Steam for Linux Can Now Be Legally Packaged in Other Distros

Valve has added a new license that allows users to add Steam for other distributions

By on February 8th, 2013 15:49 GMT

Steam for Linux, the digital distribution platform developed by Valve, has just received an important update and gets a little closer to a stable release.

Steam for Linux is still in the Beta stage of development and Valve is making a lot of changes to the client.

Highlights of the new Steam for Linux update:

• An executable file system check bug, which occurred when installing games, has been fixed;
• Runtime crashes in libappindicator, XCreateIC have been repaired;
• Launching Steam with STEAM_RUNTIME=0 is now possible;
• A problem connecting to X11 display when XAUTHLOCALHOSTNAME is set, has been fixed;
• The size of the Steam Runtime has been reduced by 50%;
• A license has been added in order to allow repackaging for other Linux distributions.

A complete list of changes can be found in the official announcement. Keep in mind that this is Beta software, so problems are bound to appear.

Download Steam for Linux installer right now from Softpedia.