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Steam for Linux beta goes live

Valve has begun testing Steam on Linux, with help from Nvidia

Valve has announced the start of its closed beta program for the Linux version of Steam. The Steam for Linux client supports Team Fortress 2 and nearly twenty-four other Steam titles. The client also features the Steam Big Picture mode. Valve is boasting over 60,000 responses for its request for Steam for Linux beta candidates.

“This is a huge milestone in the development of PC gaming,” said Valve president Gabe Newell. “Steam users have been asking us to support gaming on Linux. We're happy to bring rich forms of entertainment and our community of users to this open, customer-friendly platform.”

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Looks about right.

Steam for Linux is available for installation on Ubuntu 12.04, based on respondents reporting that Ubuntu was their Linux distro of choice. Valve will be supporting other distributions in the future.

In response to Valve's beta launch of Steam for Linux, Nvidia has released its new GeForce R310 drivers for Linux. The drivers support the newest GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs in addition to older GeForce cards. The drivers are the culmination of “almost a year of development by Nvidia, Valve and other game developers.”

"With this release, Nvidia has managed to increase the overall gaming performance under Linux," said Valve vice president of marketing Doug Lombardi. "Nvidia took an unquestioned leadership position developing R310 drivers with us and other studios to provide an absolutely unequalled solution for Linux gamers."

The GeForce R310 drivers are available here.

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Latest comments (4)

Adrian Herber4 years ago
It will be interesting to see whether this ends up being an interesting side project, or if Microsoft mess up Windows badly enough with Modern (for gaming) that Linux actually gains a foothold as a major gaming platform.

I've never been a desktop Linux believer before, but between support from Valve/Steam, Unity, Humble Indie bundle, Kickstarter games and the disruptions to the OS market happening now and coming, for the first time I can imagine Linux might actually become a real option in the future.
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gi biz ;,pgc.eu 4 years ago
Ah damn, I think I didn't get selected :/

Edit: apparently even those not participating to the beta can try steam and a few games: http://cdn-01-origin.steampowered.com/client/installer/steam.deb Only the .deb is available for now, but it can be extracted with ar and dependencies can be installed manually.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by gi biz on 7th November 2012 3:04pm

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Sam Brown Programmer, Cool Games Ltd.4 years ago
I'm glad nVidia are into this as well. And I'm hopeful that if Steam takes off on Linux that might convince ATI to support fglrx properly again (and OpenGL on Windows, come to think of it. Their GLSL support is woeful).
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Simon Arnet4 years ago
This seems like an interesting move by valve, I'll gladly support this if it brings greater unification to the Linux clients and increases visibility among the general public.
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