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Half Life 2 & Sequels Turn Stable on Steam for Linux

Half Life 2, a popular first-person-shooter game made by Valve, has migrated from beta to stable release on Steam for Linux.

A Linux beta of the game has been available since May.

Half Life 2 is not alone in gaining stable status. Both episodes 1 and 2 of the sequel, as well as spin-off mini-game Half Life 2: Lost Coast also see their beta tags shaken off.

Worth Buying?

Having never played Half Life 2 (or any of its sequels) I can’t say whether it’s worth buying or not. It certainly seems popular with gamers on all platforms, and the enthusiasm for its Linux beta was intense.

Below you’ll find the trailer. If it tempts you, it’s available to buy on Steam for $9.99/£6.99.

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Portal for Linux Leaves Beta, Now Available to All

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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May Stats Show Steam For Linux Use Declining (Updated)

Has interest in Steam for Linux peaked? Judging by recent stats collected by the popular gaming service, a decline is evident.

May results for the Steam Hardware & Software Survey show a drop in the number of Linux users for the third consecutive month.

The percentage of Steam gamers using Linux has fallen from a peak of over 2.0% in February1 – the month directly following its stable release – to a smidge over 1.3% during May.


Rough Percentages of Steam for Linux Share

Why The Drop?

What could be accounting for this drop? Should we be worried? I don’t think so.

Despite some optimistic oratories early on that Linux would overtake OS X  in user numbers, what we’re seeing here isn’t so much of a drop as a settling.

The hype of the initial release inflated interest is now settling into a truer position.. interestingly, while the stats do not represent a direct representation of the 5 million active Steam users (the survey is optional) the Linux share is fluctuating around the same 1-2% mark that analysts insist is the market share of Linux on the desktop.

Another possible factor is that despite the increasing catalogue of games available on Steam for Linux many top-tier titles aren’t yet available. If someone has such games in their Steam Library they’ll have to boot into Windows to play them.

It’s also worth noting that Valve changed the way they present Linux results several months back. Linux distros with marginally small shares (Fedora, Magia, etc) are lumped together with older versions of OS X in an “other OS” category.

This change makes gleaning info on Linux’s share a bit little harder. But, thankfully, we can use the popularity of Ubuntu – the single largest Linux distribution represented on Steam – as a marker.


Ubuntu commands the majority share of all Linux installs. Ubuntu-based Linux Mint comes in second with around 0.2% of the entire 1.3% Linux figure – something worth bearing in mind the next time someone misquotes Distrowatch stats as evidence of user base.

Ubuntu usage on Steam is as follows (from December 2012 through May 2013):

  • December – 0.8%
  • January – 1.12%
  • February – 1.82%
  • March – 1.17%
  • April – 1.11%
  • May – 1.12%

Linux stat presentation aside, we can see that there’s a drop in the number of Ubuntu users on Steam.

Whatever the reasons may be, the small percentage hides the fact that this is still a huge number of users. To put the numbers into perspective Valve say there are 54 million active Steam users. Using the stats above that translates into around  650,000 Ubuntu users.

That’s 650,000 customers who are willing to front up cash to buy games for Linux – a number Valve will not hard to be too upset by.

1 – Reports of February share range from 2% to 2.5%, but 2.02% is the one referenced by a number of reputable sites

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Football Manager 2014 Will Support Linux


Popular PC sport simulation game ‘Football Manager’ will support Linux with its next major release, games developers Sports Interactive have said.

The news means that the upcoming Football Manager 2014 will be the first official release of the series on Linux.

Thanks to Steam, the game will be available to buy on one platform, but install and play on all; you won’t need to buy it again to play it on your Macbook or Windows partition.

Furthermore, the Linux release will support “cross play”, enabling connection with/playing against Mac and PC users.

What Is Football Manager?

Football Manager is a football management simulation game. The goal (pun intended) is to buy, sell, build and train the ultimate football team, play them against others in various tournaments and cups with the aim of coming out top.

The game is made by Sports Interactive and published by Sega and is a continuation of the Championship Manager series started in 1989 by the same developers. Legal fallout from a split with publisher Edios Interactive forced the developers to change the name.

Football Manager is released annually for PC and Mac users, though PSP and XBox 360 versions have been produced in the past.

Football Manager 2014 is expected to see a release date sometime around October.

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‘Half-Life 2′ Hits Linux, Available on Steam

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Half-Life 2 Now Available for Linux

Valve’s lauded first-person shooter Half-Life 2 has finally arrived on Linux.

The Half-Life 2 series’ debut for Linux through Steam comes just after Valve’s release of Portal for Linux last week.

Though originally released for the PC back in 2004, Half-Life 2 has lived on with additional “episodes” and a growing collection of mods to tide over the series’ fans whilst Valve take their time on the next title in the series.

The Future

Valve head Gabe Newell confirmed the company’s work on the second iteration of the Source engine – the engine currently powering Steam titles for Linux like Team Fortress 2, Portal, and the Half-Life 2 series.

Whether Valve debut their new engine with another Half-Life title or something completely different, their continued investment in Linux bodes well for a new Valve release coming much sooner to our platform than the nine-year lag for the original HL2 or the six years for Portal, TF2, and HL2: Episode Two.

Get Half-Life 2

Steam is available from both the Steam website and the Ubuntu Software Center.

Steam on the Ubuntu Software Center

Download and Install Steam

Half-Life 2 on Steam

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Valve Release Portal Beta For Linux

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.

Some Inference

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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Alienware Joins the Ubuntu OEM Family

Alienware (a Dell Inc. subsidiary) begins offering its first Ubuntu-powered PC targeted at gamers.

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The Alienware x51 series is a standalone PC tower which you would attach to your own TV and peripherals and starts at $599 (ranging up to $1049, with “build yours” options).

Ubuntu on Alienware

Regarding Ubuntu, Alienware describes it’s “simple and stylish” nature, and highlights that it’s “fast and secure” and offers “free applications and storage”, not to mention explaining (to newcomers, presumably) the plethora of Ubuntu default applications.

Alienware also plugs Steam for Linux as the gaming platform on this PC, noting the rapidly expanding Linux game library that Steam provides.

Video Hardware

Arguably the most important element for gaming is the graphics card and the X51 systems offer NVIDIA hardware. Of course, under Ubuntu you would have NVIDIA’s supported drivers out-of-the-box, so you would be able to game right away. Having said that, it probably would be ideal to keep tabs on updates for the drivers regularly.

More info

You can check out the Alienware website for more info on the x51 series, such as the range of hardware specifications and availability.

Alienware X51 with Ubuntu 

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