Attempting to play games on Linux has always been a bit of a chore, with WINE compatibility often hit and miss. Valve has taken to its blog to reveal that a dedicated team has been put in place to try and bring Steam and games such as Left 4 Dead 2 to Linux. The team was first set up in 2011 with three simple goals: get Steam fully working on Linux, make sure Left 4 Dead 2 works at high framerates using OpenGL, and port extra Valve titles.
Currently the team is focused on getting the Steam client fully working on Ubuntu. Valve say that it’s important that the efforts are only focused on one Linux distribution for now to make sure the foundation of the software is solid. After that, more attention can be paid to other builds. Steam reportedly runs well under Ubuntu 12.04 with all the major features working, and Left 4 Dead 2 also runs natively in Linux.
Not much else has been revealed, but the team says the game runs well, and that they’re hoping to bring performance up to speed with the Windows version of the game. The team will be posting regular updates to the Valve blog, so mosey on over there and bookmark it to keep an eye to stay abreast of any developments.