Gentlemen, start your Ubuntu: Steam for Linux beta is now open to all

Steam on Linux

By on December 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Valve are very happily announcing that the Steam for Linux beta is now open for everybody to enjoy. This isn’t a final release of the Linux client, but is a great opportunity for Linux gamers to start getting their game on, and just before Christmas too.

A catalogue of Linux-supported games is now available to browse, including titles like Team Fortress 2, Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Serious Sam 3: BFE and Trine 2. If you’d like to chat with other users, head over to the Steam for Linux Community Group, or submit bugs via the GitHub repository.

NVIDIA users can grab the latest drivers for Linux here.

Source: Thanks to Ken for the tip!

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Awesome to see :D


Encourages me to reinstall Ubuntu on my other drive and give it a go!


Only 39 Linux games though, so it still has a looooooooooong way to go in order to replace Windows as a gaming OS.
Plus the Graphics support is still up the creak without a paddle…

But, baby steps at first, if there is money to be made, developers will go there!





Having TF2 there could really bring/create linux gamers and show there is a market. As a terrific free to play game that will really be a great draw card. Like you say baby steps, and I think it’s kudos to Valve for trying and giving gamers options.


Would sure be nice if it offered a 64-bit version.


Been in the beta for a little while and I’ve had no problems at all on Fedora 18 Beta. I know people who are able to play TF2 using Nouveau drivers (open source drivers) but I’ve been using Nvidia drivers from (so as to work with other Wine games).

I’ve been playing games in Wine for some time and I’m looking forward to native games. Hoping that this is the start of more widespread gaming on Linux. I don’t expect *every* game to be available on Linux, but if a large portion become available I’ll be over the moon.

If you want to try on Fedora (17 or 18), get the yum repo file from here:

Charlie Sierra

I’ve been in the Beta since day one and haven’t had an issue on Arch, but I’m sick of TF2 now, and am looking forward to playing some of the other Source games once they get ported.

If only EA would port Battlefield 3 to Linux (and offer it through Steam)!



I’m pretty sure that there is a 64 bit version. I think that’s what I’m running at the moment.



I’m hoping that the list kinda explodes once the linux steam client exits beta or something. If all the Valve games get brought over and a couple of other devs do the same, and all the humble bundle games are put in there, than that’s a fair few games.



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