[SATLUG] More evidence of Steam and Valve games coming to Linux

Justin the.dead.dude at gmail.com
Wed May 12 22:25:35 CDT 2010


Hopefully Steam on Linux will let you play all of your steam games on
linux.  That would be absolutely great.  But unfortunately I think
Steam-Linux will be something more like you'll only be able to play certain
games on Linux.

Either way, once it happens we'll have to do a linux-steam-lan party.

On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 10:10 PM, Jonathan Hull <masterr at gmail.com> wrote:

> There is also this bit from the Mac Steam launcher:
>
> #determine platform
> UNAME=`uname`
> if [ "$UNAME" == "Darwin" ]; then
>   PLATFORM=osx32
>   # prepend our lib path to LD_LIBRARY_PATH
>   export DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH="${STEAMROOT}"/${PLATFORM}:$DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH
> elif [ "$UNAME" == "Linux" ]; then
>   PLATFORM=linux32
>   # prepend our lib path to LD_LIBRARY_PATH
>   export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="${STEAMROOT}"/${PLATFORM}:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
> fi
>
>
> There is also a portion that detects the sound system, and one of the
> systems it tries is Jack, which as far as I know does not run on OSX.
>
> Things are looking promising.
>
> -Jon
>
>
>
> On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 5:05 PM, Christopher Lemire
> <christopher.lemire at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 10:27 PM, Jonathan Hull <masterr at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >> Linux Gamers Rejoice!
> >>
> >> For those of you not following this already I will bring y'all up to
> >> date. Steam is a gaming delivery service by Valve. They also produce a
> >> few games themselves such as Half Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Team
> >> Fortress, and others.
> >>
> >> Since the beginning of Steam Linux users have been asking for a Linux
> >> client, and over the past few years several pieces of evidence have
> >> surfaced that such a Linux client is in the works. Here are the few
> >> that I can remember (not in order):
> >>
> >> - Job opening at Valve lists "Port Windows-based games to the Linux
> >> platform" in the job description:
> >> http://www.valvesoftware.com/job-SenSoftEngineer.html
> >>
> >> - Left 4 Dead demo contains Linux binaries:
> >>
> http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2008/12/steam-linux-on-the-way-left-4-dead-carries-linux-binaries.ars
> >>
> >> - Steam announced for Mac, including ports of Valve games (not Linux,
> >> but related)
> >>
> http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/08/valve-confirms-steam-for-mac-debuts-in-april/
> >>
> >> - Upcoming Steam client for Mac contains Linux launcher code:
> >>
> http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/23/steam-for-mac-beta-reveals-possible-linux-compatibility-in-the-p/
> >>
> >>
> >> Now today a screenshot leaked showing the beginnings of a Steam client
> >> running on Linux:
> >>
> http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/03/screenshots-emerge-of-steam-linux-client-beos-wonders-if-its-n/
> >>
> >>
> >> While there has been no announcement nor has there been any evidence
> >> of a full client or running games, this is all still exciting in my
> >> eyes. Valve is a master of leaking viral information that nearly
> >> rivals Apple, and these bits of evidence are right down their alley.
> >> As a gamer and a Linux user I am hoping!
> >>
> >> -Jon
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> >
> > I was just about to start a new email thread about this. It looks like
> > it's slowly happening that Linux is taking over, not all at once. Here
> > it is from the company themselves that are responsible for many games.
> > It just recently happened for OSX. It's a smart move on their part and
> > no more dual booting for people who use Windows for gaming.
> >
> > http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Steam_under_Linux
> >
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