Steam and Source Engine Coming to Linux
In the first-ever post on the Valve Linux Blog this morning, Valve announced that they’re currently working to bring Steam and the Source game engine over to the Linux operating system. In fact, they’ve actually been at it for just over a year now.
In the post, Valve detailed their goals for the Linux project, which involved the creation of a new team devoted to producing ports of their Steam client and Source game engine on Ubuntu-based Linux systems. While Ubuntu likely won’t be the only Linux platform that Steam sets up shop on, Valve has clarified that they prefer to work with a single distribution first to avoid burying themselves with multiple software iterations.
Their current focus is on completing the following:
- getting the Steam client onto Linux with full functionality
- optimizing a version of L4D2 running at a high frame rate with OpenGL
- porting additional Valve titles
As detailed above, the team is working to bring Left 4 Dead 2 out on Linux when the new client arrives.
If you want to learn more about Valve’s plans for Linux support going forward, as well as their thoughts on “Steam’d Penguins”, check out the official blog post.