Close the curtains, plug in your precision-pointer mouse, and axe your social life: Portal is now officially available for Linux.
The revered platform/shooter game had been in a Linux beta since early May. But, from today, Portal for Linux is ‘stable’ and available to buy by all.
If you already own a copy of Portal for PC (Windows) you’ll find a Linux version available for download in your Steam for Linux library.
Anyone else wanting in on the fun can buy Portal for $9.99/£6.99
Portal was first released in 2007. A sequel, Portal 2, followed in 2011.
You can watch a teaser for Portal 2, expected to be made available for Linux later this year, below.
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Steam for Linux users rejoice! Valve has released a Portal Beta for Linux on Steam
Valve, the company behind Steam and several games on the platform, has released a beta version of their critically acclaimed, physics-based puzzler, Portal, for Linux.
What does this mean for fans of Valve games? Well it shows Valve’s continued dedication to Linux as a gaming platform and the ongoing port of the Source game engine to Linux means any non-Valve games that use it will also benefit. Also, this beta release indicates that it’s very likely that the rest of the Half Life and Portal series may be coming to Linux in the not so distant future.
Download The Portal Beta for Linux
If you don’t have Steam already installed you can do so via the Ubuntu Software Centre
Install Steam via the Ubuntu Software Centre
Or directly from Valve:
Download and Install Steam
Or for you command line fans:
sudo dpkg -i steam_latest.deb && sudo apt-get install -fy
If you already have Steam installed, or have just finished installing and setting it up, you can click the following button to download and install the Portal Beta:
Download Portal Beta via Steam Client
Happy portaling! (Spoiler alert: The cake is a lie.)
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