Valve commences beta testing for Steam on Linux

Expansion to new operating system comes in the wake of Windows 8 fears

PC games giant Valve has entered the next phase in its bid to launch a full Steam service on Linux operating systems.


The company, whose co-founder has openly criticised the direction that Microsoft's is taking the Windows OS, is now seeking beta testers for the Linux edition. A new Steam community survey asks Linux users questions regarding their gaming preferences and hardware set-up.

Valve has said that, for more extensive beta testing, the company is seeking input from experienced Linux users. Only one thousand slots are available.

The company has previously outlined ambitions to create a Steam client for Ubuntu 12.04 that works as well as the Windows version, with a full library of games that begins with the release of Left 4 Dead 2.

Minecraft creator Markus Persson was the most recent developer to criticise Windows 8, going as far as claiming he wouldn't port the game to Microsoft's new OS.

Person's statement comes in the wake of assurances by Blizzard Entertainment that the company would support Windows 8..

Most vocal against the new operating system has been Valve co-founder Gabe Newell.

In July, Newell triggered the debate by declaring Windows 8 "a catastrophe" for people working in the PC space.

It is believed that Newell's specific concern is that the new OS could lead to content update filtering by Microsoft, which in turn could bottle-neck updates on platforms such as Steam.