Valve kicked off the week with the launch of a new blog for their Steam Linux development team -- that's right, Valve is working on Steam for Linux. In their first blog post Valve talks about the project's origins, their Linux distribution decision, and what projects they're working on. It's a bright day for Linux gamers, no?
Steam on Linux is currently running on the Ubuntu 12.04 distribution, though they admit they may explore further distros in the future. Why Ubuntu? Well:
"First, we’re just starting development and working with a single distribution is critical when you are experimenting, as we are. It reduces the variability of the testing space and makes early iteration easier and faster. Secondly, Ubuntu is a popular distribution and has recognition with the general gaming and developer communities."
The dev team is currently focusing on getting Steam, with all major features, running in Ubuntu 12.04. They're planning on starting an internal-beta very soon.
How about them games, though? Valve is currently working on porting Left 4 Dead 2 to Ubuntu, as it implements a majority of Steam's major features into its menus and gameplay. From there, Valve would love to bring their whole library over, but that's getting way ahead of themselves.
Expect more news soon, and bookmark Valve's Linux blog to stay up to date.