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    Phoronix: Valve Celebrates Steam For Linux

    In addition to word that Garry's Mod is soon being released for Linux, there's some more positive Valve/Steam Linux news to share today...

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

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    And Steam is now available in Ubuntu Software Center!

    http://blog.canonical.com/2013/02/14...ftware-center/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by phoronix View Post
      Phoronix: Valve Celebrates Steam For Linux

      In addition to word that Garry's Mod is soon being released for Linux, there's some more positive Valve/Steam Linux news to share today...

      http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTMwMjY
      Will it be automatic, or do you have to do something to get your Tux?

      A sale is nice and all, but I'm hoping for DOTA 2 or Super Monday Night Combat or something similar to land soon. Not that I hate Heroes of Newerth. (I have most of the others from Humble Bundles.)
      Last edited by sloggerKhan; 02-14-2013, 02:37 PM.

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      • #4
        Oh my, Valve is dead serious.

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          How come even though I have the Windows version of Half-Life, the Linux version is not in my library? Don't tell me I have to buy it again...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cbamber85 View Post
            How come even though I have the Windows version of Half-Life, the Linux version is not in my library? Don't tell me I have to buy it again...
            It should be in your Linux library. It must be some bug, check again. Or maybe you have Half-Life: Source or something different?

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            • #7
              Amnesia Dark Decent for $5 on my favorite platform... I love you Valve!

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              • #8
                Btw. Steam is officially out of Beta now.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by d2kx View Post
                  Btw. Steam is officially out of Beta now.
                  Yeah, how was this not mentioned in the article?

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                  • #10
                    x86_64

                    Most systems are x86_64 now aren't they? When I go to install on Fedora 18, it wants to pull in a crapload of i686 software and libraries. It would be nice if they compiled it for native x86_64.

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                    • #11
                      Gawd this is awesome. Just bought 12 games that I thought looked cool before, but didn't want enough to pay full price. It was insanely cheap for what I got, I'm really impressed and thankful.
                      I'm more of a First Person Shooter (and Skyrim) type gamer, so I'll buy any of those games first-day, full-price if they're good (really looking forward to Interstellar Marines, L4D, and CS:GO (if it's in the works).

                      Things are looking good for Desktop Linux.

                      Intelligent rolling-release models on user-friendly distros & Wayland are just around the bend. AAA game engines like Unreal & Unity are ported to Linux, surely more will follow. Valve is pushing driver developers for better Linux support (we're looking at you AMD) and putting Linux in front of millions of gamers faces. In a year or two Linux could have arguably the best desktop experience out-of-the-box for the widest audience (DEs asside). Mac and Windows make you pay for OS upgrades while tomorrow's Linux OSs will just stay up-to-date automatically, free of charge.

                      Don't get me wrong, stigmas ("by programmers, for programmers", "terminal-required geek os", etc..) will last for years, and it'll probably take at least 5-10 years before Linux has an equal number of Major App/Game Devs writing same-day Linux support, but it's definitely headed in that direction.

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                        Originally posted by macemoneta View Post
                        Most systems are x86_64 now aren't they? When I go to install on Fedora 18, it wants to pull in a crapload of i686 software and libraries. It would be nice if they compiled it for native x86_64.
                        Many games are still compiled for 32bit (even if they take advantage of SSE 3.0+ operations) to save on memory, so it's not so much Steam that requires the 32bit libraries, but the games that do. That said, I do believe Steam's webview is 32 bit, as it requires the 32bit version of Flashplayer.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by macemoneta View Post
                          Most systems are x86_64 now aren't they? When I go to install on Fedora 18, it wants to pull in a crapload of i686 software and libraries. It would be nice if they compiled it for native x86_64.
                          If you really think how many games are made for x86_64. Even on windows there is no difference. I dont find it trouble as long as the libraries tend to work. Hard-drive space is pretty cheap these days...

                          And related to AMD thingy. Just bought new HTPC few weeks ago and upgraded with it this week. All full of AMD O.o (well basicly cause i thought that 6670D would have been fast enough to run my rocksmith under windows but no ) But im using mythbuntu on it too so hoping that AMD will get those linux drivers rolling atleast.
                          Last edited by Dehir; 02-14-2013, 04:28 PM.

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                          • #14
                            That's a lot of amazing games for cheap prices. It's cheaper then smoking a pack of smokes.

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                              Originally posted by Dehir View Post
                              If you really think how many games are made for x86_64. Even on windows there is no difference. I dont find it trouble as long as the libraries tend to work. Hard-drive space is pretty cheap these days...

                              And related to AMD thingy. Just bought new HTPC few weeks ago and upgraded with it this week. All full of AMD O.o (well basicly cause i thought that 6670D would have been fast enough to run my rocksmith under windows but no ) But im using mythbuntu on it too so hoping that AMD will get those linux drivers rolling atleast.
                              I don't think the complaint is hard drive space so much as it's "Oh great... another goddamned thing I have to micro-manage". But more than that, I think having both 32 and 64 bit libraries on the same machine strikes some as backwards, redundant, and sloppy. Mind you, I'm not in this camp, as managing tedious information and handling mindless, repetitive tasks is what a computer is for in my sight.

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