haven't made a decision yet as to whether they want to support it at this time.

I wouldn't get excited unless Valve makes an announcement. Software companies will sometimes hire a developer to investigate the viability of a market. It may just be for internal use, it may be coming out in less than a year. We don't know at this point.

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