Just a year after Valve released a Mac version of its popular Steam gaming service, Gaben and Co. are bringing Steam to Linux, according to a Linux blogger who has been to Valve HQ to see the progress of the port.
Michael Larabel of Phoronix says Valve has been working on Linux versions of Steam and the Source engine for some time, but the project took off recently after Gabe Newell himself stepped into a lead role.
Larabel got to test a beta version of Steam, running on Ubuntu, and he said that it works with one game right now: Left 4 Dead 2. L4D2 is a great test case, though, because it uses a recent implementation of Source.
Valve intends to port the rest of its back catalog to Linux once L4D2 is done, making them, in Larabel's opinion, "the most Linux-friendly game company."