Limited Access Steam for Linux Beta Coming In October

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2012 - 09:07 PM |
Tagged: valve, steam, linux, gaming

Valve software is slowly but surely moving towards supporting the open source Linux operating system with a new Steam client. The latest milestone is an announcement by Valve that it is extending the beta beyond its privately selected internal testers to a limited number of public users.

The upcoming public beta will be rolled out soon along with a sign up page where the public can apply. From that sign up list, Valve will be selecting 1,000 applicants to test the Linux version of its Steam client.

While Valve has not announced a specific date for the start of the beta (or when the sign up page will go live) beyond that it is coming “sometime in October,” the company did provide a couple of tidbits of information on the beta client software.

The (limited) public beta will include the Steam game client, and a single Valve game. This beta client will run on Ubuntu 12.04 or above. Unfortunately, the beta will not include any additional playable games. Also the beta client will not include the recently released (on Windows) Big Picture Mode functionality.

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Many users are speculating that the single game hinted at in the announcement will be the company’s latest zombie co-op shooter Left 4 Dead 2, as Valve has shown off the game running on Linux before. Valve has stated that it is extending the beta beyond its internal testers to attempt to get a wider sample size and to be able to test the beta software on as many varied hardware configurations as possible.

Gamers that want a chance to be one of the 1,000 users that will be asked to participate in the beta should keep an eye out on the Linux blog on Valve's website.

Granted, this is a small step, and the final Steam client for Linux is probably a ways off still, but I am still excited. Like Scott mentioned, gaming is one of the things keeping me with Windows despite my interest in Linux Mint (that OS really flies on my system! ).

Source: Valve

September 29, 2012 | 10:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I really hope this idea becomes mainstream in the future.

September 29, 2012 | 11:36 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

I think my sentiments about this are, too, abundantly clear.

September 30, 2012 | 12:08 PM - Posted by dreamer77dd

i think this will help me go to Linux if i see that their is more value on that platform, like games and programs i use on windows. i might be more willing to explore it more but Windows has it's hand son me still. i do think Linux is a better software just needs to be more user friendly and more supported with software. i think android is helping and Steam and hopefully other companies jump on board. I know how to fix windows i am lost with Linux. i think people need to know how Linux makes money and why developers continue to use this software. Why develop for something that doe snot pay you like Firefox, why fix bugs if you are not getting paid to do it. i think the general people need to understand. I am also confused with Linux so many versions. i like Ubuntu. That was my thoughts for now, probably change later.

October 1, 2012 | 03:46 AM - Posted by billgatez (not verified)

The biggest problem i see for Steam on Linux is Direct-X and MS.

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