Steam & Left 4 Dead 2 Come To Ubuntu

A new blog called Valve Linux has arrived, put together by a team of Linux developers that are on a mission to “strengthen the gaming scene on Linux, both for players and developers.”

The team was set up last year, and have they been experimenting with porting Steam and Left 4 Dead 2 to Ubuntu. Here is what the guys at Valve had to say:

[quote]We’re just starting development and working with a single distribution is critical when you are experimenting, as we are. It reduces the variability of the testing space and makes early iteration easier and faster[/quote]

Don’t feel left out if you’re a Fedora, Suse or %insert distro name here% user, the guys over at Valve have got you covered:

[quote]Based on the success of our efforts around Ubuntu, we will look at supporting other distributions in the future.[/quote]

They have got Left 4 Dead 2 running natively on Ubuntu, and a basic version of Steam. There is still a long way to go though, they’re currently working on polishing the Linux versions of Steam & L4D2 and then they’ll start porting to other distro’s.

[quote]We’ll be posting more information about those projects (and others) on a regular basis. Since this is a new effort for the team, we’d love to hear your opinions about the blog so shoot us an email. We also encourage you to leave comments and ideas for future postings. We want this to be a community of game developers, communicating with each other and talking about current efforts and future efforts in a powerfully creative environment.[/quote]

Looking at the site so far, at the time of writing this article there are a massive 1,028 comments on the thread in around 24 hours. I think it’s obvious that a lot of people are keeping a really close eye on this project. If you want to find out more about Valve then head on over to their shiny new blog.

Personally, I think that bringing gaming to Linux can only be a good thing. I know a lot of people that still keep a Windows partition purely for gaming. What do you think?

Steam & Left 4 Dead 2 Come To Ubuntu
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