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|24th April 2010, 12:56||#1|
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Steam might be headed to Linux
In early March the news broke that Steam and the Source Engine were coming to Mac OS X. Not only was Valve bringing over its flagship game engine and their very popular game delivery platform, but also they are bringing many of their popular games over to Apple's Mac OS X. This is using an OpenGL renderer for the Source Engine (compared to the past where the engine was limited to Microsoft's DirectX) and going forward they plan to provide Mac OS X versions at the same time as their Windows game releases. From the customer's perspective, if you already own a Steam-acquired game on Windows, you can download the game on Mac OS X too via Steam without facing any additional charges.
Following that news last month that finally makes Mac OS X a viable gaming platform, there were some voicing their claims about the Linux support being in place too. Of course, this all comes years after Valve was looking for a Linux software engineer to port games to Linux, after we were exposed to information that the Source Engine would come to Linux, and then finding Linux libraries in the Left 4 Dead game. Valve Software though refrained from commenting on any Linux support following the Mac OS X announcement.
This afternoon we have more proof of the existence of a Linux client of Steam, which would mean the Source Engine on Linux too.
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