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For those who want to participate in the Steam for Linux beta program, download the most recent Steam Linux client or upgrade

Valve Corporation has announced that the Steam for Linux beta program is now open to the public.

Up until this point, the Steam for Linux beta program was closed to the public, but making it available itsn't the only Steam-related news. Steam for Linux beta client bugs will be tracked through GitHub, which is a change from the use of forums in the closed version. Anyone can access the Steam for Linux repository with a free GitHub account in order to create, edit and track new issues as well as search others in the database.

There are a few other changes as well, such as the Steam installer package repository, and fixes to excessive CPU usage by the Steam client during Team Fortress 2 as well as overlay crash in Cubemen and better back navigation behavior/added discount behaviors in Big Picture.

For those who want to participate in the Steam for Linux beta program, download the most recent Steam Linux client or upgrade your current client to the latest version.

Back in October, Valve announced that it was allowing users to apply for the Steam for Linux beta. Valve said it was specifically looking for experienced users familiar with Linux and are running Ubuntu 12.04 or above. There were only 1,000 spots available in the registry.

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RE: Whos still using Linux?
By TakinYourPoints on 12/21/2012 6:31:18 PM , Rating: 2
What used to be Spaces and Expose in OS X is now Mission Control, and whether it is through side mouse buttons, keyboard shortcuts, or trackpad gestures, it is really excellent for managing work between windows and multiple virtual desktops. It is a huge reason why so many developers I know will use OS X as their main desktop and run VMs through that. There is a slight learning curve but nothing huge.

You're correct about Windows though, it is a joke when it comes to that sort of thing, which is bizarre given that Microsoft makes so much money selling operating systems. It is good for games though, but that's thanks to third parties like Valve and Blizzard. Microsoft's own services for PC gaming like GFWL is a disaster.

RE: Whos still using Linux?
By BrotherPointy on 12/21/2012 8:13:31 PM , Rating: 2
Gotcha, I think the Mac I used was still running the version before Lion. I'll try to try the latest one whenever I have a chance.

Those features you mention don't sound like anything Unity doesn't pull off, however. Except trackpad gestures but that's just Linux lagging behind in general.

At any rate even if it's better than Unity I really don't see it being superior to Plasma Desktop with 8 desktops on every Activity which you can create/customize/pause/resume on the fly. Prettier definitely, cooler maybe too, but anything less than Plasma Desktop is not what I would call "excellent". ;-)

RE: Whos still using Linux?
By TakinYourPoints on 12/21/2012 8:32:40 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I'm familiar with Plasma. Some of its features were actually taken from OS X going all the way back to 2005. Either way, it is less about flash and glitz and all about raw functionality. It is a great environment for multitasking, and if you're willing to go deeper then there is scripting via Automator or commands via Terminal.

They're both very good, and far better than what Windows or Unity has to offer.

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