Those Digging Into Steam On Linux Make More Progress
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve on 8 May 2010 at 09:42 AM EDT. 27 Comments
If you're not already aware, Valve's Steam client and Source Engine are coming to Linux. It's something we have been talking about for weeks now along with those in the Phoronix community via our forums and IRC. If you're not up-to-date on our coverage, read Investigating The Steam Linux Client Continues and Here's The First Screenshot Of The Linux Steam Client. However, if you are up to speed, here is the newest screenshot exhibiting the latest progress to the Steam Linux client.

That's right, it is indeed Steam's main client window being run natively on Linux (under Ubuntu in a virtual machine to be precise). A week ago a few Phoronix readers managed to manipulate the unreleased Steam Linux client to get to the point of loading the Steam log-in window. After some Valve updates to the client and more work by those community members, they have made more progress and are now hitting the actual main area of the Steam client -- albeit there are still problems with the fonts and other media assets loading.

Hopefully not too far out there will be the official Linux support announcement by Valve for Steam and the Source Engine on Linux, which will truly revolutionize and bolster the Linux gaming scene.

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