Good news for the Linux faithful, as Steam is now officially available on the open source OS. The Linux client had been in a closed beta and then an open one over the past few months, but now everyone running Ubuntu 12.04 and higher. Steam can be downloaded from the Ubuntu Software Center. To celebrate the official launch, Valve is discounting more than 50 Linux games between 50 and 75% until Thursday, February 21, at 10AM PST.
Games such as FTL: Faster Than Light, Bastion, World of Goo, Crusader Kings II, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and, of course, Half-Life 1 are among some of the 50 titles discounted. Serious Sam 3: BFE, Penumbra: Black Plague, and Penumbra: Overture are even 80% off, so there's really no reason to pass up any of these games. Any Linux user who hops into the free-to-play Team Fortress 2 can even gain an exclusive in-game version of Tux, the famous penguin mascot. He's only available for a limited time, so be sure to get him fast.
Canonical's Director of Consumer Applications, David Pitkin, had the following to say on Steam for Linux:
The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers. We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. We’re looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam.
In addition to bringing Steam over, Valve has also included Big Picture mode with the Linux client. This is perfect for anyone with an Ubuntu-powered HTPC in their living room, as it immediately grants access to Steam in a format designed for big screen TVs and game controllers.