In the last couple of months, Steam has been getting a lot of attention. Not necessarily because of the games that it’s been carrying, but because of its expanding support of different operating systems. If you haven’t heard already, Steam has made official plans to support Linux, and has already made substantial progress with their beta Linux client. It really won’t be too long before the Steam client is stable.
Fifteen years after its initial release, the legendary first-person shooter Half-Life has been quietly released for both Mac OS X and Linux. No Official announcement has been made by Valve as of yet. The original Half-Life was released in 1998, and is a big name in the gaming world, even for non-gamers. It’s played through the eyes of Dr. Gordon Freeman, who is trying to fight his way out of secret research facility in New Mexico.
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 installed can now purchase and download Portal for $9.99 US.
Linux gaming rigs? Yup, they’re happening. With Valve’s Steam on Linux and a forthcoming Valve Steambox using Steam to run Linux games, the future is looking up for gaming on Linux. You can even install Ubuntu and Steam on a computer today, plugging it into your TV and using the big picture mode interface. The missing piece of the hardware puzzle is a controller. Luckily, Microsoft’s ubiquitous Xbox 360 controller functions well with Linux.