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System Shock 2 Linux port means soundtrack, radio interviews and more for Steam owners

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System Shock 2 Linux port means soundtrack, radio interviews and more for Steam owners

Hands are often wrung in places where journalists congregate (courts, houses of ill repute, gaols) over whether news can ever truly be objective, or whether the becoming long brown coat of the reporter simply conceals their own selfish purposes and prejudices.

Let this post serve as proof of the latter - for though you’ve been tempted here for the dirty on System Shock 2’s new Linux version, it’s all a big sham. An excuse to sell you on this cold, cruel game I’ve fallen unrequitedly in love with on Windows lately.

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Joe Danger shifts into Linux and Mac gears

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Joe Danger shifts into Linux and Mac gears

If you want to put a big, beaming smile on that face of yours, you need to play Joe Danger. What did you say? You game exclusivley on a Linux machine now Steam started supporting the penguin-fronted OS, and your back-up is a MacBook? Well that’s no excuse, not now Joe Danger and sequel Joe Danger 2 are coming to Mac and Linux. 

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Nvidia extend olive branch to Linux developers

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Nvidia extend olive branch to Linux developers

That’s Linus Torvalds up there - the ‘Linu’ in ‘Linux’ - swearing in the general direction of Nvidia. He last year labelled the GPU specialists the “single worst company" the Linux kernal has ever worked with.

This week, by contrast, he’s “cautiously optimistic" about Nvidia’s future relationship with Linux developers, after the company pledged to help improve “out-of-the-box usability" with open source drivers.

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Valve's masterplan for Linux: the Steambox, Big Picture and the future of PC gaming

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Valve's masterplan for Linux: the Steambox, Big Picture and the future of PC gaming

“What have we been doing?" Valve’s Gabe Newell asks the LinuxCon audience after praising the innovation the PC’s open platform fosters.

Turns out Valve have a plan. They want the openness of the PC to be accessible on every screen. We’ve already seen its early stages; the developer released its Linux client in 2013 and have been inviting developers to release Linux versions of their games through Steam ever since.

The Steam Box is the next step in their plan. After that? Well… then it gets interesting.

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New Team Fortress 2 update fixes VR woes and improves the Linux version

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New Team Fortress 2 update fixes VR woes and improves the Linux version

Everyone has been tinkering with virtual reality as more Oculus Rift developer kits arrive on people's doorsteps everyday. Their testing ground: Team Fortress 2. Valve are hot on the case with fixes and patches, the latest primarily aimed at the VR mode. Also, the Linux version of Team Fortress 2 has has “Improved performance and stability", which can only be a good thing.

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Team Fortress 2 Linux performance improved in new update

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Team Fortress 2 Linux performance improved in new update

You might have watched a grey, mercurial bar trickle along the bottom of your Steam client early this week, and not for the first time wondered what it was playing at. Well, that will have been TF2 patching in the latest promo items, a couple of new crafting recipes and a notable fix or two - especially notable for those who identify as penguin.

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Four stupid mistakes I made when installing Linux to get a free Team Fortress 2 penguin

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Four stupid mistakes I made when installing Linux to get a free Team Fortress 2 penguin

Earlier this week I called Linux a dumb operating system for jerks because I'd had a bad time with Ubuntu, which in hindsight is like saying wheels are a terrible idea because you saw a car crash. Ubuntu isn't Linux, it's just the damp towel around Linux's waist, the gaudy umbrella in its cocktail, the lens through which its light shines, the hole in the cubicle wall through which its genitals protrude. Ubuntu is a contentious facade wrapped around the innocent Linux, and I didn't make this clear enough in my previous article. A few people got in touch to point this out, offering friendly advice and helpful direction, taking me softly by the hand and whispering gentle wisdom in my ears. So here are the four biggest mistakes I made when installing Ubuntu, that you might avoid doing the same.

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Steam update includes support for Linux; adds offline messaging

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Steam update includes support for Linux; adds offline messagingA new Steam client update has been released, that adds official support for Linux and some much needed improvements.Now you can send your friends messages while they’re offline, receiving them when they next log back in. It’s like instant message magic. A bit. 

Read more about it while you restart Steam, after the break:

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CS: Source is now available for Linux

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CS: Source is now available for Linux

You may remember that Valve released Half-Life for Linux and the Mac a few weeks back, including the classic version of Counter-Strike with it. Well, now Counter-Strike: Source is now available for both operating systems too and I’m sure we’ll soon be seeing games like Half-Life 2 and Day of Defeat: Source (both already available for the Mac) also making the leap to Linux.

Speaking at the Ubuntu Summit in Copenhagen last year, Valve engineer Drew Bliss said that Valve were interested in developing for Linux and were “now looking into doing Steam for Linux and supporting as many of our Steam games for Linux as we can." Valve had just launched beta applications for a Linux version of Steam.

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9 things we learned from Gabe Newell's DICE keynote

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9 things we learned from Gabe Newell's DICE keynote

Last night, Valve’s co-founder and MD Gabe Newell took to the stage at the 2013 DICE summit to explain some of the thinking between Valve’s eye-catching announcements and initiatives. In a thirty minute talk titled “A View on Next Steps", he covered Valve’s hardware plans, the growing Steam economy, and why Valve are working on Linux. Much of what he says would feel like sci-fi five years ago. Here’s what we learned.

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Half-Life and Counter-Strike 1.6 released on Mac and Linux; better late than never. Right, guys? Guys?

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Half-Life and Counter-Strike 1.6 released on Mac and Linux; better late than never. Right, guys? Guys?It may have taken 15 years but both Half-Life and Counter-Strike 1.6 have been released for Mac and Linux users.

While the clamour for their release may not have been deafening that quiet may be more potent evidence of Valve's commitment to the other platforms that if it had been loudly desired.

More below (though only a little).

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Valve and Xi3 unveil tiny living room Steam and Linux powered PC; modular computer “exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand”

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Valve and Xi3 unveil tiny living room Steam and Linux powered PC; modular computer “exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand”

When rumours abounded and rebounded about a future Steam Box reveal yesterday, we speculated about an appearance at GDC or E3, in March and June. But no - try today. Today is the day we find out what the Steam Box is.

It’s a Steam-based modular PC, designed to be played on large, high definition TV displays. The computer is in “development stage" at modular tech company Xi3 thanks to an investment from Valve.

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