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  (Source: engadget.com)
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 Bubbacub on 10/29/2012 3:47:32 PM , Rating: 2
gimp has done everything that i've ever needed from an image manipulation program - i suspect 99% of users fall into this group

if one is 100% locked into photoshop then one is probably better of staying on mac/windows.

on the office side of things libreoffice support for docx files is there - but it isnt quite good enough IMO to allow one to use it without running into trouble with your document not rendering properly on windows machines.

therefore i use wine to run ms office and its 100% stable and i get full functionality in linux that one would get in windows.

gaming aside there few things that are worse to do in linux compared to windows and IMO many things where the reverse is true.


RE: I am in favor of this...
By Motoman on 10/29/2012 3:53:42 PM , Rating: 3
The point is that people WILL NOT dump PS for GIMP. Won't.

Just like they won't dump MS Office for Libre/OO/whatever. Won't.

As for Wine...please.

You think you're making points that support using Linux - when in reality, these are *precisely* th reasons why Linux is a marketplace failure.


RE: I am in favor of this...
By Bubbacub on 10/29/2012 4:12:03 PM , Rating: 2
you misunderstand me

im not saying that linux shouldnt be a marketplace failure. its got no direction, no marketing budget and many companies are 'afraid' of open source software. it has no hope of taking over the market.

what i am saying is that if you are a moderetely advanced windows user, are open minded and are sick of bloatware infested drivers, virus checkers etc. etc then it may be worth giving linux a go.

p.s. with regard to office - i run it under wine - its rock solid stable - i use it every day and it works exactly like a windows install of office - right down to external plugins.

not everything works in wine but the big programs all do.

p.p.s as i said - if you are locked into photoshop - stay on your existing platform. most people however are not locked in.


RE: I am in favor of this...
By The Raven on 10/29/2012 5:12:16 PM , Rating: 2
I think there is some confusion between you two.

I think Moto is saying that since everyone is familiar with Office, PS, etc. they willnot learn to use FOSS alternatives.
His argument is not a matter of function. He is talking about people being used to PS (not the GIMP) and therefore not being able to switch to Linux.

But on the otherhand I understand what Bubba is saying too. I had a very lillte exposure to PS and then I heard about the GIMP. So I decided to try to learn "free" first. Well mission accomplished. I do the things I wanted to do with PS in the GIMP now. I'm glad I didn't get dependant lol. But to Moto's point, that doesn't mean anything to those now using PS.

But since the ISPs and Adobe are cracking down on pirated SW, I think the GIMP may increase in popularity in the near future lol.


RE: I am in favor of this...
By RjBass on 10/29/2012 4:37:44 PM , Rating: 2
If somebody wants to use Linux and MS Office is a must, they could always just use Office365. It's virtually the same thing but no specific OS required.


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