Yet More Signs Of Valve's Steam On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve on 22 April 2010 at 10:31 AM EDT. 49 Comments
Yesterday we reported on Proof In Steam's Mac Client Of Linux Support as we received the bash launcher used by the closed-beta Steam on Mac OS X that showed support for Linux. Today there are yet more signs of Linux support when studying Valve's Mac OS X client.

When using the strings command to find printable characters within the closed-beta Steam client binary on Mac OS X, there are more references to Linux. Below are a few references.
ReadToken overflow
WIN32
VISTA
WIN7
POSIX
LINUX
X360
Assertion Failed: kv

windows
macos
linux
unknown
macos104
macos1058
macos106
linux22
linux24
linux26

More information (perhaps the best yet) is coming soon. Update: For those thinking these Linux strings are related to just Steam's Linux dedicated server, there are also Linux references to be found within friendsui.dylib, gameoverlayui.dylib, and steamclient.dylib, among other files. Also note this file on Steam's servers.
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