Valve has announced that their Steam Linux client is now available to all Linux gamers. It's open beta period now and just in time for the holidays.
Valve will allow many more Linux gamers to participate in the Steam Linux client beta testing at the start of next week.
The Video Game Awards happened on Friday night in California. During the event, Gabe Newell of Valve commented a bit more on their next-generation console / living room PC plans. To no surprise, Linux plays a big role.
I am now cleared to begin publishing Linux graphics benchmarks of Valve's Source Engine games on Linux plus other performance-related information from the Steam Linux client.
In time for those who plan to spend their weekend playing games natively on Linux, Valve Software has expanded their Linux beta program.
Here's some interesting comments from Ryan "Icculus" Gordon about the latest state of Linux gaming and what's ahead.
With November coming to a close, here's some statistics on the most popular content on Phoronix this month.
Intel has tagged their quarterly driver package for their customers looking towards the best open-source Intel graphics experience on the Linux desktop.
Prior to going on their Thanksgiving holiday, Valve's Linux cabal opened up the Steam Linux Beta program to an additional five-thousand applicants.
In part due to Steam now being available on Linux, Egosoft wants to hire a Linux game developer to continue bringing their X3 games to the penguin platform.
Valve is adding more individuals to its select group of beta participants on a regular basis. So far things are going well for the Valve Linux beta.
Valve's initial roll-out of their Steam client for Linux is all centered around Ubuntu. With Ubuntu having the largest market-share on the Linux desktop, Valve is focusing upon proper Ubuntu support as their first priority. In the days that the Ubuntu/Debian package has been available of the Steam Linux Beta, it's already been reported to work on other Linux distributions. Some Linux distributions have also begun to package the Steam Linux binary for their own platforms, but now there's some concerns about doing this, at least from the Arch Linux camp.
Valve is working on a new game engine following in the success of their widely-popular Source Engine that is now running nicely on Linux.
Finally... After talking much about Steam on Linux at Phoronix over the years and many people that have doubted the earlier Phoronix exclusives, Valve is rolling out the Steam Linux Beta today!
Experimental graphics driver updates will be needed on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS for properly running Valve's Source Engine games through the forthcoming Linux Steam client.
As expected, a Valve engineer spoke at UDS today about their forthcoming Steam client for Linux release.
The Valve Linux survey is now live if you wish to partake in Valve's external beta testing process for their forthcoming Steam Linux client.
A software engineer from Valve will be speaking next week in Copenhagen about the Valve Linux efforts during the Ubuntu Developer Summit.
We have known about Valve's plans to make Steam more than just about gaming and beginning today you can buy some non-gaming software from the digital distribution client.
Now being into October, it's time to recap what happened in the Linux/hardware world during the month of September.
Valve's Steam Linux beta is finally arriving.
Steam Workshop is coming to Left 4 Dead 2 for better community interaction. Linux support is slated to come the middle of next month.
The GStreamer Conference 2012 videos have been uploaded for those that weren't out at this technical event recently in San Diego. The Intel Linux presentation is arguably the most interesting talk.
Valve's Steam Greenlight is beginning to list games for Linux. So far 16 games are listed for Linux on Steam Greenlight.
Valve is beginning to roll out the "Big Picture" mode today for their Steam game distribution client.
A lot of Phoronix readers have been writing in this morning with the feeling that the Steam Linux Beta is likely about to happen.
Valve is expected to have the initial Steam Linux client available in the near future along with the Left 4 Dead 2 game in some form of beta, but a full-blown Linux push by Valve Software might not happen until around February.
There were several interesting announcements this August that excited Linux enthusiasts and the open-source community at large. Here's what was most popular in August.
Canonical and Valve are warming up to each other after a recent visit to the Valve headquarters in Bellevue.
Developers at Intel's Open-Source Technology Center have made more improvements to their open-source Linux graphics driver to benefit Valve's upcoming release of their Left 4 Dead 2 game that's powered by the Source Engine natively on Linux.
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