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

Daniel J. Givens daniel at rugmonster.org
Wed May 12 22:37:05 CDT 2010


Steam is a content delivery platform. It's said that certain Source  
engine games (HL2, CS:S, TF2, Portal 2, etc) will be ported. The rest  
of the games that don't have Linux ports and don't use the Source  
engine probably won't see a Linux port, at least at release time.

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Daniel

On May 12, 2010, at 22:25, Justin <the.dead.dude at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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