The time has finally come for the Linux faithful to enjoy some big-name computer games, as the Steam for Linux beta is now available. More than 60,000 people applied for the beta, with the first round selected from among that number. Valve will be adding more users over time, but right now the beta is on a limited access.
Team Fortress 2 is supported in the Steam for Linux beta, as are another 24 titles. That's far more than just Left 4 Dead 2 and something sure to be welcome by all beta users. Valve has also included Big Picture mode in the Linux client, so you get two betas in one, basically.
Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve, had the following to say:
This is a huge milestone in the development of PC gaming. Steam users have been asking us to support gaming on Linux. We’re happy to bring rich forms of entertainment and our community of users to this open, customer-friendly platform.
The Steam for Linux beta currently runs on Ubuntu 12.04 and higher, but Valve's engineers are looking into more distros based on user feedback. Once the company is happy with the performance and stability on Linux, it'll open the client to every Steam user. Until then, keep your fingers crossed for a beta invite.