Today Valve Software has announced the forthcoming opening of the Steam Linux Beta for everyone next week. This announcement was made on a closed mailing list. To Valve, the beta version is now stable enough to be opened for the broad masses of testers. After the opening of the beta, Linux users will be able to play very popular game titles like Team Fortress 2, Serious Sam 3, Killing Floor and others natively on Linux. Now it remains to be seen what other surprises Valve is preparing for us.
The Linux team at Valve is looking for beta testers for the Linux version of Steam. A comment about it was discovered on the Valve's Linux Blog, according to which everyone wishing to participate in the beta program should express interest in a comment on the Valve's Linux Blog or in an e-mail written to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the text of the Valve's comment:
Gabe Newell has talked in an interview to the website GameTrailers.com about the scheduled release of Steam for TV (known as "STEAM'S BIG PICTURE" mode) and Steam for Linux. He has confirmed that the BETA versions of both products are going to be released "fairly quickly."
The complete interview and more details on the upcoming Valve's products are in this video: