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Are the game really ported (recodes specifically for Linux), or dooes Steam run through wine or a compatibility layer?
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This is great news!
Does anybody know if Steam will work with Kubuntu ? I know Kubuntu and Ubuntu share the same underpinnings, the first uses KDE and the second uses Gnome, and that you can even change the UI to make Ubuntu become Kubuntu and vice-versa after you have installed it, but I don't know 100% the implications of using a particular OS with a particular GUI. Will it work, are the repositories the same, and if not will Steam be available for KDE users ?

Your desktop interface won't be an issue, I can assure you that. Now why I can safely say such a thing:

1. Your desktop interface is very separated from the OS. Anything you download from the Ubuntu software center will work whether you're using Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, etc. The only difference from all of the "insert letter here"-ubuntu's is the desktop interface, otherwise, it's all Ubuntu. Desktop interfaces for Linux are designed to be fairly modular and separate, that's why you can actually choose which one you want to log into (if it's installed) at the log-in screen with the same user (at least, you can in Ubuntu, I haven't tried it in any other distros, I'm still new to Linux tongue.gif)

2. If there is some sort of issue, maybe something regarding multiple displays, or window manager shortcuts, rest assured that there will be plenty of knowledgeable and willing people out there with the same issue who will fix it for you (or tell you how to fix it yourself). That's one of the beauties of an open source OS. If it isn't officially patched, you can do a quick google search online and find a solution, then implement it yourself. It's not that tough! I just got an adapter today for a second monitor and I got it set up in about 15 minutes with a little googling and command line fun. Even though Xfce and the ATI drivers both decided the second monitor should just be a mirror of my primary monitor, it was a breeze to find a work around. thumb.gif

So on the good news, I am soooo excited for this beta! The less time I spend in Windows, and the more time I spend in Linux, the happier I am biggrin.gif
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Yay, I hope this develops fast so I can run linux on my HTPC!
    
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Are the game really ported (recodes specifically for Linux), or dooes Steam run through wine or a compatibility layer?
The games have to be ported.
L4D2 will be the first game on Steam for Linux and it runs natively .
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Well, we will see how it goes i guess.
Im not going to be jumping for joy any time soon untill they start importing games i like publicly.
And if AMD and INTEL arent going to support linux, i cant imagen this going that great.
Im no linux expert by any means. just piecing things together as i see em rolleyes.gif
And even if it were to end up working, if linux is going to be too much of a pain to try and get working optimaly... i think ill just stick with windows anyways.

You're a pragmatic person, that's good.
IMHO, Linux desktop still has a long way to go to get a lot of people fully switching.
At the moment, we're just happy that we have another OS choice that CAN be viable for gaming (at least officially supported). Here's hoping this will be a catalyst for more things to come for Linux desktop.
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I'm just hoping this is a big step toward getting good Linux distros the recognition and adoption they deserve. I'm not an everyday *nix user myself but I always have at least one good linux box and have mad respect for the open world! yessir.gif
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Well, we will see how it goes i guess.
Im not going to be jumping for joy any time soon untill they start importing games i like publicly.
And if AMD and INTEL arent going to support linux, i cant imagen this going that great.
Im no linux expert by any means. just piecing things together as i see em rolleyes.gif
And even if it were to end up working, if linux is going to be too much of a pain to try and get working optimaly... i think ill just stick with windows anyways.

I agree, and the BIGGEST question of them all.... "All of my games and apps run on Windows, I know how to use Windows, the $30-80 cost is not an issue (or bundled with a new PC), I have few problems with Windows, and everyone else uses Windows... what's the incentive for me to switch when it costs me time to re-learn, money to get new tools that work with Linux, and effort to switch things over, with many of my programs/games not running at all on it? Why bother?"
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I agree, and the BIGGEST question of them all.... "All of my games and apps run on Windows, I know how to use Windows, the $30-80 cost is not an issue (or bundled with a new PC), I have few problems with Windows, and everyone else uses Windows... what's the incentive for me to switch when it costs me time to re-learn, money to get new tools that work with Linux, and effort to switch things over, with many of my programs/games not running at all on it? Why bother?"

There's a lot wrong with that statement but I'll just let you be. And when did windows drop under 100USD to buy? If it is then that shows just how far MS has dropped.
     
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Will this only be available in the form of ubuntu packaging or will I will be able to repackage the source for my LInux mint Debian? I want but I do not what to have to run a VM just for that. Might as well run windows in that regard.
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Will this only be available in the form of ubuntu packaging or will I will be able to repackage the source for my LInux mint Debian? I want but I do not what to have to run a VM just for that. Might as well run windows in that regard.
It will more than likely be packaged as a .deb file specifically for Ubuntu.
Ubuntu will be officially supported for the limited beta and it's unclear right now if it will work properly on other distributions.
Do I think it will work with Mint?
Possibly with some tweaking.

I'll poke around for an answer. wink.gif
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