Steam for Linux Now Available

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Valve announced today that Steam is now available on Linux.  They've also launched a sale of Linux games - for this week, you can get games that run on all OSs (typically at least Windows and Linux) for up to 75% off!

Steam is currently available most readily in the Ubuntu distribution of Linux, and can be downloaded from the Ubuntu Software Center.  The folks over at Canonical were happy to partner with Steam, and had this to say:

"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."

If players play Team Fortress 2 on Linux, they'll get a limited time free in game item - a Tux hat.  Big Picture Mode is also a part of the Steam for Linux experience, bringing 10 foot play to Linux as well as Windows.  Other major releases, like Serious Sam, are also being made available on Linux:

"We're huge fans of Linux. It's like the indie OS-a perfect home for our indie game," said Alen Ladavac, CTO of Croteam, creator of the Serious Sam franchise of games. "And who better to lead the charge into Linux gaming than Valve? With Steam distribution on Windows, Mac OS, and now Linux, plus the buy-once, play-anywhere promise of Steam Play, our games are available to everyone, regardless what type of computer they're running. That's huge."

Linux is available now, and is free.  The Steam for Linux sale continues from today until Feb 21.

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