Valve Launches Steam Linux Blog

Valve has launched an official blog to chronicle its Linux development efforts on steam. “Avoid the rumors and speculations that multiply on the Web, the first post says. “Instead, come to the source – a blog where people who are interested in Linux and open source game development can get the latest information on Valve’s efforts in this arena. In this initial post, we’ll introduce the team (and a bit of its history) and then give you a snapshot of what we’re currently doing.”

Though big news, this doesn’t mean Linux versions of Steam and the Source engine are imminent, but it is forthcoming. “The goal of the Steam client project is a fully-featured Steam client running on Ubuntu 12.04,” the post says. It seems that Valve has been kicking around the idea of Linux availability for a while, and already supports Source games on linux-based services, along with some internal projects. “In 2011, based on the success of those efforts and conversations in the hallway,” the post says, “we decided to take the next step and form a new team. At that time, the team only consisted of a few people whose main purpose was investigating the possibility of moving the Steam client and Left 4 Dead 2 over to Ubuntu.”

So when? No word, but the work continues apace, no doubt driven by the fierce urgency of Billionaire Gabe Newell‘s every whim. Add the Steam Linux blog to your bookmarks to keep up.

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