With Valve's Source Engine originally just targeting Direct3D, when initially porting their games to Linux and OS X they relied upon a hand-made Direct3D to OpenGL translation layer. In potentially assisting other game developers, Valve Software has now opened up this graphics translation layer.
Valve's Gabe Newell did a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" where several Linux questions were posed.
According to the latest figures published by Valve for their "Steam Hardware Survey", they put the percent of Linux gamers on Steam at 1.30%.
For those that haven't fired up their Steam Linux client in the past few hours, Portal 2 is finally available!
I was notified by a Valve Linux team member today that they have some new code out that should help in automating Steam Linux game benchmarks.
Valve has put down another Steam client update, which includes many Linux-specific changes and more features for SteamOS.
Valve has pushed out SteamOS update 89 along with updates today to the SteamOS Alchemist beta.
As some more Linux gaming news out of Valve besides the SteamOS beta update and their VR API code is the videos from last month's "Steam Dev Days" developer conference are now uploaded to the Internet and publicly accessible.
Besides opening up the Steamworks VR API code, Valve has also made public another update to the SteamOS 1.0 "Alchemist" Linux distribution that's still in beta.
Valve has opened up their Steamworks virtual reality (VR) API and posted the code to GitHub.
Since last month Valve has been giving away free access to all their games on Steam to Debian developers. That program has now been expanded and Valve's free Linux games will also be made available to Ubuntu developers.
Another Valve Steam Linux client update this week fixes an audio error within Steam's Big Picture Mode but it mostly focuses upon in-home streaming improvements.
Valve's latest addition to SteamOS -- their Linux-based gaming OS -- is Steam Music, a nice way to play audio in the background while running any Steam games.
With the start of a new month comes some new statistics out of Valve's Steam Hardware/Software Survey that concerns Linux gamers.
For helping out their Steam Controller with SteamOS, a Valve engineer along with Greg Kroah-Hartman have improved the Linux kernel's XPad driver with a series of patches that will be queued up for mainlining.
With the end of the month comes a recap of the top articles on Phoronix this month. In January on Phoronix there were 39 featued articles and 318 news items / shorter articles!
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Valve will be making all of their games -- past, present, and future -- available for free to Debian Linux developers.
Valve's VOGL OpenGL debugger/tracer for Linux will be completely open-source and they will welcome community contributions to this tool aimed at Linux game developers.
Valve has issued a call for help to OpenGL game developers, or really anyone who can provide some interesting OpenGL traces, to help test their new tracer/debugger software for Linux.
As a follow-up to Steam Dev Days Is Off To A Great Start, Valve's new OpenGL debugger is looking great! Here's some more details.
Kicked off this morning in Seattle was Valve's first Steam Dev Days conference where they were pushing their Steam Machines and Linux-based SteamOS agenda, OpenGL/Linux gaming, VR, and other hot topics.
Valve released an updated version of SteamOS yesterday with various improvements including but not limited to reduced GPU/CPU usage and Debian updates.
Built into the latest version of the Steam client is Valve's beta support for VR devices like the Oculus Rift.
Valve's first Steam/gaming development conference that will also push along Linux gaming and SteamOS / Steam Machines is in just a few days time.
For those AMD Radeon customers disappointed by the buggy and poor performance of the Catalyst Linux graphics driver with Steam games, Valve has released a preview driver via their SteamOS repository. This AMD Catalyst preview driver for Linux hasn't been made available elsewhere.
Valve has announced their first 12 partners that intend to bring Steam Machines to the marketplace this year.
At the start of every month one of our rituals is always checking in on Valve's Steam Software/Hardware Survey to see their Linux statistics for the month prior. Let's see how Steam Linux usage was in December with the arrival of SteamOS...
While ardent Linux gamers have likely already heard and own a copy, for those that didn't hear yet Valve's latest kindness, the Linux-friendly entertainment company is giving away their very popular Left 4 Dead 2 game today and tomorrow as a Christmas present to gamers.
Just one week after doing the first public beta release of SteamOS, Valve Software has released the second beta public ISO image. This new release has various package updates and fixes, including graphics driver work.
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