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.
Back in mid-November there were concerns about packaging Valve's Steam Linux client by Linux distributions that allow binary blobs to reside within their package repositories. In particular, Arch Linux developers were unsure whether they were legally allowed to put Steam into one of their repositories for each re-distribution. Valve has now said it's okay by clarifying their license.
Counter-Strike 1.6 for Linux was released towards the end of January while this evening Counter-Strike Source has finally been brought to Linux over Steam.
Valve has originally ported their original Half-Life title to Linux.
A new game is coming to Linux via Valve's Steam client as the result of Steam Greenlight and interest in the Linux platform.
Planned for release next week, on 23 January, is "The Cave" game and there will be a native Linux port when it debuts on Valve's Steam platform.
Valve's Gabe Newell has confirmed their Steam Box will be Linux-based and will be open for its users and not a locked-down piece of hardware.
Making the rounds today is word that Xi3 and Valve have partnered up. Xi3 is a computer hardware manufacturer known for making small PCs and now in conjunction with Valve they are working on a "Steam Box" that's codenamed Piston.
Valve has released their December Steam statistics that show initial data on Linux client usage.
As said a few times already, this year will be marked by the release of a Linux-based Steam hardware gaming console out of Valve.
With the initial roll-out of the Steam Linux client being a success while primarily focusing upon supporting the Ubuntu distribution, Valve is now looking at improving the Steam support on non-Ubuntu Linux distributions.
Valve has announced that their Steam Linux client is now available to all Linux gamers. It's open beta period now and just in time for the holidays.
Valve will allow many more Linux gamers to participate in the Steam Linux client beta testing at the start of next week.
The Video Game Awards happened on Friday night in California. During the event, Gabe Newell of Valve commented a bit more on their next-generation console / living room PC plans. To no surprise, Linux plays a big role.
I am now cleared to begin publishing Linux graphics benchmarks of Valve's Source Engine games on Linux plus other performance-related information from the Steam Linux client.
In time for those who plan to spend their weekend playing games natively on Linux, Valve Software has expanded their Linux beta program.
Here's some interesting comments from Ryan "Icculus" Gordon about the latest state of Linux gaming and what's ahead.
With November coming to a close, here's some statistics on the most popular content on Phoronix this month.
Intel has tagged their quarterly driver package for their customers looking towards the best open-source Intel graphics experience on the Linux desktop.
Prior to going on their Thanksgiving holiday, Valve's Linux cabal opened up the Steam Linux Beta program to an additional five-thousand applicants.
In part due to Steam now being available on Linux, Egosoft wants to hire a Linux game developer to continue bringing their X3 games to the penguin platform.
Valve is adding more individuals to its select group of beta participants on a regular basis. So far things are going well for the Valve Linux beta.
Valve's initial roll-out of their Steam client for Linux is all centered around Ubuntu. With Ubuntu having the largest market-share on the Linux desktop, Valve is focusing upon proper Ubuntu support as their first priority. In the days that the Ubuntu/Debian package has been available of the Steam Linux Beta, it's already been reported to work on other Linux distributions. Some Linux distributions have also begun to package the Steam Linux binary for their own platforms, but now there's some concerns about doing this, at least from the Arch Linux camp.
Valve is working on a new game engine following in the success of their widely-popular Source Engine that is now running nicely on Linux.
Finally... After talking much about Steam on Linux at Phoronix over the years and many people that have doubted the earlier Phoronix exclusives, Valve is rolling out the Steam Linux Beta today!
Experimental graphics driver updates will be needed on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS for properly running Valve's Source Engine games through the forthcoming Linux Steam client.
As expected, a Valve engineer spoke at UDS today about their forthcoming Steam client for Linux release.
The Valve Linux survey is now live if you wish to partake in Valve's external beta testing process for their forthcoming Steam Linux client.
A software engineer from Valve will be speaking next week in Copenhagen about the Valve Linux efforts during the Ubuntu Developer Summit.
We have known about Valve's plans to make Steam more than just about gaming and beginning today you can buy some non-gaming software from the digital distribution client.
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