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Its hard to follow up with all the news since all the websites say their own thing. I'm wondering is there is a beta or at least an alpha for Steam for Linux. I saw on youtube how someone starts 2.2 beta, but it seems all the download links are broken. Can someone explain the situation please? Is it because Valve just doesn't want anyone using the program yet?

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closed as too localized by Tachyons, Eric Carvalho, Thomas W., hhlp, Uri Herrera Mar 10 '13 at 23:06

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On a side note, Steam Linux officially launched last week and this question should probably be closed as Too Localized. – Powerlord Feb 19 '13 at 15:36
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Steam Beta is ONLINE!

Wiki on Installing Steam on Ubuntu

Steam Download for Linux (Updated)


Valve Blog (How the Beta will work)

Steam Blog with Announcement

Official Steam Linux Site

Steam Beta DEB Package

Note - It will not work if you are not registered in Steam (Non-Steam users beware!)

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yeah, You guys are lucky. We ,ati users, suffer alot (black screen) when using steam. – Suhaib Sep 8 '12 at 4:11
which amd card do you have? i got the Radeon HD 4850 – Nick Bailuc Sep 8 '12 at 12:56
Luis Alvarado, do you mind sending me an e-mail everytime news come up? thanks :) – Nick Bailuc Sep 8 '12 at 22:17
Find in me Google+ and I will post news about it friend. – Luis Alvarado Sep 8 '12 at 22:27
alright thanks :) – Nick Bailuc Sep 9 '12 at 22:32

In addition to Luis Alvarado answer:

A workaround exists to use Steam without beta access.

steam steam://open/friends

Steams friend list will open. Via this menu you can open the main window of Steam.

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works, but none of the games launch including serious sam, left 4 dead 2 and team fortress 1 or 2. i've got them all – Nick Bailuc Nov 11 '12 at 23:41

Sorry to bump an old question, but the public Beta started yesterday (2012/12/20) as opposed to the private Beta that was going on prior to this week.

Either add the Steam Repo to your apt-sources and run sudo apt-get install steam_latest or download the .deb manually and install it using dpkg.

Oh, and make sure you report any issues you run into on their GitHub page. You may also want to join Valve's steamrepo mailing list so you get updates as to when Steam needs to be updated.

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