The Steam for Linux beta is now open to the public, meaning anyone and everyone can join. All that’s required is that you download/upgrade the latest Steam Linux client and you’re good to go. Currently around 39 games added to Linux list, expecting more games to be added in the coming weeks.
Valve announced in July 2012 that they were developing a Steam client for Linux and modifying the Source engine to work on native Linux, based on the Ubuntu distribution. The team developing the Linux client had been working for a year prior to the announcement to validate that such a port would be possible. Initial internal beta testing of the Linux client started in October 2012, with an external beta testing occurring in early November. Not only will Valve’s Linux group focus on improving the Steam client but will assure that their selected first Source game, Left 4 Dead 2, will run at acceptable frame rates and connectivity with the Windows and Mac OS X versions.
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