Alright, all of you Linux nerds, listen up: The Steam beta process has finally begun, kicking off with Ubuntu 12.04. The beta is closed right now but will be rolling out to more and more users in the coming months. Get ready to play more than 2,000 games on your super niche OS.
Valve made the announcement official today, saying that a select number of Linux users have been chosen to run the first wave of beta testing for the Steam Linux client. The client currently supports Team Fortress 2, as well as another two dozen games for play on Linux. Even cooler is the fact that the Linux beta also includes Steam’s Big Picture mode, which lets you run Steam games onto your TV for play with a controller. Rad.
“This is a huge milestone in the development of PC gaming,” said Valve President and co-founder 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.”
Ubuntu 12.04 is currently the only Linux distros supported within the Steam beta, but more distros support is planned for the future and, according to Steam for Linux team member Frank Crockett, will be based on user feedback.
When Valve put out a call for those interested in testing the Linux client, more than 60,000 Steam users responded within the first week. The initial beta group was selected from that initial group and, as the client becomes more stable, more Linux users will be brought into the fold. Eventually, the whole thing will become available for all Steam users.
To get involved, check out the community discussions and read beta feedback, visit the Steam Linux Beta’s community hub.