Linked by boldingd on Tue 29th Jan 2013 23:12 UTC
Games It seems to have so far escaped OSNews' notice (if the top few hits for a site-search for 'Steam' is any indication) that Steam for Linux is now in Open Beta; you can get the Linux steam client from steampowered.com. So far, they appear to only be making an Ubuntu .deb available, and the client will require closed-source GPU drivers in order to work.
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Misinformed article
by thebluesgnr on Sun 3rd Feb 2013 02:27 UTC
thebluesgnr
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There are a lot of incorrect assumptions and facts in this article.

First of all Steam is just a regular application. It will work on any system compatible with basic Linux 32-bit and you can use it without a powerful GPU at all. It's also a launcher for applications, which brings us to...

...the system requirements for your video card depend on the application you want to run from Steam. Some games might depend on proprietary drivers but so far I've had plenty of success with open source drivers. You can find this information on the support forums or store page for each game.

Valve themselves have praised the open source stack implementation on Linux. They provided feedback which significantly improved the drivers, and they also took advantage of its open nature to find bugs in their own engine. You see, because with Mesa they're not working against a black box they've been able to fix bugs that improved their games on all platforms, including Windows. They've highly praised it, and thanks to them and the several contributors that work on it the graphics stack on Linux improved quite a bit. You can find this information on their blog.

Finally, just because the drivers you have installed on your system report "OpenGL 2.1" doesn't mean they're that outdated. They may include functions required by programs from as recent as OpenGL 4.2. The problem is that if developers use 90% of 4.2, and Mesa covers 90% of 4.2, they still won't report that they support 4.2.

For a more informed position on OpenGL coverage you could simply install and run games. Do they work with the OpenGL stack available on Linux? That would mean the OpenGL coverage is good. Again, you can find out for yourself by installing Steam and trying it out on your system.

Normally I enjoy the little rants you do on this site, but please try to be more informative on the subject before going off about it.

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