Hooray! Valve has finally released the popular gaming platform, Steam, for Linux users. Right now it’s only supported under Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10, using the Unity, Gnome or KDE desktop environments. Steams says that more Linux distributions will be fully supported if/when time permits. Perhaps they will include other popular distributions such as LinuxMint (a fork of Ubuntu), Fedora and more. If they only support Ubuntu, maybe they will support a different desktop environment such as the lightweight Xfce.
The Steam installer and Ubuntu desktop are both free to download and install. As a big supporter of free and open source software, hopefully this news will entice more people to give Linux (Ubuntu specifically) a try on their desktops. I can’t wait to try it; give it a go yourselves!