Michael Larabel, the founder of phoronix.com, has been invited to visit the Valve headquarters by its boss Gabe Newell. Yesterday, it was the day on which he was able to take a look inside the development progress of Steam for Linux. He has not only talked to Gabe Newell about Valve’s plans regarding Linux, but even has tested the native Steam client on Ubuntu.
Currently the team of Valve’s developers is very busy porting Left 4 Dead 2 to Linux, about what we already have been informed by Gabe Newell some weeks ago. This game was choosen to be ported to Linux first because of its source code stability. However, Valve plans to release it’s other titles after it and even to help other game publishers to port their games to Linux. Furthermore it seems, that Gabe Newell sees a great perspective for the gaming on Linux.
Although Valve did not tell the exact release date of Steam for Linux, the first version of the native Linux client should be released before the “Oktoberfest”, according to Phoronix.
This is certainly great news and a further confirmation of Steam coming to Linux, and now we can only hope, that it won’t take too much time for completing it.