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Portal Now Available On Linux 115

Posted by timothy
from the this-may-be-your-thing dept.
alancronin writes "Valve have released Portal for Linux through the Steam platform. If you have a copy of the Windows version you will automatically have a copy of it for Linux in your account. There are also rumors of Portal 2 coming soon."
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Portal Now Available On Linux

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  • Finally... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Stormwatch (703920) <rodrigogirao@@@hotmail...com> on Sunday May 05, 2013 @02:47PM (#43635833) Homepage

    Linux users now can do cake jokes. [xkcd.com]

  • by liamdawe (2492806) on Sunday May 05, 2013 @03:00PM (#43635895)
    Since Phoronix claimed originally it was both just to clear it up only Portal 1 is out for Linux, there are no hints about Portal 2 despite this article stating it and linking to a source for Portal 2 (the source of that info is an idiot). Daily linux gaming news can be found on www.gamingonlinux.com [gamingonlinux.com] by the way :) where we actually check facts properly ;)
    • by cstdenis (1118589)

      Source engine has been ported so they are very likely to eventually port all the games that use it.

      • by phorm (591458)

        Left 4 Dead 2 is still a favorite at many of the LAN events I attend.
        If that one gets ported, it will probably do well for moving some users over to 'nix.

        For my part, it'll be installed in the PXE-boot gaming platform that I've got at my place.

      • by liamdawe (2492806)
        Well yes I bet they will but for a website to claim it's coming as it's in their all games list is just stupid, it as the name implies, lists all your games.
  • "Released" is a bit strong a term; the port is still marked "beta."

  • Valve should consider Portal and Portal 2 along with a few other AAA titles to give away with SteamBox. That would give gamers an incentive for giving it a shot.

    • by KZigurs (638781)

      What portion of the target market already has these games, have played through them repeatedly and knows every single hook and nook by heart?

      • by BenJeremy (181303)

        Exactly why to provide these titles, and some... besides, existing Steam aren't the primary "target market" - console gamers are. Steam users will see the benefit without a prod of free games, but you need to hook console gamers.

        Not just the Portal games, of course, at least one or two other AAA titles, and maybe some smaller, indie titles.

        The purpose of the steambox is to GROW their market, not provide existing users another way to play Steam games.

        • by bloodhawk (813939)
          Console gamers are a fussy bunch. Giving them 6 year old games for free is unlikely to be much of an incentive, live and PSN already give them access to cheap or free games, they all look forward to their next Mario, Zelda, Halo, Gears of War, God of War, Uncharted etc. Unless Steam can entice them with something new that competes for their fanboi love I think Steambox will fail miserably at appealing to a new audience, it is going to have to rely on existing Steam fans.
  • Excellent news - more and more reasons to stay in Ubuntu and less and less reasons to boot to Win7. Hats off to the devs that have ported this. Does this mean that we can expect HL2 etc to follow shortly, given it's the same engine?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS

  • I'm going to be a crybaby and point out OpenGL won't play my Portal copy on Steam with my crappy Intel GMA 950 graphics in Ubuntu 12.04. Mod me down. Using the worst in computer hardware since 1997.
    • My 7600GT is good enough for me (almost, it's maybe badly cooled) but not for Source games even though it has recent drivers, is the tech found in the PS3 and ran Left4Dead fast enough under Windows.

    • It's actually a bad issue, you can buy games on Steam without any notice as whether you will be able to run them.
      My card supports OpenGL 2.1 and was made by the best OpenGL vendor so I thought it would do the job, until you try to run the game and it say bullshit about gl_pixelcolorbitmaps or some shit like that.

  • Looks the same, plays the same, but a little lag when PackageKit ran. Interesting that GNOME Shell notifications appear over the game. Can't wait for Portal 2 to be released so I can finally try two-player (I only have one machine that has a Windows install capable of running it).
  • Great of Valve to release Steam for linux and to port their games - but bloody surprising all the Steam engine, Valve made games weren't ALL read at the actual time of launch of the product. I'm sure it's not a 5 minute task to port their engine - but once they did so, one would've thought the other products would be, somewhat trivial.

    Good work but not a flying start for what some speculate may be Valves long term future.

  • Nice (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Culture20 (968837) on Sunday May 05, 2013 @09:56PM (#43638055)
    Let me know when there's a DRM free version; preferably FOSS.
    • by Rhacman (1528815)
      Let us all know when you finish coding it. You could call it: "Doorways: The Toaster Strudel is a Fallacy".
  • Played Portal on Ubuntu last night - crashed on the tutorial and I needed to reboot. Maybe it was a one time thing. Left 4 Dead 2 was also released and it runs amazing. Just wish Guild Wars 2 would be released on GNU/Linux.
  • In an ideal world, code is 100% portable, and not a single line of code ever needs to be changed when porting. The reality of software development, however, and especially game development in my experience, is that software deadlines don't generally give the programmers the luxury of testing for every single platform. Producers expectations are nothing more than "make it work", and "make it work on time", without any regard for what might really be under the hood. Writing code that is portable and ex

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