Steam for Linux launches in beta, with two dozen games

Steam, Valve's popular portal for PC games, is now available on Linux.

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Steam, Valve's popular portal for PC games, is now available on Linux. The beta client is currently available for Ubuntu 12.04, with more OS variants to be supported in the future. Valve's Frank Crockett explained that "an overwhelming majority of beta applicants have reported they're running the Ubuntu distro of Linux," but Valve plans on supporting additional "popular distros," prioritized by user feedback.

The beta client will become available to "a widening group of users," but the first round is currently reserved for those that have already responded to participate. "Once the team has seen a solid level of stability and performance across a variety of systems, the Steam for Linux client will become available to all users of Steam."

To coincide with the launch of Steam for Linux, Valve has released Team Fortress 2 for the platform. Valve says that approximately two dozen other games are also available to play, but the list is currently inaccessible.

The Linux client also includes support for Big Picture mode. It's all part of Valve's larger bet on Linux as a platform, as the company openly criticized Microsoft's new Windows 8 OS.

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    November 6, 2012 12:30 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Steam for Linux launches in beta, with two dozen games.

    Steam, Valve's popular portal for PC games, is now available on Linux.

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      November 6, 2012 12:41 PM

      I see what you did there

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      November 6, 2012 12:56 PM

      http://store.steampowered.com/search/?specials=1#os=linux&advanced=0&sort_order=ASC

      That link seems to work for linux titles. 25 games.

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      November 6, 2012 1:11 PM

      So Linux players play on the same servers as PC and same as MAC for TF2, right?

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        November 6, 2012 1:22 PM

        I would hope so. A lot of those dedicated TF2 servers already run on linux. It would be hilarious if the linux players were cut off from the rest, though I could see it being possible for testing purposes.

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        November 7, 2012 11:12 AM

        Yes.

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      November 6, 2012 1:49 PM

      Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them. Please let Dota 2 be one of them.

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        November 6, 2012 3:01 PM

        It's not. But Dota 2 is Valve first-party, free-to-play and in active development, so it seems likely it will be one of the next games to be ported.

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      November 6, 2012 1:54 PM

      for anyone who wants to try (even if you're not in the beta), and not on a ubuntu 12.04 system.

      http://media.steampowered.com/client/installer/steam.deb

      $ ar x steam.deb
      
      $ tar -xvzf data.tar.gz
      $ sudo cp -rf usr /


      you might/probably need to install google-breakpad, if you don't have it. i'd talk more about it, but it doesn't seem to work over sshuttle (keeps telling me servers are down).

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        November 6, 2012 1:55 PM

        oh, to run it:

        $ usr/bin/steam

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        November 6, 2012 3:04 PM

        This post is a shining example of why linux will never go mass market

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          November 6, 2012 3:05 PM

          Pretty much. Valve just needs to create their own version of Linux for this to work.

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            November 6, 2012 3:07 PM

            Or you could just use the version of linux they actually released the beta for...

            harold.johnson's advice is for people who don't use the installer.

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          November 6, 2012 3:06 PM

          It's a pre-release beta. C'mon.

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          November 6, 2012 3:07 PM

          He's giving you instructions for getting around not being in the beta. Those are never simple.

          On an ubuntu system, installing this, even from his source, should be as simple as downloading the .deb file and double clicking. Maybe entering your password depending on where it installs.

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          November 6, 2012 3:08 PM

          He's doing some dodgy jiggery pokery to get the beta to work where it shouldnt. It'll be much simpler for users.

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          November 6, 2012 5:20 PM

          What? no it's not. this would normally all be handled by an installer.

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      November 6, 2012 2:16 PM

      The article doesn't mention this, but it's pretty much a closed beta (1000 spots, I'm guessing they are all filled).

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        November 6, 2012 2:33 PM

        people are still able to log in and get games installed, and play them. but it's predictably buggy right now

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      November 6, 2012 2:19 PM

      I'm hoping for a Steam metro app (yes, I love Windows 8).

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