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There are only 1,000 spots available in the current registry

Valve has announced that it is allowing users to apply for the Steam for Linux beta.
Valve is specifically looking for experienced users that are familiar with Linux and are running Ubuntu 12.04 or above. This is likely because it's in the way early stages and needs a good debugging. Users that are newer to Linux are being asked to wait until the next beta release to apply. 
There are only 1,000 spots available in the current registry, so those who fit the bill can sign up through their Steam accounts. Valve will follow up with users afterward. 
Steam is a digital distribution, multiplayer and communications platform that distributes video games online from small developers to larger software companies. 

Source: Joystiq

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RE: I am in favor of this...
By BifurcatedBoat on 10/29/2012 2:30:46 PM , Rating: 1
The bar for me is reaching the point at which it is no longer necessary to use the commandline to perform operations that can be handled completely within the GUI in other operating systems.

In other words, software installation - from any source, installing hardware/drivers, connecting to networks, etc. can all be handled from within the GUI. No sudo, no leaving XWindows, no modifying config files with a text editor that can potentially leave your machine in an unusable state.

When a distribution of Linux meets that bar, then it can say it has arrived, and is a real alternative to Windows for average computer users. As a software developer and computer geek, I could of course learn to use it in its existing state, but there's no point when very few others will ever be able to.

RE: I am in favor of this...
By The Raven on 10/29/2012 4:07:44 PM , Rating: 2
Just FYI, I'm running Ubuntu 12.4 (yet to upgrade) and haven't needed to use the command line except for some crap that I had to mess around with (for experimentation purposes). I've never used Mint but I hear that is even more "stupid proof".

But I don't think an OS will truly arrive until it garners the appreciation of the app development community. As we see here that tide may be turning. (Now we just need Netflix to ride the wave and the masses may jump lol.)

Even if you don't use Linux or hate the people who preach to you about how much better (morally and/or functionally) it is than OSX or Win, this is good news for all in my estimation because it is devs telling MS, Apple, EA, Activision, etc. that "now the door is right there and I won't let it hit my @$$ on the way out." It can help keep these powerful corporations in check regarding how they treat their customers regardless of what OS/platform they are on.

RE: I am in favor of this...
By mackx on 10/29/2012 6:53:37 PM , Rating: 2
you'd have to due to software installs no? PPA etc?

any need, for whatever reason to go into terminal means it's not ready for the average user. to be fair, the average user (i imagine) would find most of ubuntu usable and a decent sub for windows - but, as soon they want a program and have to jump through hoops - forget it

RE: I am in favor of this...
By BrotherPointy on 10/29/2012 9:37:09 PM , Rating: 2
You know Ubuntu has an app store, right? The apps from the repos appear there, too. All one-click install.

PPAs are for developers and enthusiasts, normal people isn't meant to use them, but even then there is a graphical PPA manager floating around, and you can also manage them graphically from the good ol' Synaptic although this option is slightly less straightforward.

A lot of bloggers and tutorial writters post lines to be entered into the terminal, but that's not because you have to use the terminal, you don't have to, they just think it's easier for you to copy/paste a line than for them to explain where to click.

RE: I am in favor of this...
By TakinYourPoints on 10/29/2012 10:55:40 PM , Rating: 3
Hell, app stores and repositories have been in Linux long before they were in Windows or OS X. One click, simple

RE: I am in favor of this...
By BrotherPointy on 10/29/2012 10:00:46 PM , Rating: 2
Modern Ubuntu and Linux Mint (and some less known distros like ROSA Desktop and Zorin OS) fly over your bar, like airplanes. Your comments give me the impression that the last time you tried Linux was a long, long, long time ago.

The biggest problem Linux has right now is the lack of sympathy from hardware manufacturers. Most of the problems people have with the OS itself are caused by half-assed hardware support and that's where the solutions often involve getting dirty with the terminal, but ultimately either that's your fault for trying to use an OS that your hardware doesn't officially support or the manufacturer's fault for not supporting Linux, depeinding on how you see it.

On properly supported hardware, like what you'd find on a System76 computer, everything works beautifully.

Then the only concern left will be the apps but that's another story, and Valve is going to make a nice contribution on that front (if it doesn't turn out to be a lame half-assed attempt).

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