There has been one major platform that has been overlooked in regards to Valve’s Steam service and that is Linux. Rumors have circulated for years that THE major digital distribution platform would finally make its way to the open source platform and over the weekend Valve confirmed the existence of the “Steam Penguins” project.
They aim to port the full steam client to Ubuntu 12.04 and currently the small team is working on porting the client over alongside Left 4 Dead 2, which will be the first game to support Linux. Valve has used Linux servers for years, the company says, and development of the Ubuntu version of Steam began in 2011.
Over on the official blog they stated:
The goal of the Steam client project is a fully-featured Steam client running on Ubuntu 12.04. We’ve made good progress this year and now have the Steam client running on Ubuntu with all major features available. We’re still giving attention and effort to minor features but it’s a good experience at the moment. In the near future, we will be setting up an internal beta focusing on the auto-update experience and compatibility testing