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Steam Linux to Launch Open Beta Next Week

‘Steam for Linux’ will be available for everyone to try from next week, after spending just over a month as a limited beta.

Valve cite the ‘stability of the client’ as allowing for the beta to be opened up to more users.

“The Open Beta will be available to the public and will increase the current population from 80K to a higher number,” they wrote in a message to the closed Steam for Linux Mailing List.

System Requirements

As we noted earlier this month, System Requirements for some Linux games are now being listed on the Steam Store.

The list – see below – is not exhaustive. Games developers are being encouraged to submit their ‘minimum’ and ‘recommend’ System Requirements to Valve for publishing ‘ASAP’.

  • Amnesia
  • Dynamite Jack
  • Eversion
  • iBomber Attack
  • Killing Floor
  • Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45
  • Serious Sam 3:BFE
  • Sword & Sworcery
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles
  • World of Goo

Other Notes

A handful of other changes will accompany the Open Beta according to Valve. These include:

  • A new web page with details on installing Ubuntu and Steam for Linux
  • Steam for Linux repository will be set up for installing the client
  • Statistics for the current Linux games library will soon be available
  • Supported Linux games will be available for purchase

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