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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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By spaced_ on 10/30/2012 2:55:57 AM , Rating: 2
Finally, someone big in the PC gaming industry making a big move for Linux.

Congrats to Gabe & co. this could lead to great things long term for us consumers. I and countless others only use Windows simply because that's what every game company decides to limit their games to due to the market over the past couple of decades.

Since iOS/Android are now a big part of the game industry, along with obviously xbox/ps3, game companies tend to have to go with a cross-platform engine or they shut themselves out of lucrative markets. OpenGL support has to be added to do this, which means, it's a piece of piss to port to Linux.

This is a logical step and one Valve could certainly benefit from massively long term. I hope the rest of the game industry follows suit. People will jump onboard if the money is there. There's certainly alot of people out there wanting to abandon Windows. Hell, I had to waste $100 on Windows on my last laptop purchase. Be nice if in 5 years time, virtually all games were ported to Linux.

It won't happen overnight, but it will happen.

All your phones already belong to Linux (or a FreeBSD variant).

RE: Finally
By MarioJP on 10/30/2012 10:18:58 PM , Rating: 2
Can't compare Android to a Desktop OS. The Atrix 4G failed that attempt to doing so. It is not the same thing. Just like how Windows phone is not the same as Windows Desktop.

RE: Finally
By spaced_ on 10/31/2012 2:37:33 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure I understand what you are getting at. I wasn't comparing Android to anything.

If you were referring to my point about Linux on phones, I'm implying it's generic enough a system to have the potential to be used on many microprocessor controlled systems and it's one example of where it can be successful. Given the Linux project is copyleft, it benefits everyone to become more widespread - except ofcourse businesses heavily invested in developing or relying on proprietary OS's.

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