Valve has announced on their official blog that Left 4 Dead 2 and digital distribution service Steam are coming in full force to Ubuntu. This has been one of Valve's goals for quite some time and they didn't just want their games and service on Linux, they wanted them working like a horse in a bailey field.
Originally, Valve simply wanted to port over Steam to Linux and get it working just the same way that it does for other platforms, however, they decided that it didn't make sense porting over Steam if games didn't work for it. So instead of just porting over Steam and making it work to the best of its abilities, Valve has been porting Steam and Left 4 Dead 2 at the same time so not only will Steam make it onto Linux in its full working form it will also arrive with an AAA title to boot. Snazzy, eh?
As stated on the blog...
Since the Steam client isn’t much without a game, we’re also porting L4D2 to Ubuntu. This tests the game-related features of the Steam client, in addition to L4D2 gameplay on Ubuntu. Over the last few months, excellent progress has been made on several fronts and it now runs natively on Ubuntu 12.04. We’re working hard to improve the performance and have made good progress (more on that in a future post). Our goal is to have L4D2 performing under Linux as well as it performs under Windows.
Well that's definitely good news for Linux users.
It's funny because Valve is working hard to support gaming on multiple platforms even though technically they really don't have to. It's a bit of the opposite of what's happening in other video game publishing camps, but I don't think it's necessary to name names...unless you absolutely want me to.
Right now, as of the publishing of this article, Valve is focused finishing up the Steam Summer Sale and offering great products at a great value. We'll keep you posted on additional updates regarding Steam and other Valve products making an appearance on Linux systems.