Valve Launches Steam for Linux, Great Games Put on Sale
After several months of testing and open beta access opportunities for customers, Valve has officially launched the Linux/Ubuntu version of its popular digital distribution service, Steam. In celebration, a ton of games are on sale on Steam for you to throw your hard-earned digital cash at — all of them, of course, Linux-supported.
All of these deals run until February 21 at 10am PST, so get on it!
Valve as a company has been ramping up its support for Linux quite heavily over the past year, with confirmations of the open source OS running on the company’s upcoming Steam Box hardware, not to mention generally supporting it as a viable platform for Steamworks. Unfortunately, many employees related to the hardware/Linux department of Valve have been recently let go from the company, and only a few words from Valve’s Gabe Newell have provided substantial insight.
Also of note, for all the Team Fortress 2 players out there (like myself), if you play TF2 on Linux sometime this month, you’ll receive an in-game Linux tuxedo penguin doll.
I’m not much of a Linux user, but that thing is 100% adorable. And thanks to Valve’s easy instructions for Ubuntu installation, you (along with me) can get Linux up and running in a jiffy.
Heck, once you try it… you might even like it.