Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute a large number of games and related media entirely over the Internet, from small independent efforts to larger, more popular games. Steam is set apart from similar services primarily by its community features, completely automated game update process, and its use of in-game functionality.

On the same day that Valve brought Steam to the Mac the Telegraph is reporting that Valve has said to expect a Linux Client in the next few months. I know from reading various message boards as well as talking with friends that a huge reason for not switching to Linux was lack of gaming support. Linux has had programs such as WINE and Cedega that allow windows games to be played natively in Linux, but this will be the first truly large scale adoption of Linux as a gaming platform.

I know this meme is old but will the huge gaming library of Steam be enough for us to actually see the Year of the Linux Desktop?

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