Valve encourages Windows, MacOS users to try Linux

Steam for Linux news

Valve has worked hard to bring Steam to Linux users, and the fledgling support for the platform includes a small library of games thus far that continues to grow.

When navigating the Steam website and clicking on the “Install Steam” button, users are redirected to a page where they can grab the Steam client for their platform.

Interestingly, Valve has including a big “Tux the Penguin” logo advertising their support for Linux, and also encourages users to try out Linux-based Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

This happens when browsing the website using both Windows- and Mac OS-based web browsers.

For many Linux gamers life has been hard over the years, and it’s great to see a gaming powerhouse such as Valve pro-actively supporting the Linux platform. Hopefully this will set a trend in the industry and Linux will become a viable gaming platform for the mainstream.

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Steam for Linux – SteamPowered About Page

Via: Ubuntu Vibes

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  • TehBrad

    I used to run Ubuntu at work. Loved it.

    I would move over to it in a heartbeat if all my games ran on it. Tried Wine in the past… very unstable at times.

  • Qrox

    How about, NO.

    I’m all for free software, but the more I use Linux the more irritated I get, and thats when I don’t have to try and get a game to work.

    I’d rather pay for Windows every time a new version comes out than having to struggle with making things work in Linux.

  • TehBrad

    I must admit, as much as I love Ubuntu, I cannot troubleshoot it to save my life. I have to Google most things that I want to do in it.

  • St3baS

    Dota 2 on Linux would be awesome!

  • The learning curve for Ubuntu is much lower than Windows (especially Windows 8). I understand you’ve used Windows all your lives but stop being noobs and learn something new.

  • Try HoN

  • Qrox

    I’ve used Linux for about 2 years now at University. I know how it works but it really is a lot harder to work with than windows. We have about 500 people on the course that have to use linux as part of the course and I don’t think I have ever heard more than 3 people say that they prefer linux above windows.

    I guess some people might find it useful, but for most people it is just not user friendly at all.

  • Agreed you will find the when you master Linux it is more versatile then Windows or Mac could ever be.

  • I don’t think it was made to be (but there are many distros I’m sure there is a more “user friendly” one available), Mac is made to be user friendly at the cost of many advanced features being blocked or none existent.

  • It’s improved, but Steam for Linux is a big step as it will pressure companies to natively support Linux to a degree…

  • TehBrad

    There is a menu with all the items you need to run basic operations. There is a software centre that has all the programs you’ll ever need… gods help you if you are stuck with a cli and have no idea what you are doing ;p

    Format and start over!

    For my job I don’t need Windows… but I don’t think they’ll enjoy me formatting my laptop and switching to Ubuntu… actually… I think it is time for a partition! Play time!

Valve encourages Windows, MacOS users to try Linux

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