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Valve prepares Steam for tis first beta test on Linux

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Valve’s version of the Steam client for the Linux operating system is almost ready for primetime. A new post at the developer’s official blog announced that it will host the first external beta testing program for Steam Linux in October.

“Things have been going well,” reads the post, “We will be having an internal beta starting next week, and a private external beta for 1,000 users sometime in October.”

Those lucky 1,000 Linux users, at least those running Ubuntu version 12.04 and up, will run Steam and just one Valve-made game for testing purposes. Newer Valve features like the television-supporting Big Picture mode won’t be available at this point.

Valve does advise Linux neophytes to avoid entering for a chance at using this version of Steam as it will still be somewhat tricky to install and run on the operating system.

Valve announced Steam on Linux in July right around the time that Gabe Newell started to excoriate Microsoft for making Windows 8 a closed platform, restricting what PC game developers can create.

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