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Post by Dan @ 11:27am 29/10/12 | 4 Comments
Last month, Valve mentioned that a private beta for the long-expected Linux adaptation of their Steam service would be kicking off in October, and despite the potential for Valve Time anomalies, it appears to largely still be on track, with the publisher inviting applications from gaming-oriented Ubuntu users.
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
For existing Linux users, the external private beta is a good release for seeing where we are in running our games on Linux.
The one game is still expected to be Left 4 Dead 2, as Valve has previously boasted having the game running natively on Linux with better performance than its windows equivalent.

Penguin-powered pundits can try their luck over at by filling out a survey that will presumably evaluated your Linux cred.

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Posted 12:17pm 29/10/12
RIP Valve
Posted 01:34pm 29/10/12
RIP Valve

Because they're selling out to linux?
Posted 01:39pm 29/10/12
RIP Valve?
Wtf? If anything this can only be one of the best things for PC gaming. Especially given MS and Win 8 becoming more closed.

I applied for it. Doubt I'll get in, but it would be swell if I did. The only thing stopping me from moving to linux is games.
Posted 07:32pm 29/10/12
What's this about Win8 being closed?

I was thinking this might have something to do with Win8 being less gamer friendly but I wasn't sure. Have they stated why the sudden interest in linux?
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