September 28, 2012
Steam For Linux Beta Testing To Start Next Week
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
A beta version of Valve's Steam for Linux will be ready for internal testing next week, which will be followed by a small private beta test among a group of 1,000 invited participants sometime in October, the company said on Wednesday.“Things have been going well. We will be having an internal beta starting next week, and a private external beta for 1,000 users sometime in October,” Valve wrote in a blog posting.
The new software will give users of the Linux open-source operating system a centralized platform for downloading PC games for the first time.
Valve said the external beta version of Steam will include one game along with support for Ubuntu 12.04 and above, but will not include Big Picture mode.
The new beta software is targeted at more experienced users of Linux, the company said.
“For existing Linux users, the external private beta is a good release for seeing where we are in running our games on Linux.”
“For those new to Linux, we recommend waiting for a subsequent release where more features are implemented along with improvements to the user install experience.”
The Valve Linux team said they want to test the software on as many different hardware configurations as possible, and will provide additional information soon about signing up for the beta testing.