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29 October 2012, 17:06

Valve kicks off Steam on Linux beta test at UDS

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At a talk given this morning at the Ubuntu Development Summit (UDS) which is currently taking place in Copenhagen, Drew Bliss from Valve Software has announced the beginning of Valve's beta test of its Steam client for Linux. As Canonical employees have reported on Google+, Valve has also given developers attending the summit access to the beta program. Other Linux users may fill out a hardware survey on the company's site to be considered for the program as well; a Steam account is required to fill out the survey.

To coincide with the beta, Valve has also opened a Steam community group for its Linux client. It is currently not known what titles will be supported by the beta but several games include hints to Linux support in their Content Description Record (CDR) which is included with software that is distributed via Steam. The CDRs for Portal, Team Fortress 2 and the Steam client itself explicitly mention a "Steam Linux UDS Beta", so it is likely that these two games will be included in the beta program.


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