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.

In a shocking turn of events, Valve show every sign of supporting the Linux releases of their games in much the same fashion every previous PC port to that platform hasn’t. The new update sees performance and stability improved somewhat, which is lovely.

Elsewhere, the patch has introduced crafting blueprints for Demoman secondary weapon the Sticky Jumper, for which you’ll need to have some reclaimed metal and three ullapool cabers handy, and for Soldier rocket jump practice weapon the Rocket Jumper, which will require three mantreads and even mo’ metal.

Promotional items designed to accompany the release of the new Tomb Raider include the Scout’s aesthetically dubious Tomb Wrapper, as well as a fetchingly blood-stained pick axe and a shiny badge for the sartorial use of all classes.

A short while ago, our Steve installed Linux to bag a TF2 Tux penguin. It didn’t go so well. Have you fared better?