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Steam For Linux Officially Released, Available In Ubuntu Software Center

This could be the ‘beginning’ of a new era for Linux desktop. Valve has officially released Steam for Linux client. Valve is not shying away from using the word Linux on it’s home page. With the launch of the official client the company is also offering heavy discounts on games for Linux – over 50 Linux titles are now 50-75% off until Thursday, February 21st at 10 AM PST.

In addition to games, the Steam for Linux client includes Big Picture, the new mode of Steam designed for use with a TV and game controller. With Steam for Linux and Big Picture mode, Valve anticipates a growing number of gamers will use Steam in the living room.

The company is endorsing Ubuntu Linux and says:

Ubuntu is our favorite version of Linux. Interested in giving it a whirl? You can install and run Ubuntu from a Live CD or USB stick, or install it to run alongside Windows.

Grab an Ubuntu installer from Canonical and see what it’s all about.

“The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers,” said David Pitkin, Director of Consumer Applications at Canonical. “We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. We’re looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam.”

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The Steam client is available to download for free from the Ubuntu Software Center. Valve has established Ubuntu as a strong player against Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s Mac.

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