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Steam for Linux officially launches

After a lengthy beta period, Valve has finally launched Steam for Linux officially.

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After a lengthy beta period, Valve has finally launched Steam for Linux officially. The client can be downloaded here. To coincide with the official launch of the service, all Linux games sold through Steam have been discounted, including Serious Sam 3: BFE, World of Goo, FTL, Trine 2, Bastion, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and more. Who knew Linux had so many games?

The sale runs until Wednesday, February 21, so feel free to peruse the shop at your leisure. And note: all games on Steam take advantage of "Steam Play," which means single purchases can be played across multiple OSes--Linux, Mac, and Windows. That means anyone can take advantage of the discounted prices.

Of course, given the numerous distributions of Linux available, Valve does note a preference. "For the best experience, run Steam for Linux on Ubuntu 12.04 using an NVIDIA GPU and drivers from NVIDIA," the company told us.

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    February 14, 2013 11:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Steam for Linux officially launches.

    After a lengthy beta period, Valve has finally launched Steam for Linux officially.

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      February 14, 2013 12:06 PM

      Well I guess this is why I got an update for steam just now that was 110 MB big. I thought that was kinda odd, I'm on Windows 8. Seemed strange that a platform update for Steam would run 110MB.

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      February 14, 2013 12:12 PM

      Thanks for including a link to the list of Steam games on Linux.

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      February 14, 2013 12:22 PM

      And don't forget that the sale is valid on non-Linux platforms as well!

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      February 14, 2013 12:23 PM

      if you play tf2 in linux by the end of the month, you get a tux item in game. whether you want linux or not, the item tf2 players got for playing on mac, the ear buds, are the base unit of the tf2 economy now.

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      February 14, 2013 12:33 PM

      time to build a linux gaming rig.

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      February 14, 2013 12:34 PM

      THE YEAR OF LINUX IS HERE!

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      February 14, 2013 12:48 PM

      FIRE EVERYTHING EVERYONE

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      February 14, 2013 1:04 PM

      Guess I'll finally install and use this "Steam" thing I've always heard about, would nice to not have to use Wine any more.

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      February 14, 2013 1:41 PM

      "For the best experience, run Steam for Linux on Ubuntu 12.04 using an NVIDIA GPU and drivers from NVIDIA,"

      Yeah, I've been playing Trine 2 for Linux on an AMD card, and I've been getting pretty bad framerates with a few glitches here and there. TF2 doesn't even run as smoothly as it could. Hopefully AMD steps up now that it's official.

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        February 14, 2013 1:42 PM

        that sucks :(

        tf2 on my 560ti, maxed out, 2048x1152, i sits around 150fps on average

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          February 14, 2013 2:31 PM

          And on windows do you get the same, worse or better fps?

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            February 14, 2013 2:38 PM

            off the top of my head, i can't recall recent driver performance on windows for tf2, i've had net_graph turned off for awhile, but i'll check it tonight.

            i found some old saxton hale screenshots on my steam page from august/september last year, lots of action going on, around 70-100fps.

            http://steamcommunity.com/id/adenansu/screenshots the tf2 screenshots from the last few weeks were in linux.