Valve Announces Steam for Linux External Beta

Valve Announces Steam for Linux External Beta

Valve’s much-ballyhooed expansion of the Source engine and Steam to the Linux world just took a major step forward with the announcement of a private external beta. If you’re running Ubuntu, you could be one of the lucky 1,000 users to take Steam and a Valve game for a spin sometime in October. Of course, if you’re really lucky, you’re probably gearing up for the private internal beta, which starts next week.

Mere mortals can watch the Valve Linux team blog for the sign-up sheet, which has yet to be posted. In a blog post today, the team says that, while Big Picture mode won’t be available in the beta, you’ll have everything you need: Steam and a Valve game. The team doesn’t say which game that will be, but given that it has been working with Left 4 Dead 2 lately, that seems to be a likely candidate.

Valve Launches Beta Of Steam

Left 4 Dead 2, which Valve has been focusing on as it moves Steam and Source to Linux.

You’ll be responsible for having a system with Ubuntu 12.04 or newer and for knowing what you’re doing with Linux. The team will make a 64-bit version of the software available at some future date (and hasn’t said that it will be part of this beta) and also plans to have an improved user install at some point down the road. The team stresses that Ubuntu won’t be the only Linux distro as things progress, but that it wants to stick to Ubuntu for now, to make testing and changes more efficient.
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> Of course, if you’re really lucky, you’re probably gearing up for the private internal beta, which starts next week

In that case, you're more than lucky: You work for Valve!

I sent them a letter several weeks back expressing my enthusiasm to test, so I have my fingers crossed that I'll be in the 1000. Either way, it looks like good times are ahead!

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