Steam prepares beta testing for Linux release

“Beta late than never,” laughs the Steam Linux Team, who has been hard at work porting the digital distribution service over to the new platform. Word on the street (well, on the blog) suggests that they’re getting closer than ever to their goal, announcing an internal beta kicking off next week, with a “private external” launch sometime next month.

Steam

…headed to Linux very shortly!

The private external beta will include:

  • Steam
  • One Valve game
  • Support for Ubuntu 12.04 and above

It will not yet include:

  • Big Picture mode
  • Additional Valve games

This is the first we’ve really heard from the Linux team since July, when a Linux version of Left 4 Dead 2 was revealed to be in the works.

Whether or not L4D2 will be the “One Valve game” included in the private external beta remains to be seen.

If you’ve never tried anything to do with Linux, this is probably not a great place to jump in. Things aren’t quite finished yet, and can be confusing at the best of times. You’re advised to “wait for a subsequent release”, when things will be implemented and improved, and the user install experience more streamlined.

However, for existing Linux users, Valve writes the beta will be a good way of seeing just where the company is up to when it comes to running games on Linux. If you want in, keep an eye out – information about how to sign up for the beta is coming in the not-so-distant future!

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