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It’s no lie: legendary first person shooter and puzzle mashup Portal is now available to all Linux users. Developers Valve today pulled the Linux version of the game out of beta, meaning anyone with Steam for Linux Steam For Linux Beta Now Available To All [Updates] Steam For Linux Beta Now Available To All [Updates] Valve announced on Thursday that its previously invite-only Steam client for Linux is now available for all to download, test out and submit feedback. The announcement came shortly after Steam received a platform-wide update, with... Read More installed can now purchase and download Portal for $9.99 US. Those who bought the game for Windows can download the Linux version – there’s no added charge. The high-profile 2011 sequel, Portal 2, is expected to follow later this year.

Valve – which developed Portal and runs Steam, the popular online game store – has been pushing Linux since late last year. Around 100 Linux games are now sold through Steam; Portal is just the latest – and it’s a big deal. The influential game plays like a first person shooter, but your gun has no bullets – just the ability to create portals.

Valve is vocal about their distaste for Windows 8. CEO Gabe Newell described Microsoft’s latest OS as a giant sadness for the PC industry, and stated Linux gaming is part of their long-term strategy to avoid Microsoft’s changes – notably, an app store that competes with Steam.

“I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space,” said Newell in late 2012. “I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”


Since then, Valve released their Steam software for Linux, and started porting their own games to the platform. Of course, most of the 2500+ games available on Steam are from third party companies, so it’s unclear how many Linux game players will ultimately get to play.

For now, though, a native version of Portal for Linux is a triumph. Make a note: HUGE SUCCESS.

Source: OMG Ubuntu

  1. Dustin
    June 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    oh gee, Valve doesn't like competition. Boo-fracking-hoo. They're sounding like Microsoft did back in the 90's and early 00's, not wanting anyone competing with them.

    • trlkly
      July 31, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Read more carefully. Valve said absolutely nothing about competition. They just don't like the direction Windows is going, so they're also porting to Linux. That's increasing competition.

      Though the real reason is for the Steam Box, which will be a lot cheaper if they don't run a Microsoft OS. Microsoft sure is not going to give them a deal for something that is going to compete with the Xbox One. And there's that word again, compete.

      • Justin Pot
        July 31, 2013 at 11:29 pm

        Great points, trikly. This is all about competition.

  2. Chris
    June 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I was playing it last night on my Linux gaming desktop. It plays as good as, if not better than it does on Windows. :)

  3. shamanphenix
    June 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    $9.99 US?
    I had it for free since the beta.

    • Justin Pot
      June 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Lucky you. :)

      • trlkly
        July 31, 2013 at 10:48 pm

        Did they stop handing out free copies of Portal with Steam? That's how I got it. In fact, it's the reason I registered for a Steam account, as I'm not to big on needing to be connected to the Internet when I start my computer in order to play games on it.

  4. Mart Kung
    June 26, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Just checked steam store and no Portal for Linux. I don't know, if it's some sort "not in your country" issue, but this in't the first time someone declared something now available on steam for linux and i can't sea it on steam store. But it would be nice to have some new games on the store. Most games i'd be willing to pay for are simply not available on linux :(.

    • null
      June 26, 2013 at 6:34 am

      It doesn't have the Linux icon yet but I just installed it on Ubuntu and if you are on Linux it should appear on your game list. There are a few games that don't have the Tux icon yet.

      • Justin Pot
        June 26, 2013 at 6:39 am

        Yeah, couldn't find this on the web but it does show up in Steam itself...if you're in Linux.

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