04 Sep 2016

VIDEO: Gabe Newell – Linux Is The Future Of Gaming


Many people don’t switch to Linux due to their PC Games not being playable. Oh how soon may that change.

Gabe Newell, Co-Founder of Valve gave a speech at LinuxCon in 2013 about the future of Linux gaming. Valve is the creator of Steam, the pioneering game platform that distributes and manages thousands of games directly to a community of more than 65 million players around the world.

Newell believe that the future of gaming and content creation will be with Linux and Open Source Software. It’s free and open without all the loops and hoops to jump through like you would have dealing with Apple App Stores or Google Play and Windows.

Valve added Linux gaming to their beloved online Gaming software Steam in February 2013.

“The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers,” said Ubuntu developer Canonical’s director of consumer applications David Pitkin in a statement. “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.”

The addition of Linux to Steam came three years after Valve had stated they had no interest in developing Steam for Linux distributions.

Linux + Steam has brought us great new additions to gaming since their 2013 team up, including the Steam Box, which are stand-alone devices that let you enjoy the Steam gaming experience in one box, providing gamers with a host of hardware devices at a variety of price points and configurations. Customize a gaming experience that best suits your needs while choosing from Steam’s thousands of games, user-generated content, and more from any room in the home.

The video is from LinuxCon & CloudOpen North America in New Orleans, LA. Join Gabe Newell as he shares his insights on the future of Linux gaming.

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13 Apr 2016

Steam OS 2.68 ‘Brewmaster’ Beta

SteamOS 2.68 Brewmaster Beta comes only three weeks after the previous Beta version 2.67, which added fixes to the built-in PulseAudio sound server and the GRUB bootloader.

This update follows Debian 8.4 ‘Jesse’ update and will be rebased upon it.

SteamOS now brings a new version of the APT package manager.

The announcement for 2.68:

A handful of minor updates to sync with the Debian 8.4 release[www.debian.org] and the usual collection of security fixes.

Remember to keep in mind that this is a Beta version of SteamOS and not the official release.

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25 Mar 2016

Linux Gaming News: Stardew Valley Developers Say Linux Is Their Top Priority

A developer for the hit Steam game Stardew Valley hosted an “Ask Me Anything” thread on Reddit recently and among the questions a Reddit user asked when will we get Stardew Valley on Linux/Mac OS.

The developer responded:

“Mac/Linux ports are one of my top priorities. I will start looking into it seriously very soon, I promise. I’ve been doing things one at a time, and I will get to the Mac/Linux question here soon. It’s just a matter of what order I do everything in, and it’s hard to know exactly what’s best.”

Stardew Valley trailer:

About Stardew Valley:

Stardew Valley is an open-ended country-life RPG, coming to PC on February 26th, 2016!

You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!


  • Turn your overgrown field into a lively farm! Raise animals, grow crops, start an orchard, craft useful machines, and more! You’ll have plenty of space to create the farm of your dreams.


  • Improve your skills over time. As you make your way from a struggling greenhorn to a master farmer, you’ll level up in 5 different areas: farming, mining, combat, fishing, and foraging. As you progress, you’ll learn new cooking and crafting recipes, unlock new areas to explore, and customize your skills by choosing from a variety of professions.


  • Become part of the local community. With over 30 unique characters living in Stardew Valley, you won’t have a problem finding new friends! Each person has their own daily schedule, birthday, unique mini-cutscenes, and new things to say throughout the week and year. As you make friends with them, they will open up to you, ask you for help with their personal troubles, or tell you their secrets! Take part in seasonal festivals such as the luau, haunted maze, and feast of the winter star.


  • Explore a vast, mysterious cave. As you travel deeper underground, you’ll encounter new and dangerous monsters, powerful weapons, new environments, valuable gemstones, raw materials for crafting and upgrading tools, and mysteries to be uncovered.


  • Breathe new life into the valley. Since JojaMart opened, the old way of life in Stardew Valley has changed. Much of the town’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair. Help restore Stardew Valley to it’s former glory by repairing the old community center, or take the alternate route and join forces with Joja Corporation.


  • Court and marry a partner to share your life on the farm with. There are 10 available bachelors and bachelorettes to woo, each with unique character progression cutscenes. Once married, your partner will live on the farm with you. Who knows, maybe you’ll have kids and start a family?


  • Spend a relaxing afternoon at one of the local fishing spots. The waters are teeming with seasonal varieties of delicious fish. Craft bait, bobbers, and crab pots to help you in your journey toward catching every fish and becoming a local legend!


  • Donate artifacts and minerals to the local museum.


  • Cook delicious meals and craft useful items to help you out. With over 100 cooking and crafting recipes, you’ll have a wide variety of items to create. Some dishes you cook will even give you temporary boosts to skills, running speed, or combat prowess. Craft useful objects like scarecrows, oil makers, furnaces, or even the rare and expensive crystalarium.


  • Customize the appearance of your character and house. With hundreds of decorative items to choose from, you’ll have no trouble creating the home of your dreams!
  • Over two hours of original music.


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