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The times for the beta generally seem to line up based on what we've seen on the CDR, and Phoronix also said a "Linux push by Feb" which is also what zdnet reported. The only outlier is basically the L4D2 steam workshop mention for Linux in mid-Oct... This doesn't exclude a beta earlier though, so based on that post you can guess by mid-Oct we should definitely have something.
All this said, Valve time basically makes it impossible to pin it down for sure.
You'd be better off taking valves word for it rather than phoronix or zdnet I'd guess. I suspect the beta (or even maybe the full release) is going to land sometime soon. The "full push" _may_ be refering to the client leaving beta, but it could also just be refering to the amount of games you're going to be seeing on the platform growing substantially. We don't really know the context of those comments.