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Yesterday began the Ubuntu Developer Summit taking place in Denmark. This meeting is taking many developers try to get news covering throughout the week, but one of the talks most anticipated was that of Drew Bliss , Valve, he would talk about the expected Steam client for Linux.
engineer gave a brief presentation of the client, without visible demo during the talk, noting that currently the client works really well in Ubuntu and that “many developers are interested in distributing their Steam games for Linux. “
distribution has been one of the major contributors to this release, as the strength of the company, the popularity of Ubuntu and the support of the community are remarkable. In addition, Bliss explained in Linux already supported technologies such as OpenGL, PulseAudio, OpenAL and support input methods (mouse, keyboard).
is hoped that with the Source engine games available for Linux, but so far no date estimated concrete the release of the final version of Steam for Linux.
chat surprise was the announcement that everyone attending the UDS that Launchpad account would have guaranteed access to the beta client for Linux, which will definitely available “soon” . As you know, Valve launched a page so that interested parties may request access to the Beta, and theoretically the limit for that was 1000 closed beta users, but we assume that it does not include those attending UDS that already have guaranteed such access .
The truth is that
chat , the streaming could see thanks to the excellent coverage that Canonical is taking place in various formats- was somewhat disappointing : no specific dates, or customer demos running, or a list of games available at launch.
Fortunately in this sense we can confirm that Croteam has announced on its Facebook page that “Serious Sam 3: BFE”, “Team Fortress 2″ and “Portal” series will be available in the first version .
Still, Valve’s presence at this event and Drew Bliss statements do nothing but confirm the bet -rather modest for now, it seems, of Linux as a gaming platform. To expect the best from a pitch that could dramatically boost the use of Linux as a platform of entertainment.
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