Steam coming to Linux?

Posted by AndrewG009 (91 posts) -
                                                

Personally, it seems like PC users have often taken for granted just how incredible Steam is. Not only does it make buying, downloading and managing digital content easier than tying one's shoes before leaving the house, it soon might be available for every major computer operating system. Mac users have recently been seen rejoicing upon news that yes, they'll get the experience the awesome of Steam that PC users have been relishing in for years. However, it seems like Linux users may have some partying of their own to look forward to down the road. Engadget reports that a Phoronix user was able to capture an image of a very primitive Steam client running in a Linux environment. While this is still far from a completed product, it is definitely set to revolutionize how people purchase and play computer games in the future, especially if all any of them have to do is click on a Steam icon.

Now they just have to get that cross-platform gameplay working so we all can play Team Fortress 2 together and we'll be set.    
#1 Posted by AndrewG009 (91 posts) -
                                                

Personally, it seems like PC users have often taken for granted just how incredible Steam is. Not only does it make buying, downloading and managing digital content easier than tying one's shoes before leaving the house, it soon might be available for every major computer operating system. Mac users have recently been seen rejoicing upon news that yes, they'll get the experience the awesome of Steam that PC users have been relishing in for years. However, it seems like Linux users may have some partying of their own to look forward to down the road. Engadget reports that a Phoronix user was able to capture an image of a very primitive Steam client running in a Linux environment. While this is still far from a completed product, it is definitely set to revolutionize how people purchase and play computer games in the future, especially if all any of them have to do is click on a Steam icon.

Now they just have to get that cross-platform gameplay working so we all can play Team Fortress 2 together and we'll be set.    
#2 Posted by Snail (8659 posts) -

Who uses Linux anyway?

#3 Posted by Pazy (2601 posts) -

Ill be glad when a native client comes, using "Wine" works at a basic level but isnt reliable and the games are hit and miss (personally more miss). Cant wait :)

#4 Posted by 71Ranchero (2827 posts) -

How long until the pretentious Linux community rejects Steam and calls it corporate BS?

#5 Posted by Sanryd (1367 posts) -

I would think there would be no way Steam ever comes to Linux if it continues with the low install-base it has now.

#6 Edited by ColumnBreaker (1164 posts) -
@Atramentous said:

" How long until the pretentious Linux community rejects Steam and calls it corporate BS? "

Probably about as long as it takes the dude with the skull avatar to nut up and move out of his parent's house.
#7 Posted by ColumnBreaker (1164 posts) -

A native Steam client would be a fantastic addition, although it wouldn't mean games would outright work properly in a unix environment. It's the same hurdle they had to jump over with a Mac client. It's clear the geniuses who've posted above me know their statistics and generalizations very well, apparently there's only a couple thousand Linux users in the world and they're all on the extreme end of the open source philosophy. Must be why the Debian community is as big as it is and has been around for nearly two decades. Feverish hatred for corporatism is the sole motivation for these lost souls.

#8 Posted by VoshiNova (1748 posts) -
@ColumnBreaker said:
" @Atramentous said:

" How long until the pretentious Linux community rejects Steam and calls it corporate BS? "

Probably about as long as it takes the dude with the skull avatar to nut up and move out of his parent's house. "
I lol'd
#9 Posted by Subjugation (4740 posts) -

OP is Gordon Freeman IRL!

#10 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
@ColumnBreaker said:
" @Atramentous said:

" How long until the pretentious Linux community rejects Steam and calls it corporate BS? "

Probably about as long as it takes the dude with the skull avatar to nut up and move out of his parent's house. "
This.  Linux users happily support Steam and many other retail products.  Some people just prefer Linux.
#11 Edited by Raakill (845 posts) -

Once steam is native on Linux and the games are supported (at least the main ones I play) I'll gladly switch to Linux full time. 

#12 Posted by LaszloKovacs (1210 posts) -

Given that it's confirmed for OSX, this seems totally plausible, if a long way off. 
 
Veering off-topic:

#13 Posted by fini_fly (767 posts) -
@VoshiNova said:
" @ColumnBreaker said:
" @Atramentous said:

" How long until the pretentious Linux community rejects Steam and calls it corporate BS? "

Probably about as long as it takes the dude with the skull avatar to nut up and move out of his parent's house. "
I lol'd "
Yeah so did I. Good one!
#14 Posted by jmrwacko (2443 posts) -
@ColumnBreaker said:
" @Atramentous said:

" How long until the pretentious Linux community rejects Steam and calls it corporate BS? "

Probably about as long as it takes the dude with the skull avatar to nut up and move out of his parent's house. "
win
#15 Posted by oDawg (128 posts) -

I'd say its coming to linux, but through Android to deliver mobile gaming...   then I could see Android games spreading out into pc games running on linux.

#16 Posted by Dziggy (51 posts) -

Robin Walker confirmed, about two  or three weeks ago, that they currently have no plans to bring Steam to Linux. Honestly, I think the only reason they made it for Mac is because Apple made some kind of deal with them. With Linux, there is no company behind it to make that kind of deal, so I think it's very unlikely.
 
I also don't think it would bring in enough new customers to be worth it for them to make it for Linux. Any gamers that prefer to use Linux more than likely have a Windows OS dual-booted on their system, if only to play games. While it would probably be convenient for them to have Steam on Linux, Valve is only going to worry about how much money it will bring in.

#17 Posted by zonerover (580 posts) -

Steam on Linux would be a dream, although I have no ideas how they could or would implement such an arrangement. But please Valve, at least you would be able to claim that your games (and the games of third parties who supported it) ran on every major desktop operating system.

#18 Posted by kishan6 (1914 posts) -
@Snail said:
" Who uses Linux anyway? "
#19 Edited by oDawg (128 posts) -
@Dziggy said:

" Robin Walker confirmed, about two  or three weeks ago, that they currently have no plans to bring Steam to Linux. Honestly, I think the only reason they made it for Mac is because Apple made some kind of deal with them. With Linux, there is no company behind it to make that kind of deal, so I think it's very unlikely.  I also don't think it would bring in enough new customers to be worth it for them to make it for Linux. Any gamers that prefer to use Linux more than likely have a Windows OS dual-booted on their system, if only to play games. While it would probably be convenient for them to have Steam on Linux, Valve is only going to worry about how much money it will bring in. "

Google Android might make it happen...  + increase in games using OpenGL to avoid being locked into DirectX = better chance Linux becomes a real gaming OS someday...
#20 Posted by icyroy05 (166 posts) -
@ColumnBreaker said:
" @Atramentous said:

" How long until the pretentious Linux community rejects Steam and calls it corporate BS? "

Probably about as long as it takes the dude with the skull avatar to nut up and move out of his parent's house. "
Amazing.
#21 Posted by ComradeKritstov (693 posts) -
@Fragstoff said:
" anyone who like playing PC games won't be to anxious for this,  because they probably already have windows (or.... Steve Jobs OS). anyone who uses Linux will most likely have a real OS too "
Except windows sucks. 
 
The only problem I have is if it's gonna be like mac and only source games + a few select games are compatible, I'm not sure I would be ready to make the switch.
#22 Posted by armaan8014 (5443 posts) -

dammit bugs back. Bumping again to push thread down

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