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2012-09-27 11:28:26 AM
One! One game! Ah Ah Ahhh!
 
2012-09-27 11:46:30 AM
As an OS X user, I reinforce the idea that the only thing the Mac client is good for is reminding you that you really should get Boot Camp going in order to play some Steam games.
 
2012-09-27 12:20:07 PM
I'm sure literally tens of linux gamers will be lined up to dload the beta.

/ Best development investment ever...
 
2012-09-27 12:43:00 PM
W00T W00T

/I am a triple booter, OS X, Windows, and Ubuntu (fark Unity, I use Cinnamon).
 
2012-09-27 12:48:45 PM

cman: W00T W00T

/I am a triple booter, OS X, Windows, and Ubuntu (fark Unity, I use Cinnamon).


Cinnamon?

And I agree. F*ck Unity.
 
2012-09-27 12:49:50 PM

Nadie_AZ: cman: W00T W00T

/I am a triple booter, OS X, Windows, and Ubuntu (fark Unity, I use Cinnamon).

Cinnamon?

And I agree. F*ck Unity.


Part of Linux Mint. Mate was ok, but that brushed metal reminds me too much of OS X. I use Linux to get away from OS X, not act like it
 
2012-09-27 12:52:05 PM

cman: Nadie_AZ: cman: W00T W00T

/I am a triple booter, OS X, Windows, and Ubuntu (fark Unity, I use Cinnamon).

Cinnamon?

And I agree. F*ck Unity.

Part of Linux Mint. Mate was ok, but that brushed metal reminds me too much of OS X. I use Linux to get away from OS X, not act like it


To

cman: Nadie_AZ: cman: W00T W00T

/I am a triple booter, OS X, Windows, and Ubuntu (fark Unity, I use Cinnamon).

Cinnamon?

And I agree. F*ck Unity.

Part of Linux Mint. Mate was ok, but that brushed metal reminds me too much of OS X. I use Linux to get away from OS X, not act like it



To elaborate, Unity would be decent if Ubuntu stopped combating people who move the Launcher from the side of the screen to other parts of the screen.
 
2012-09-27 12:54:50 PM

cman: To elaborate, Unity would be decent if Ubuntu stopped combating people who move the Launcher from the side of the screen to other parts of the screen.


I didn't like anything about it. Ubuntu has to know adopting an unpopular desktop manager is a bad idea.
 
2012-09-27 12:56:56 PM

Nadie_AZ: cman: To elaborate, Unity would be decent if Ubuntu stopped combating people who move the Launcher from the side of the screen to other parts of the screen.

I didn't like anything about it. Ubuntu has to know adopting an unpopular desktop manager is a bad idea.


Its hurting them. Distrowatch has them in 3rd place now. From 2007-2011 Ubuntu was always number one.

If that doesnt tell them that they are moving in the wrong direction what else will?
 
2012-09-27 01:02:40 PM

cman: Nadie_AZ: cman: To elaborate, Unity would be decent if Ubuntu stopped combating people who move the Launcher from the side of the screen to other parts of the screen.

I didn't like anything about it. Ubuntu has to know adopting an unpopular desktop manager is a bad idea.

Its hurting them. Distrowatch has them in 3rd place now. From 2007-2011 Ubuntu was always number one.

If that doesnt tell them that they are moving in the wrong direction what else will?


Right.
 
2012-09-27 01:07:39 PM
Ubuntu is losing popularity? I should start using it again, then. "Pfft. What are you using, Mint? How pedestrian."
 
2012-09-27 01:19:27 PM
I just VM Windows XP on my Mint setup. Steam gets a bit derpy but it works.
 
2012-09-27 01:23:09 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I just VM Windows XP on my Mint setup. Steam gets a bit derpy but it works.


Steam programs (specifically TF2 and other source games) work extremely well on Wine. Steam made it a point to ensure of that much. Its when you get into the third party apps for sale on Steam that Wine has the most problems.
 
2012-09-27 02:23:01 PM
So the Steam client will run on Linux... and I could see Valve themselves porting their games, but getting third party developers to port to Linux is unlikely.
 
2012-09-27 02:26:35 PM

miscreant: So the Steam client will run on Linux... and I could see Valve themselves porting their games, but getting third party developers to port to Linux is unlikely.


So much this. Congratulations Linux users, you'll finally be able to play Source games natively. Just in time for Source engine to be depreciated.

/It's the Linux way, really.
 
2012-09-27 02:27:13 PM
I tried mint for a while and it was alright, running Vista on my gaming rig and 7 on my netbook. May just install Linux again purely to try this out.
 
2012-09-27 02:33:21 PM

miscreant: So the Steam client will run on Linux... and I could see Valve themselves porting their games, but getting third party developers to port to Linux is unlikely.


This could create a demand, though. Right now there's no Linux gamers because there's no games (well, that and the HORRIBLE drivers.) It's a classic chicken-and-egg problem.
 
2012-09-27 02:41:46 PM
This is a good thing.
 
2012-09-27 02:45:43 PM
I'm gonna stick to Windows for my gaming needs, but it's neat that they're doing this.

I actually got my first (decent) Linux system up and running last night. Lemme tell ya, that distro is the first one I've ever seen that comes with a lot of refinement. Very happy with it, and will be using it to do C programming and other more utility-type tasks.
 
2012-09-27 02:48:25 PM
Paging linux_yes, linux_yes please report to thread 7350821.
 
2012-09-27 02:49:39 PM

Marine1: I'm gonna stick to Windows for my gaming needs, but it's neat that they're doing this.

I actually got my first (decent) Linux system up and running last night. Lemme tell ya, that distro is the first one I've ever seen that comes with a lot of refinement. Very happy with it, and will be using it to do C programming and other more utility-type tasks.


And by "that distro", I mean Mint. I mean, it's got it all.
 
2012-09-27 02:50:41 PM

Marine1: I'm gonna stick to Windows for my gaming needs, but it's neat that they're doing this.

I actually got my first (decent) Linux system up and running last night. Lemme tell ya, that distro is the first one I've ever seen that comes with a lot of refinement. Very happy with it, and will be using it to do C programming and other more utility-type tasks.


Did you just endorse a distro without telling us which one you're endorsing? Trying to keep it a secret?

Last time I used Linux I went with Mint, work with RHEL 6 at work.
 
2012-09-27 02:52:47 PM
Full time Ubuntu user, though I prefer logging in with AwesomeWM...but I keep unity around for things like this.

Very, very excited.
 
2012-09-27 02:54:15 PM
On behalf of OS X Steam users, I welcome Linux users to the club of only having 20 titles that work on your platform, and of those half are sloppy ports that the developer has barely tested.

At least there's Portal and Portal 2.
 
2012-09-27 02:56:07 PM
Oh, fellow Linux users, how are the Nvidia drivers? I am an ATI fan myself, but their Linux drivers are terrible
 
2012-09-27 02:57:00 PM

MrEricSir: miscreant: So the Steam client will run on Linux... and I could see Valve themselves porting their games, but getting third party developers to port to Linux is unlikely.

This could create a demand, though. Right now there's no Linux gamers because there's no games (well, that and the HORRIBLE drivers.) It's a classic chicken-and-egg problem.


Exactly. Developers, especially the small houses, will follow suit. Wouldn't be surprised to see Valve throw in support to the smaller places to assist in the porting as well.

/Windows user ( the linux, she hates me)
//Long time steam user
///Subby
 
2012-09-27 02:58:08 PM

miscreant: So the Steam client will run on Linux... and I could see Valve themselves porting their games, but getting third party developers to port to Linux is unlikely.


The issue of porting from Windows as to do with DirectX. Microsoft may force people to upgrade, if only because of DirectX 12. Remember DirectX 10 and why it could not work under Windows XP?

Mac OS X uses OpenGL, just like Linux does. Mac also has a bigger market share of the desktop/laptop market and look how far and between Mac native ports are. Blizzard is one of the few companies that releases Windows and Mac version of games on launch day.

It is getting better though lately, thanks to the Ipad. It is rapidly becoming a serious gaming platform that BIG game developers are now paying attention. iOS also runs OpenGL.

Apple has also forced Game developpers to produce high PPI graphics!

Gaming on Linux, thanks Steve Jobs!

/not a MacHead.
 
2012-09-27 02:59:55 PM

cman: Oh, fellow Linux users, how are the Nvidia drivers? I am an ATI fan myself, but their Linux drivers are terrible


You know how the ATI drivers are a lot like being touched at night by your creepy uncle?

The nVidia drivers are a lot like being touched at night by your other, but no less creepy, uncle.
 
2012-09-27 03:03:22 PM

Caelistis: cman: Oh, fellow Linux users, how are the Nvidia drivers? I am an ATI fan myself, but their Linux drivers are terrible

You know how the ATI drivers are a lot like being touched at night by your creepy uncle?

The nVidia drivers are a lot like being touched at night by your other, but no less creepy, uncle.


Is this why they call the linux userbase a priesthood?
 
2012-09-27 03:04:22 PM

BumpInTheNight: Caelistis: cman: Oh, fellow Linux users, how are the Nvidia drivers? I am an ATI fan myself, but their Linux drivers are terrible

You know how the ATI drivers are a lot like being touched at night by your creepy uncle?

The nVidia drivers are a lot like being touched at night by your other, but no less creepy, uncle.

Is this why they call the linux userbase a priesthood?


Nononono. The userbase are the altar boys, clearly.
 
2012-09-27 03:05:50 PM

cman: Oh, fellow Linux users, how are the Nvidia drivers? I am an ATI fan myself, but their Linux drivers are terrible


lol, expect a response from fluffy2097 about how it's like being raped by rabid badgers with razors for penises or something hyperbolically graphic :P

A more grounded answer: "They're alright. They work... usually. Make sure you know how to recover in case they don't." :P
 
2012-09-27 03:13:47 PM
Very happy to see this. As an avid Linux user, I will be signing up for the beta.

People crapping on this, saying "sure, great.. but there are no linux games ported" just remember..

There may not be any ported.. YET.. but this opens up the door in a big way.

Drivers? Steam coming to Linux should be a STRONG impetus for manufacturers to start focusing more on making standard and stable drivers for Linux.

Having a Steam platform on Linux will definitely give game producers a much greater reason to offer Linux-ported games..

... or - think about this - a Linux FRAMEWORK that works within Steam to allow Windows-based games to work seamlessly within Steam/Linux.


Yep, gonna sign up for that beta.
 
2012-09-27 03:14:22 PM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: cman: Oh, fellow Linux users, how are the Nvidia drivers? I am an ATI fan myself, but their Linux drivers are terrible

lol, expect a response from fluffy2097 about how it's like being raped by rabid badgers with razors for penises or something hyperbolically graphic :P

A more grounded answer: "They're alright. They work... usually. Make sure you know how to recover in case they don't." :P


I wish that the developers of x.org go to hell and are raped forever by rabid razor penised badgers. I'm pretty sure I'm also not the only one who thinks this.

/I see you've got some lovely plug and play monitors
//no screens found.
 
2012-09-27 03:19:12 PM

cman: Oh, fellow Linux users, how are the Nvidia drivers? I am an ATI fan myself, but their Linux drivers are terrible


I haven't needed to use the proprietary nVidia driver for a while now on my desktop - but I'm not doing anything really graphics intensive (read gaming) in Linux. The open source driver has done quite well for me on video (both files and streams), rendering, and composting (bouncing cow screen saver, desktop effects, etc). The last time I needed the nvidia driver I was playing Neverwinter Nights in Linux (native), and that was several years ago. I remember the nvidia driver being great, except it usually broke during a kernel update.
 
2012-09-27 03:20:06 PM

fluffy2097: I wish that the developers of x.org go to hell and are raped forever by rabid razor penised badgers. I'm pretty sure I'm also not the only one who thinks this.


Fortunately by this time next year X.org will be replaced by Wayland in Ubuntu.
 
2012-09-27 03:21:34 PM
Oh, and I'd like to add that I've had much misery with the performance of ATi graphics in Linux no matter what driver I'm using (or card, currently have HD 3200 in lappy and HD 5770 in work desktop. The GTX 460 and Quadro FX 1800 (and 9800GT + GT 240 before that) haven't had any real issues).
 
2012-09-27 03:23:06 PM

MrEricSir: fluffy2097: I wish that the developers of x.org go to hell and are raped forever by rabid razor penised badgers. I'm pretty sure I'm also not the only one who thinks this.

Fortunately by this time next year X.org will be replaced by Wayland in Ubuntu.


I might try Linux again when X.org is purged from it. Linux is obscure by default, but X.org was the only program I've ever encountered that literally knew what I wanted it to do, stared me in the face and said "fark you." and did nothing instead.
 
2012-09-27 03:24:54 PM

SirTanon: Yep, gonna sign up for that beta.


Where exactly can you "sign up"? I've been looking for weeks now and never found out how to be a guinea pig in this great experiment.



Mantour: miscreant: So the Steam client will run on Linux... and I could see Valve themselves porting their games, but getting third party developers to port to Linux is unlikely.

The issue of porting from Windows as to do with DirectX. Microsoft may force people to upgrade, if only because of DirectX 12. Remember DirectX 10 and why it could not work under Windows XP?

Mac OS X uses OpenGL, just like Linux does. Mac also has a bigger market share of the desktop/laptop market and look how far and between Mac native ports are. Blizzard is one of the few companies that releases Windows and Mac version of games on launch day.

It is getting better though lately, thanks to the Ipad. It is rapidly becoming a serious gaming platform that BIG game developers are now paying attention. iOS also runs OpenGL.

Apple has also forced Game developpers to produce high PPI graphics!

Gaming on Linux, thanks Steve Jobs Gabe Newell!

/not a MacHead.


FTFY. Gaming on Mac was a joke before Steam.
 
2012-09-27 03:30:28 PM

NateAsbestos: SirTanon: Yep, gonna sign up for that beta.

Where exactly can you "sign up"? I've been looking for weeks now and never found out how to be a guinea pig in this great experiment.



Mantour: miscreant: So the Steam client will run on Linux... and I could see Valve themselves porting their games, but getting third party developers to port to Linux is unlikely.

The issue of porting from Windows as to do with DirectX. Microsoft may force people to upgrade, if only because of DirectX 12. Remember DirectX 10 and why it could not work under Windows XP?

Mac OS X uses OpenGL, just like Linux does. Mac also has a bigger market share of the desktop/laptop market and look how far and between Mac native ports are. Blizzard is one of the few companies that releases Windows and Mac version of games on launch day.

It is getting better though lately, thanks to the Ipad. It is rapidly becoming a serious gaming platform that BIG game developers are now paying attention. iOS also runs OpenGL.

Apple has also forced Game developpers to produce high PPI graphics!

Gaming on Linux, thanks Steve Jobs Gabe Newell!

/not a MacHead.

FTFY. Gaming on Mac was a joke before Steam.


Even before steam it was light years ahead of Linux gaming though. Granted that's saying next to nothing, but still...
 
2012-09-27 04:07:27 PM

Caelistis: cman: Oh, fellow Linux users, how are the Nvidia drivers? I am an ATI fan myself, but their Linux drivers are terrible

You know how the ATI drivers are a lot like being touched at night by your creepy uncle?

The nVidia drivers are a lot like being touched at night by your other, but no less creepy, uncle.


Well, to be fair, in my experience, the nVidia uncle at least uses a little lube.
 
2012-09-27 04:14:20 PM

miscreant: So the Steam client will run on Linux... and I could see Valve themselves porting their games, but getting third party developers to port to Linux is unlikely.


Those third parties could hand it off to a company like GoG.com to make the port.
 
2012-09-27 04:26:20 PM

OriginalGamer: NateAsbestos: SirTanon: Yep, gonna sign up for that beta.

Where exactly can you "sign up"? I've been looking for weeks now and never found out how to be a guinea pig in this great experiment.



Mantour: miscreant: So the Steam client will run on Linux... and I could see Valve themselves porting their games, but getting third party developers to port to Linux is unlikely.

The issue of porting from Windows as to do with DirectX. Microsoft may force people to upgrade, if only because of DirectX 12. Remember DirectX 10 and why it could not work under Windows XP?

Mac OS X uses OpenGL, just like Linux does. Mac also has a bigger market share of the desktop/laptop market and look how far and between Mac native ports are. Blizzard is one of the few companies that releases Windows and Mac version of games on launch day.

It is getting better though lately, thanks to the Ipad. It is rapidly becoming a serious gaming platform that BIG game developers are now paying attention. iOS also runs OpenGL.

Apple has also forced Game developpers to produce high PPI graphics!

Gaming on Linux, thanks Steve Jobs Gabe Newell!

/not a MacHead.

FTFY. Gaming on Mac was a joke before Steam.

Even before steam it was light years ahead of Linux gaming though. Granted that's saying next to nothing, but still...


Oh sure, it just seems absurd to be thanking Steve Jobs for bringing games to the Mac. Mac was known to lack any real gaming support when compared to PC, but the system was always attributed to Jobs so... thanks for finally letting us do what we could do on Windows for years I guess?

As I recall Valve as much as forced Apple to admit they'd made a mistake in their video drivers when Steam came out, but I'm fuzzy on that. I don't have a Mac *shrug*
 
2012-09-27 04:29:35 PM

NateAsbestos: SirTanon: Yep, gonna sign up for that beta.

Where exactly can you "sign up"? I've been looking for weeks now and never found out how to be a guinea pig in this great experiment.



.. Found this on IGN:

Valve has announced that a beta for Steam on Linux will begin in October. According to a blog post on Valve's site, internal beta testing will begin next week, followed by a private external beta for 1,000 users later in October.

The private beta will include Steam and one Valve game and will support Ubuntu 12.04 and above. It will not yet include Big Picture Mode or additional Valve games. "For existing Linux users, the external private beta is a good release for seeing where we are in running our games on Linux," the post notes. "We will be using a sign up page for the external beta. Information about the sign up will be announced in a future post."
 
2012-09-27 04:45:47 PM
I think this is cool. Not so much because of the tiny number of people who are running linux desktops, but the potential for creating a Linux-based "Steam Box". If Steam can make this work, they have the potential to create a Linux appliance that would rival consoles like PS3 and Xbox, but could be done completely as downloads and also be more hardcore and more open.

/love me some Steam
//made me a gamer again
 
2012-09-27 04:46:15 PM
You people cracking availability jokes are crazy. I've got at least two dozen (stopped counting) games in my Steam library that also have Linux versions available. Even if there are just forty or fifty games available to begin with, as soon as they start posting revenue it's going to become an attractive marketplace for further development, esp. with Valve nailing down support.

Porting is cheap if you take it seriously, i.e. plan for it from the start and don't lock yourself into highly proprietary stuff (DirectX, XInput, etc.)
 
2012-09-27 04:56:58 PM

NateAsbestos: Gaming on Mac was a joke before Steam.


B-b-but Bungie! Ambrosia! A Mac Classic tucked away in the corner of the local Babbage's, playing the "Dark Castle" attract mode on infinite loop!
 
2012-09-27 05:03:57 PM

poot_rootbeer: NateAsbestos: Gaming on Mac was a joke before Steam.

B-b-but Bungie! Ambrosia! A Mac Classic tucked away in the corner of the local Babbage's, playing the "Dark Castle" attract mode on infinite loop!


Marathon was pretty awesome in its day. So was MDK.
 
2012-09-27 05:16:57 PM

gameshowhost: One! One game! Ah Ah Ahhh!


That's two more games than the PS3 ever got.
 
2012-09-27 05:22:22 PM

farkeruk: I think this is cool. Not so much because of the tiny number of people who are running linux desktops, but the potential for creating a Linux-based "Steam Box". If Steam can make this work, they have the potential to create a Linux appliance that would rival consoles like PS3 and Xbox, but could be done completely as downloads and also be more hardcore and more open.

/love me some Steam
//made me a gamer again


That would be awesome if you're right.

I was a bit more cynical: it gives the Valve corporation some options for the future.

It's no secret that Microsof's Steve Ballmer isn't a very talented CEO and that Apple is sitting on an unprecedented amount of corporate cash reserves.
 
2012-09-27 05:54:35 PM

NateAsbestos: OriginalGamer: NateAsbestos: SirTanon: Yep, gonna sign up for that beta.

Where exactly can you "sign up"? I've been looking for weeks now and never found out how to be a guinea pig in this great experiment.



Mantour: miscreant: So the Steam client will run on Linux... and I could see Valve themselves porting their games, but getting third party developers to port to Linux is unlikely.

The issue of porting from Windows as to do with DirectX. Microsoft may force people to upgrade, if only because of DirectX 12. Remember DirectX 10 and why it could not work under Windows XP?

Mac OS X uses OpenGL, just like Linux does. Mac also has a bigger market share of the desktop/laptop market and look how far and between Mac native ports are. Blizzard is one of the few companies that releases Windows and Mac version of games on launch day.

It is getting better though lately, thanks to the Ipad. It is rapidly becoming a serious gaming platform that BIG game developers are now paying attention. iOS also runs OpenGL.

Apple has also forced Game developpers to produce high PPI graphics!

Gaming on Linux, thanks Steve Jobs Gabe Newell!

/not a MacHead.

FTFY. Gaming on Mac was a joke before Steam.

Even before steam it was light years ahead of Linux gaming though. Granted that's saying next to nothing, but still...

Oh sure, it just seems absurd to be thanking Steve Jobs for bringing games to the Mac. Mac was known to lack any real gaming support when compared to PC, but the system was always attributed to Jobs so... thanks for finally letting us do what we could do on Windows for years I guess?

As I recall Valve as much as forced Apple to admit they'd made a mistake in their video drivers when Steam came out, but I'm fuzzy on that. I don't have a Mac *shrug*


Games was always the reason I never got a Mac. But one cannot deny how popular Ipads are and how they are changing the gaming world. It is safer to assume that people with Ipad will buy your game instead of finding a "torrent" of it, somewhere on teh interwebs.

I am only hoping that OpenGL will become a stronger contender to write engines on instead of DirectX.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is coming to PC, Mac, Ipad and maybe Android.

Linux ?
 
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