So, Valve has a new blog. Not just any blog, of course—this isn’t about the company’s day and, no, they don’t feel like discussing their feelings—but they’d like to present what they call “Steam’d Penguins.”
No, PETA won’t be on their case for this one.
For those not in the know, Tux is the official mascot of the Linux kernel, from which have spun off countless open-source operating systems. Tux is also a penguin, and in this case, Valve’s clever little bit of wordplay is their way of revealing that, yes, they are officially working on a Steam client for Ubuntu 12.04. Ubuntu, as one of the more readily accessible Linux distributions, makes a lot of sense as a stable platform on which Valve can rebuild its library for the open-source set.
More interesting, perhaps, is what this might entail for Linux gamers. Steam is a huge force within PC gaming, the leader in digital distribution sales for the platform. Spreading to Mac OSX a couple of years back was a move followed by a surprising variety of once PC-only titles getting a specially configured rerelease on OSX. If Steam proves similarly popular on Linux, could we see history repeat itself?
By Shelby Reiches