It's Getting Steamy in Here!

After months of me promising Steam would be coming to Linux, it's finally here. The early verdict: it's pretty great! The installer is a simple pre-packaged .deb file for Ubuntu (or Xubuntu in my case), and the user portion of the install looks very much like Windows or Macintosh. In my limited testing, I've found the Steam beta to be at least as stable as Desura. I also was impressed with the large number of my Steam games that have Linux versions ready to download and play.

Steam installation

Steam screenshot

If you were under the impression that Steam was going to be the next Duke Nukem Forever, I'm happy to say that you (and I) were wrong. Steam has finally come to Linux, which has the potential to change the way Linux users play games. It also means fewer reboots into Windows just to shoot a few zombies! Check it out at


Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.


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I would have liked (and

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I would have liked (and expected) to see some performance tests to see if some of the Valve titles run better under Windows or under Linux.

Every Steam user sort of already knows that Steam is available for Linux, I'm curious if it performs better and if Steam is a viable platform with a future for Linux. I'll get around to installing it myself one of these days.

Steam Is BETA?

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dai1313 is correct, this article is incorrect.


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Actually, steam for linux officially released about a week ago.