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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Dec 21, 2012

Steam For Linux Now In Open Beta

For many people Linux is their operating system of choice, and it’s easy to see why that is the case. Most distributions of Linux are free and it’s open source, meaning that if you have the knowledge you can write out the code to tweak the OS in any way that you might want to do. There is one area that Linux has always lagged behind in compared to the PC, however: games.

The fact is, most companies don’t feel the need to make sure their games work on an OS that has less than 2% market share. Valve, however, has made it known that they want to start developing games that work on Linux, which is why they started the Steam for Linux project a few months ago. For awhile the beta was invite-only, but on Wednesday Valve announced that they Steam for Linux beta is open to all people!

To install Steam for Linux you need to have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with the Unity desktop. I’ll admit, I’m not a Ubuntu user, so I can’t tell you if any more recent versions of Ubuntu will work. All I’m aware of is the fact that the Steam client was designed for that particular Linux distribution. If you want to know more about Steam for Linux works, I’d suggest going to the community page here!

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