Linked by Debjit on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 21:16 UTC
Games A rumor has been going around for about four months now that Valve is coming out with a Linux version of Steam and had a lot of people in the Linux community very excited. However Valve have officially killed the rumor. And it is not what people wants to hear - there is no Linux version of Steam in development.
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RE: Too bad.
by WorknMan on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 22:51 UTC in reply to "Too bad."
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

Bummer... but not completely unexpected.


Yup. For all you Linux evangelists out there... if you want to know why more people aren't using Linux on the desktop, this is a prime example of why. Of course, I personally don't give a rat's ass about Steam, but for a lot of people, it's definitely a 'killer' application. So you can preach all day about free love, improved security, and all your other talking points, but at the end of the day, if someone's killer application ain't on the platform, it's game over. End of discussion.

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RE[2]: Too bad.
by Ford Prefect on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 23:44 in reply to "RE: Too bad."
Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

Last time I checked, Steam was already running on Linux. Actually, it runs on Linux for years. It runs on Linux right now. Counter Strike:Source is number 3 on Wine's Top-10 Platinum List ("Applications which install and run flawlessly on an out-of-the-box Wine installation").

These talks are all only about a _native_ client. Would be nice for people who use both Linux+Steam, but not a necessity at all.

But nevertheless thank you for your most valuable and informative comment about the state of affairs.

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RE[3]: Too bad.
by jbauer on Tue 24th Aug 2010 00:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Too bad."
jbauer Member since:
2005-07-06

These talks are all only about a _native_ client. Would be nice for people who use both Linux+Steam, but not a necessity at all.


Maybe that's why Valve won't be releasing it anytime soon ;)

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RE[3]: Too bad.
by nt_jerkface on Tue 24th Aug 2010 02:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Too bad."
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Don't be pedantic, people can't go to steam and go click click click and then install any game they want and that is what counts.

The real problem is that Linux isn't a single platform for game developers to target. It's an amalgamation of distros, desktops and sound stacks. And on top of it all there is a hostile attitude towards proprietary software.

Go buy a console if you don't want to game in Windows or OS X.

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RE[3]: Too bad.
by google_ninja on Wed 25th Aug 2010 02:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Too bad."
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

So I often run steam in wine, since it is the only way to talk to a whole bunch of gaming buddies I have made over the years online. It is barely usable, and as far as I know, very difficult to use as anything but a buggy chat client that eats ram like a mofo. But as long as you don't mind leaving the store minimized somewhere, dont need move or resize chat windows, its great.

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RE[2]: Too bad.
by merkoth on Tue 24th Aug 2010 00:19 in reply to "RE: Too bad."
merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

Congratulations, you win the prize for making a comment both worthless and flamebait!

Because it really affects your everyday life knowing that something you don't actually care about might be of value for someone who happens to use an OS you don't like.

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RE[2]: Too bad.
by nt_jerkface on Tue 24th Aug 2010 04:16 in reply to "RE: Too bad."
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

No kidding.

People turn on the computer to run applications, not the OS. Most people don't even know what an OS is.

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RE[2]: Too bad.
by wirespot on Tue 24th Aug 2010 06:58 in reply to "RE: Too bad."
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

[...]at the end of the day, if someone's killer application ain't on the platform, it's game over. End of discussion.


I'm afraid that the above statement (while generally true) doesn't apply to this case 100%. Steam and the games do run on Linux (via Wine). So this "killer app" is not technically missing. It's just that it could be better (fewer issues, better performance).

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