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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 Bateluer on 10/30/2012 7:33:28 PM , Rating: 2
I would tend to agree. One of the biggest issues with Linux is the persistence of the command line for things that should be entirely through the GUI. Like driver installation, for example. Installing video card drivers, an important task that needs to happen regularly on a enthusiasts desktop, is a royal pain to do the first time. To say nothing of updating them in a few months with an updated version is released. The BASH command line is still around because to many linux devs have a love affair, hipster like attitude towards it. They don't want it to go away. By proxy, you could make the argument that the linux devs do not want their OS to become a mainstream desktop OS.

I find the UIs in most major distros perfectly fine, though there can be a learning curve if you've been using Windows or OSX for a long time. Its my opinion though, that even the newest version of GNOME is better than W8/WP8, formerly Metro, UI.

By BrotherPointy on 10/31/2012 8:54:31 AM , Rating: 2
Bro... In modern Ubuntu drivers are a one-click install from a dialog that pops up automatically when Ubuntu detects there are proprietary drivers you could use. No command line. They get updated automatically when an update is out.

I see a lot of comments here by people who have evidently not tried Linux, or at least not a good distro in recent times (ie. this year). Remember Linux distros put out new versions twice a year, not every few years like Windows.

Devs love the CLI because to *them* it really is useful. I agree about it being a hipster attitude in the general community though, often suggesting the CLI for things that you don't actually need to use it for.

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