I've played a few games on Linux and there's fun to be had, rest assured, but if I had a dime for every time I've heard somebody say "I'll totally switch to Linux when I can play my favorite games on it.", I would be a VERY rich man..
So now this news comes along and despite a lack of personal excitement, I know this IS going to be a big deal for the Linux universe.
First a little history...
- Some time in 2008, somebody contacted the folks at Phoronix about Linux libraries in the Left 4 Dead demo.
- Then they found explicit references to Linux in the Mac OSX launcher script.
- The next day, they found Linux binaries of the steam client on Valve's servers, saw updates happening (indicating it was a 'live' project), and then Valve pulled the files.
- On May 1, Phoronix posted a screenshot of a running Linux Steam client.
Guess what happened this Wednesday?
The UK Telegraph broke the news of Valve porting the Steam client to Mac OSX.
OK, whatever, BUT in a sentence at the bottom of the announcement we read:
Valve has also confirmed that it will make Steam available to Linux users in the coming months.
Phoronix nearly wet themselves with excitement and now the news is everywhere: