A Linux port of Steam has been on the cards for a while now. Back in July, the Valve Linux team revealed in its inaugural blog post that it was working on getting a fully-featured Steam client up and running on Ubuntu 12.04. Apparently, that project has made enough progress for Valve to start looking for beta testers.
But before you get too excited about the prospect of putting the Linux Steam client through its paces, please bear in mind that this is a limited beta and Valve is only looking for 1,000 testers at this stage. In order to be considered, all aspiring beta testers are required to answer a short survey, the aim of which is to ensure that only “experienced” Linux users get through.
According to the Valve Linux team, the decision to initially restrict the Steam for Linux client to just one distro was made in a bid to reduce “the variability of the testing space and makes early iteration easier and faster.” As to why it chose Ubuntu, Valve cited the distro’s overall popularity and “recognition with the general gaming and developer communities” as the main reasons for doing so in its maiden blog post.