Steam is coming to Linux, Valve has announced. The first game on Linux? Left 4 Dead 2.
Valve’s 11-person Linux team will target the Ubuntu audience. The team’s made "good progress" getting Steam working with Linux this year, and all the "major features" are present and correct. Still work to do though, internal beta focused on compatibility and auto-updating will begin "in the near future".
Left 4 Dead 2 is the first title to fully work on Linux. "Excellent progress" has been made converting this in the last "few" months, and the game already runs natively on Ubuntu 12.04. "Our goal is to have L4D2 performing under Linux as well as it performs under Windows,".
The Linux team – formed in 2011 – is prioritising getting a fully-functioning Steam running on Linux, optimising L4D2 to run at a "high" frame rate with OpenGL and "porting additional Valve titles".
"We want this to be a community of game developers, communicating with each other and talking about current efforts and future efforts in a powerfully creative environment," Valve wrote.
"After all, isn’t that what open source is all about – the idea that collaboration and teamwork achieve amazing things?"
Source: Valve Blog