Left 4 Dead 2 Linux Beta is Now Available

Left 4 Dead 2 Linux Beta is Now Available

Valve has been making a concerted effort towards promoting Linux as a viable gaming platform, in part because it still fears Microsoft may eventually take a walled garden approach to Windows. Whether or not that fear is founded, it's full Steam ahead into open source territory, with the latest achievement toward that end being the release of the Left 4 Dead 2 beta for Linux.

"The beta build not only allows Linux owners to play the game natively, it is also the testing ground for our new Extended Mutation System," the L4D2 team stated in a blog post. "If you currently own Left 4 Dead 2, You should see 'Left 4 Dead 2 Beta' in your library. If it doesn’t show up, restart Steam. This is a complete build of Left 4 Dead 2, so the build is as large as the current game."

Steam Left 4 Dead 2 Linux Beta

Even though it's intended for Linux, the beta version also contains updated Windows and Mac clients, so you can still test the beta even if you're not running under Linux. The beta includes reworked add-on management to improve stability and a few other changes.

Supported campaigns in the Linux version include Diescraper Redux, Urban Flight, Back to School, and City 17.
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I have a steam account just to play Civilization, but I'm not much of a gamer. However anything that contributes to Linux's economic viability is OK by me. I want the major graphics titles ported to Linux and this can only help. For Serious photography, Linux just isn't ready for prime time. (Yes, Yes, I know about Gimp, Darktable, and Digikam, but they aren't Lightroom or even Serif Photo Plus. And Corel seems determined to kill After Shot Pro for some reason.)

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My hope is, that with the push Steam is making, other software devs will adapt.

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A beta for Portal became available just the other day as well. It's funny - I recently re-started Portal 2 because I was getting impatient with waiting for it to come to Linux. But the way things are going, it's bound to hit soon.

Getting a little anxious for Half-Life 2 on Linux.

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RWilliams:

A beta for Portal became available just the other day as well. It's funny - I recently re-started Portal 2 because I was getting impatient with waiting for it to come to Linux. But the way things are going, it's bound to hit soon.

Getting a little anxious for Half-Life 2 on Linux.

That would be awesome!  Portal 2 was one of the first things that I wanted to get running on Linux, until I realized that I couldn't, at which point I was really disappointed... Hopefully one day soon I will be able to play it on my Linux machine in the living room :D

Anything that makes Linux a more viable OS solution is a good thing!  Hopefully one day we will see triple A games come out that natively support Linux on release day!

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Getting a little anxious to play Half-Life: Episode 3 on any platform.

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