1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Steam for linux beta!

Discussion in 'Linux / BSD / Mac OS X' started by Easy Rhino, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Easy Rhino

    Easy Rhino Linux Advocate

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    13,412 (4.71/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,234
    I can't believe I am actually seeing the day where Linux will FINALLY have a gaming platform! :rockout: :rockout: :rockout:

    Just go here http://www.valvesoftware.com/linuxsurvey.php

    and fill out the survey.

    They want experienced Linux users who already play games using Wine. That is at least what I gather from reading around different user communities.

    Time to wipe out Windows 8 and go back to CentOS :eek: :pimp: :respect: :rockout:
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2012
    BbigTree, D007, Mindweaver and 7 others say thanks.
  2. mediasorcerer New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2011
    Messages:
    979 (0.91/day)
    Thanks Received:
    225
    Location:
    coast ,melbourne
    I think it's a pretty good idea, it gives us choice or more of it, i heard about this a while ago, been waiting for it to get into gear, thanx for posting.
  3. Wrigleyvillain

    Wrigleyvillain PTFO or GTFO

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2007
    Messages:
    7,660 (3.05/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,767
    Location:
    Chicago
    Very cool...though, like on Steam on OS X, this really can't remove the need for Windows from my life (as a gamer).

    Edit: Why CentOS on the desktop?
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2012
  4. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,881 (5.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,615
    Location:
    Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
    I'm a little confused (not unusual).
    Couldn't you run the Steam client under Wine? If so, how does a native Linux Steam client help since you will still need Wine to run any non-Linux ported games?
    AlienIsGOD says thanks.
  5. SIGSEGV

    SIGSEGV

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2012
    Messages:
    505 (0.57/day)
    Thanks Received:
    107
    thanks for the information,
    i'm very excited :D, my mint and slackware box is ready to test this one.. :rockout:
  6. Easy Rhino

    Easy Rhino Linux Advocate

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    13,412 (4.71/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,234
    native linux steam means actual support from steam on a linux platform. that is a big deal because it means from a business perspective that the most successful digital distribution company is now actively supporting a client for Linux and potentially many of their own games. active support means a significant financial investment into the platform.

    from a technical perspective it means actual libraries native to linux that will run natively with the linux kernel and probably proprietary drivers running opengl. it reduces the hassle of having to run valve games under wine and it promotes the opengl community and the linux community as a whole. with steam leading the way, we should see other companies begin to follow.
    hellrazor says thanks.
  7. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,881 (5.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,615
    Location:
    Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
    I know the future potential, ER, just wondering if it made any difference at the moment.

    PS. How's the family? Hope all is well !!
  8. Easy Rhino

    Easy Rhino Linux Advocate

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    13,412 (4.71/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,234
    i believe it will make a difference in game play but won't know for sure until i get to try it!
  9. MT Alex

    MT Alex

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2009
    Messages:
    3,766 (2.03/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,609
    This will be awesome for the several hundred PC gamers that run linux:toast:
    Naito and remixedcat say thanks.
  10. mediasorcerer New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2011
    Messages:
    979 (0.91/day)
    Thanks Received:
    225
    Location:
    coast ,melbourne
    Cheeky^lol, if steam goes full linux, more will use it, i will anyways.
    Easy Rhino says thanks.
  11. marsey99

    marsey99

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    1,558 (0.60/day)
    Thanks Received:
    293
    i am only on doze as its too much faff to get most games working on linux, once origin follows suit bye bye microsoft.
  12. Easy Rhino

    Easy Rhino Linux Advocate

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    13,412 (4.71/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,234
    exactly. a lot of people want to use linux as a daily OS but won't because they can't play their AAA titles without having to go through the hassle of running WINE.

    things are changing and for the better. another OS platform for games will only increase the level of competition thus creating even more games for us to play!
  13. hellrazor

    hellrazor

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Messages:
    1,572 (0.95/day)
    Thanks Received:
    315
    Left 4 Dead 2 should be out for linux sometime soon, and hopefully Team Fortress 2 sometime.
  14. Liquid Cool

    Liquid Cool

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2011
    Messages:
    315 (0.25/day)
    Thanks Received:
    115
    I personally am a little excited at the prospect of running Steam under Linux. I'm holding off on Windows 8...hoping XP and 7 will be the last Microsoft software I feel obligated to run under the hood.

    Best,

    LC
  15. Easy Rhino

    Easy Rhino Linux Advocate

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    13,412 (4.71/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,234
    hellrazor and brandonwh64 say thanks.
  16. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,555 (10.20/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6,070
    Location:
    Chatsworth, GA
    Millennium says thanks.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  17. 3870x2

    3870x2

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2008
    Messages:
    4,875 (2.05/day)
    Thanks Received:
    689
    Location:
    Joplin, Mo
    ftfy
  18. Easy Rhino

    Easy Rhino Linux Advocate

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    13,412 (4.71/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,234
  19. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,555 (10.20/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6,070
    Location:
    Chatsworth, GA
    I want to see this happen too! I wished all game makers would have a linux version cause I would be all for using some linux.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  20. Guitarrassdeamor

    Guitarrassdeamor

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2008
    Messages:
    986 (0.46/day)
    Thanks Received:
    260
    If they got it running and ported a good amount of games over I'd start switching over to Linux. Especially after Windows 8. Interested to see if developers take to this change...
  21. SIGSEGV

    SIGSEGV

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2012
    Messages:
    505 (0.57/day)
    Thanks Received:
    107
    sadly, i didn't get their linux beta client invitation card :(
    does anyone here get the beta client?
  22. Easy Rhino

    Easy Rhino Linux Advocate

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    13,412 (4.71/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,234
    i also did not receive an invite and i have been running linux for 12 years! i think it is because i don't always use ubuntu as the desktop os. oh well, i can wait a bit i guess...
  23. Novulux

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2011
    Messages:
    150 (0.15/day)
    Thanks Received:
    30
    When applying, I didn't choose Ubuntu for the Linux options, but reflecting on it, I should have.
  24. Easy Rhino

    Easy Rhino Linux Advocate

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    13,412 (4.71/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,234
    same. it would take 20 minutes to get ubuntu up and running but oh well.
  25. Novulux

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2011
    Messages:
    150 (0.15/day)
    Thanks Received:
    30
    Well they sent out 5000 more invites, and I got in despite running another distro...
    Installed Ubuntu and got Steam. Free Serious Sam 3:BFE for testing. :D

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page