For some of us that can't get enough of killing flesh eating zombies fast enough, Valve announced plans to begin beta testing to with Steam on Linux bringing the popular gaming distribution platform several steps closer to the open source community.
Certainly Linux users are excited with this news, and that a private internal beta test of Steam on Linux will be starting next week, with a private external beta to begin in October.
The Valve team announced that the private external beats test will include Steam, one Valve game and support for Ubuntu 12.04 and above, but also says that they will not be including Big Picture mode or any other additional games.
The Valve Teams mentions in a blog post:
“For those new to Linux, we recommend waiting for a subsequent release where more features are implemented along with improvements to the user install experience.”
The private external beta test will include 1,000 users, and that a sign-up sheet is yet to be posted, The Valve Linux team mentions that more details will be forthcoming in a future post.
The Valve Team was formed in 2011,currently has 11 people and growing,while their mission is to investigate open source development with a specific focus on supporting Steam and other Valve products on the Linux platform.