Linux fans are free to do the open-source shimmy today in celebration of Valve announcing the launch of a limited access Steam for Linux beta. Valve invited experienced Linux users to sign up for the closed beta in October and claims to have received over 60,000 responses in the first week alone. The first round of beta participants has already been selected, though more gamers will be added throughout the course of the beta, Valve says.
The Steam for Linux beta kicks off with 26 titles, including the free-to-play Team Fortress 2 game. And yes, the beta supports Big Picture mode, Steam's 10-foot UI designed for use on large screen televisions.
"This is a huge milestone in the development of PC gaming," Valve president and co-founder, Gabe Newell, said in a statement. "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."
Steam for Linux is currently available for installation on Ubuntu 12.04, a distro Valve recognized as being used by "an overwhelming majority of beta applications." In time, Steam for Linux will graduate out of beta and be available to all Steam users, though it's unclear if it will be limited to Ubuntu or support other distros as well.
If you're interested in participating in the beta and fancy yourself and "experienced" Linux user, there's still time to fill out Valve's application.