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    GoddersUK

    Well the long rumoured Steam for Linux client has now been realeased. So you can now shoot your friends while wearing a silly hat on Linux too.

    Seriously though this is a good thing for the Linux platform - it's breaking it into a new market, and a sign that it's being taken seriously and as a mature platform by an important company (given that not only do Valve make very popular games they also have a dominant position in the gaming digital distribution market). If I were Microsoft though I'd be worried that one of my traditional markets is being eroded - Steam for Mac, Origin for Mac, Steam for Linux, ubiquitous console ownsership... Heck even Microsoft themselves are canabilising their own Windows games in favour of the xbox.

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    Bass

    You know what I'll be doing this weekend.

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    Erisan

    A good start but still long way to go. I guess we still have to wait big AAA games for Linux for a while especially from bigger publishers (EA, Activision) but I'm glad that so many Kickstarter games are going to be released for Linux (Steam)

    I'm running my gaming Linux from hard disk over USB3 which works perfectly. I made a bootable USB stick which boots directly to Steam "Big Picture" UI - works without problems as well.

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    Add to that the potential for Apple to join the fray and things look even more dire for Microsoft in gaming. One of XBox's founders isn't too happy with the state of affairs either.

    Apple seems to be coming down from the mountain that Steve Jobs built so I have my doubts that they can pull off an iPhone-esk reboot of the digital living room. Even so I hope Microsoft has some seriously big plans for XBox rather than just an incremental update or something wildly new but full of half-baked interfaces and shallow first party apps. 

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    itsnotabug

    , Erisan wrote

    I'm running my gaming Linux from hard disk over USB3 which works perfectly. I made a bootable USB stick which boots directly to Steam "Big Picture" UI - works without problems as well.

     

    ^ that's cool as heck. how portable is that? i'd imagine video and audio drivers would be a problem if you wanted to go over to a buddy's house and just plug in. how cool would it be if someone had all the major video drivers pre-installed on the stick and the boot would just figure out which driver it needed to use!

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    Erisan

    @itsnotabug: I'm running Fedora instead of Ubuntu (officially support) so I can't say how it works on that.

    Yes, video drivers required a bit of work because I used pre-built proprietary driver packages that conflicts with some other video drivers (because packager wanted so) - lines 61-67. Open source drivers works out-of-the-box without tweaks. I installed needed NVidia files without pre-built package. Additional to that I made a small tweak that checks what video card is in use and it chooses a video card driver according to that - like you predicted Smiley

    I'm going to make my own packages in the future and use kickstart that builds whole system (bootable and installable ISO-file) with latest system/drivers/applications/etc. with one command.

    I didn't have any problems with sound.

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    itsnotabug

    , Erisan wrote

    I'm going to make my own packages in the future and use kickstart that builds whole system (bootable and installable ISO-file) with latest system/drivers/applications/etc. with one command.

    if you can sort out the kinks and document what supported hardware works, i think people would pay for that.

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    Erisan

    @itsnotabug: Well, there will be Ubuntu versions out soon and I would recommend to people use them anyway since Ubuntu has an official support for Steam and proprietary closed drivers.

    My version has nothing special and all documentation is already in Fedora wiki pages. The small script to load a right driver has nothing special either (systemd service + tiny shell script).

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    GoddersUK

    "Tux, Steam; Steam, Tux!" (ps., Tux, watch out for the mute with the crowbar...)

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    HL and TF2 available, what more could you want eh? Smiley

    Sadly the virtual hard drive I have this Ubuntu install on isn't big enough to download TF2 onto so I don't think I'll be able to get the collectible Tux hat for TF2 Sad Cheevo failed Sad

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