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  • There Is No Doubt, Steam Is Coming To Linux!

    Phoronix: There Is No Doubt, Steam Is Coming To Linux!

    Yesterday we showed proof of Steam's Linux client existence via its Mac OS X launcher that is currently in closed beta, then this morning we showed further signs of Linux support. Since 2008 we have known that Steam and the Source Engine would come to Linux. As an update, we even pointed out the download link for the Steam Linux binary from their store...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODE3Mw

  • #2
    I don't think even the most skeptical one can deny it anymore.

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    • #3
      Finally I'm actually beginning to believe in a Steam for Linux release. Could it really be true?

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      • #4
        what would this mean really though? just some games on linux. If the unwashed mases start to use linux where can a geek go.

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        • #5
          Running the native steam client brings the following output:

          Code:
          $ ./steam.sh 
          ./steam.sh: line 49: ulimit: open files: cannot modify limit: Operation not permitted
          [  0%] !!! Fatal Error: Failed to determine download location for universe 0
          [----] Verifying installation...
          [  0%] Downloading Update...
          [  0%] !!! Fatal Error: Failed to determine download location for universe 0
          unlinked 0 orphaned pipes
          removing stale semaphore last operated on by process 4431 with name 0eBlobRegistryMutex_47A21F31FD1EF390D9CC42474DAF102D
          removing stale semaphore last operated on by process 4431 with name 0eBlobRegistrySignal_47A21F31FD1EF390D9CC42474DAF102D
          removing stale semaphore last operated on by process 4431 with name 0emSteamEngineInstance
          removing stale semaphore last operated on by process 4431 with name 0eSteamEngineLock
          CellID: Fetching server list from CSDS. . .
          CellID: CSDS returned 167 servers.
          CellID: Connecting to 203.66.135.195:27031. . .
          CellID: Connect to 203.66.135.195:27031 took 338 MS
          CellID: New Best!
          CellID: Connecting to 203.66.135.197:27031. . .
          CellID: Connect to 203.66.135.197:27031 took 338 MS
          Shutting down. . .
          CellID: Connecting to 193.34.51.2:27031. . .
          CellID: Connect to 193.34.51.2:27031 took 100 MS
          CellID: New Best!
          CellID: Connecting to 68.142.83.179:27031. . .
          CellID: Connect to 68.142.83.179:27031 took 133 MS
          CellID: Connecting to 150.101.135.1:27031. . .
          CellID: Connect to 150.101.135.1:27031 took 396 MS
          unlinked 2 orphaned pipes
          CAsyncIOManager: 0 threads terminating.  0 reads, 0 writes, 0 deferrals.
          CAsyncIOManager: 1415 single object sleeps, 0 multi object sleeps
          CAsyncIOManager: 0 single object alertable sleeps, 1 multi object alertable sleeps
          It even creates several directories in my home directory.
          One of them containing:
          ~/steam/SteamApps
          like in windows.

          I guess this is where it someday will but the native linux games ;-)

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          • #6
            <Keanu>Whoa!</Keanu>

            Interesting times indeed!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by xir_ View Post
              what would this mean really though? just some games on linux. If the unwashed mases start to use linux where can a geek go.
              Nowhere. Elitist snobs will drown among the noob wave.

              I'm starting to like the picture, actually. Maybe this will bring some sanity to distro development.

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              • #8
                This is serious news.

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                • #9
                  And in the debug dump I get this:
                  Code:
                  DebugAssert, Name: ?, Line: 1008, Expr: "open for read/write failed in CreateFile" && !pchErr, File: /home/VALVE/dberger/P4Clients/steam2_main/Projects/GazelleProto/Client/Engine/../../../Common/Misc/PosixWin32.cpp
                  They certainly have steam running on dberger's linux box.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by xir_ View Post
                    what would this mean really though? just some games on linux. If the unwashed mases start to use linux where can a geek go.
                    Well if you're using Linux to make you feel special/superior/whatever, there's always Gentoo, you know

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                    • #11
                      I found this bit interesting from the steam binary:

                      uname -mrsv
                      /proc/version
                      /etc/redhat-release
                      /etc/fedora-release
                      /etc/slackware-release
                      /etc/debian_release
                      /etc/mandrake-release
                      /etc/yellowdog-release
                      /etc/gentoo-release
                      /etc/lsb-release
                      /etc/SUSE-release

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                      • #12
                        I have uploaded steam for linux here:
                        http://www.mediafire.com/?uauzixzimzy

                        I have sorted the directories. Just run steam.sh

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                        • #13
                          Trust Linux users to dissect an unreleased binary.

                          Valve is probably thinking to maintain their stranglehold on digital distribution. It doesn't mean they will release Linux versions of their games right away but it does mean that 3rd parties will be able to use Steam to deliver (commercial) software on all relevant desktop platforms.

                          I believe (and hope) that Valve will actually port their games over once Steam/Linux reaches some critical install base.

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                          • #14
                            I wonder if there could be some kind of official steam livecd one day to make a kind of pc-based games console. Live CDs are very good at booting anywhere these days, valve could probably get nvidia/ati's blessing to bundle the binary drivers and then they could build some kind of horrible DRM mess on a strippped down linux to try and stop game hacks.....

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by patstew View Post
                              I wonder if there could be some kind of official steam livecd one day to make a kind of pc-based games console. Live CDs are very good at booting anywhere these days, valve could probably get nvidia/ati's blessing to bundle the binary drivers and then they could build some kind of horrible DRM mess on a strippped down linux to try and stop game hacks.....
                              That would be too much work for them.

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