Steam for Linux has finally left its beta stage behind, and is now available for download as of 15 February from the Ubuntu Software Center. In addition, Valve is holding another Steam sale, which discounts over 50 titles for the new platform until 21 February.
Valve has been critical of Windows as of late, saying Microsoft’s OS has become too closed in recent iterations. They confirmed Steam for Linux last July. Additionally, Valve’s upcoming and anticipated Steam Box will run on the open source OS, although the client will open up a broader market to developers from the start.
“The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and [developers],” stated David Pitkin, director of consumer applications for Canonical. “We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. We’re looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind.”
The Linux client also includes Big Picture mode, which means some Steam users who grow impatient will now find it quick and easy to build Steam Boxes themselves.