Valve has announced on a private mailing list that the Steam client for Linux beta will be opened to everyone from the coming week, this after an initial launch of a closed beta that lasted about 1 month.
Because of the stability provided by the client of Steam for Linux, Valve has finally decided to open the beta to everyone.
In this regard they indicate in the mailing list:
“The Open Beta will be available to the public and will increase the current population from 80K to a higher number”
With respect to the requirements, they are specified by Valve in the Steam Store in the form of the minimum suggested.
Additionally, Valve will also release some new features to accompany the launch of the open public beta of Steam for Linux:
- A new website with details on how to install Steam on Ubuntu Linux
- It will create a repository for the Steam client for Linux to have an easier installation.
- Statistics of Steam games for Linux will be available
- The list of supported games for Linux will be available at the time of purchase
In this moment, Steam game library includes more than 40 games for Linux and more are coming every day, this is a small list of some of the most famous:
- Amnesia:The Dark Descent
- And Yet It Moves
- Dungeons of Dredmor
- Dynamite Jack
- Frozen Synapse
- Galcon Fusion
- Harvest: Massive Encounter
- iBomber Attack
- iBomber Defense Pacific
- Killing Floor
- Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45
- Serious Sam 3: BFE
- Solar 2
- Space Pirates and Zombies
- Steel Storm: Burning Retribution
- Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
- Team Fortress 2
- The Book of Unwritten Tales
- The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles
- Trine 2
- Unity of Command: Stalingrad Campaign
- World of Goo
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