Steam for Linux May be Coming Sooner than Expected
While it's no secret that the Steam Linux client is in the works, a beta version could very well be coming soon. Valve has not disclosed any release date, but it's speculated to arrive just before Windows 8 launches, which is October 26. Given the hostile reception Gabe Newell and other PC luminaries heaped upon Windows 8, an alternative operating system for computer gaming that doesn't have as much restrictions as Microsoft's soon-to-arrive OS could be an interesting option. The challenge is whether more users will actually flock over to Linux to play games, but steps are already being done to gradually ease the transition. A healthy number of supported Linux games are en route, although if Linux is to succeed long term as gaming platform, hardware manufacturers and game publishers need to support the OS in a big way, something which hopefully Valve can help sort out.