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Valve Announces Steam and Left4Dead 2 for Ubuntu

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Jul 17, 2012.

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Is Linux gaming interesting for you?

  1. Yes

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    84.1%
  2. No

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    15.9%
  1. theubersmurf

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    So you're all going to go install it and give feedback right?

    This is too exciting, I'd love it if my next build didn't include a version of Windows, particularly with the coming version of windows being so trapping.
     
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    Buddy you can already install Office on linux. Check here. :toast:

    EDIT: and you can install any(almost any.. :p) game using Wine, we just want a straight install with out the overhead. :toast:
     
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    For the poll at hand, I voted no. I simply have no interest in Linux. However, many do, so Valve supporting multi-platforms is very gracious of them.

    Blizzard has supported both Windows and Macintosh for YEARS. Valve only recently started supporting Macintosh, and now they have taken it a step further and are going Linux. I congradulate them. :toast:
     
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    I hope they get around to having a little love for RPM based distributions.
     
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    you guys are aware that 99.5% of games on steam are directx based, which means they can't be easily ported to linux (opengl)

    windows pc game sales are barely enough incentive for developers to do sloppy ports from console (xbox360 is directx).
    imagine how interesting a tiny linux community is, requiring complete rewrites of the rendering code
     
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    Does Macintosh and Ubuntu use the same OpenGL?
     
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    When the fudge did that happen!?!?!?
     
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    My common senses are tingling.
     
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    that's correct. so what's available for mac can be ported relatively easily to linux.
     
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    There is a good long list of titles that have Linux versions that are on the steam platform. Also, you are aware that the PS3 does use OpenGL for it's rendering right? I'm not exactly saying that you're wrong, clearly windows still dominates the market with a huge percentage of devices running it, but there is increasingly a push away from desktops and even laptops in favor of lighter devices, a good percentage of those running versions of Linux (Chrome).
     
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    Nail on the head.
     
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    Linux gaming does indeed interest me.. Far too long has microsoft cornered the market on operating systems. If Linux could deliver a better gaming system, by cutting out all the fat of microsofts os, I would buy it in a heartbeat..
     
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    most PS3 games use libGCM, not OpenGL. OpenGL is possible on PS3, but almost no titles use it because it's slow and messy
     
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    Are you saying OpenGL is slow on all platforms, or just on PS3?
     
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    Hey.. steam is cross platform. You can play your steam games on Windows, Mac, and Now Linux.. only with one purchase. How it isn't great?
     
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    give me sdk 2012! so i can port my mod to mac and linux!!!
     
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    libGCM on PS3 is faster than OpenGL on PS3 because libGCM is providing lower-level hardware access, which helps developers maximize performance.
     
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    OpenGL get less love from GPU driver optimisation point of view.
    This has improved a lot recently, and with Steam on Linux, AMD/Nvidia will put more effort into it.
     
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    Everyone here including myself is talking about moving to linux from windows because gaming was the only thing keeping them there. The reality is that we will still have to wait a few years for more games, driver improvements, and open gl enhancments This is just the first step.

    I wonder if there will be a ubuntu gaming derivative.
     
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    Wine Is Not an Emulator. That's literally what it stands for.

    It's a compatibility layer, which is much different.

    http://wiki.winehq.org/Debunking_Wine_Myths#head-7c9ecddfaff60d8891414b68d74277244e7109eb
     
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    sudo apt-get steam FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:toast::rockout:
     
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    I too have high hopes this linux will be the future of gaming pc platform. we have too much dictated by directx and microsoft.. so linux will be a great platform to start independently. ditch windows.. yess (altough this will take a long time).
     
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    Speaking of which did you run that from your console and download it? I'm wondering if canonical will make it available through their update service or if it will be a separate download.
     
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    It's not available yet, just announced. I'm not sure if Valve would like Canonical to distribute Steam, so you'll likely have to get it straight from them.
     

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