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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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Valve is really going all-in on this
By TakinYourPoints on 10/29/2012 5:50:04 PM , Rating: 3
http://www.ubuntuvibes.com/2012/10/valve-linux-mor...

The language is clearly geared towards the audience. He can claim that Windows 8 is fueled on the souls of aborted babies and they would buy into it, but its still interesting how much Valve is supporting this. They clearly feel threatened that Microsoft put their app store in the main launch screen.

One interesting scenario is if a gaming specific build of Linux was made. The Linux kernel and OS itself are very lightweight, which means that more resources could potentially be optimized towards the game and less towards other services.

Optimized performance and stability are why certain sectors use Linux and BSD rather than Windows, so why not games?

Valve already showed that Left 4 Dead 2 benches faster on Ubuntu than it does on Windows 7 with no real work on their part, and preliminary Windows 8 benchmarks actually show a slight decrease in performance in many games. If this is the first step towards an more optimized "gaming" OS in a couple years, great. Its all I use my PC for anyway, bring it.

The obvious roadblock is DirectX being the backbone of so many games on Windows. More and more companies are using OpenGL for mobile games and OS X ports, so we'll see if the pattern of more OpenGL ports continues.




By MarioJP on 10/30/2012 2:51:36 AM , Rating: 2
"The obvious roadblock is DirectX being the backbone of so many games on Windows. More and more companies are using OpenGL for mobile games and OS X ports, so we'll see if the pattern of more OpenGL ports continues."

Comparing Opengl To old direct9=fail. Secondly are the settings maxed out??. Left for dead 2 is weak in terms of graphics performance. Talk to me when valve actually benchmarks more modern Api's like dx10 11 and 12 to more modern openGL 3.0 and up. Till then this test is very flawed :/


By Bubbacub on 10/30/2012 4:09:47 AM , Rating: 2
game companies seem to be able to port to the ps3 (a vague opengl like implementation) without many issues (other than self inflicted ones from sony with the cell cpu - but i digress).

i dont think releasing on linux would could cause major disruptions to developers as they are already coding a direct 9 and opengl (ish) path to cover the console market.


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