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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 tecknurd on 12/22/2012 2:28:01 AM , Rating: 2
If so what flavor or Linux are you using and why?

I use Calculate Linux. It is Gentoo based that uses the Portage tree and its own Overlay tree. It is not like Sabayon Linux that uses a different set of tree for its package. I use Gentoo because it goes for stability at a cost of bleeding edge. Being bleeding edge is a consequence because it goes for features over functionality or stability.

At home, I use Linux for e-mail, web, DVR, and just anything people do with their computer running Windows or Mac. I do not play games, so Linux works well for me. Windows costs too much to buy, so I only have the money to run Linux. Macs are good if you have the money. Making a hackintosh can not be done anymore with out a real Mac.

I do not recommend Ubuntu unless using the long term edition. Linux Mint is better than Ubuntu. Pre-compiled distributions have issues with proprietary drivers and a higher chances of having instability setup. Installing programs by compiling is still the best way to use Linux. Gentoo and Arch makes it easy to install programs by compiling them.

RE: Whos still using Linux?
By herrdoktor330 on 12/23/2012 10:04:02 AM , Rating: 2
Making a hackintosh can not be done anymore with out a real Mac.

*DISCLAIMER - Using MAC OSX on a "Not Mac" violates the EULA and makes you a bad person. So don't be bad and only run Mac on a Mac. Unless you're a turd burgler. Then, by all means, burgle turds and violate EULAs to your liking.*

Not true, actually. You can run an OSX 10.8 VM Image and mount Flash memory inside that VM to create your appropriate Hackintosh OS Install Disk. So you could technically do this on Linux and Windows, assuming you have the VM image, an OS disk (10.8 works pretty well), and the appropriate fixes for VM Ware in place to do it.

But I'm with you on Mint Linux. It's Ubuntu done properly. I run Maya on my g41/Intel C2D 7300 file server/media center. I've never used Gentoo or Arch. But if automates your compiling and grabs dependencies you need, then that's worth checking out.

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