Valve has confirmed that gaming platform Steam will be coming to Ubuntu, with an internal beta starting next week and an external beta in October. Sudo apt-get install steam, motherf!@#ers!
For years, computer gamers have faced a difficult dilemma. They enjoy playing PC games, but in order to play the best and latest games, they are forced to use the Windows operating system, long regarded as the worst thing to ever happen to computers. Last April, Valve, the company behind Steam as well as games like Portal and Half Life(?), announced that they would be brining Steam to the Linux operating system. While many were convinced Valve's plan was nothing but a pipe dream, the company has now announced that an internal beta will be starting next week, with an external beta (which you and 999 other lucky applicants can sign up for) in October.
For those who don't know, Linux is a free operating system that comes in many "flavors," the most well known probably being Ubuntu, which offers a mac-like desktop interface on top of a reliable linux system. For those requiring even nerdier information, Apple's OSX operating system is itself Unix-based, just like Linux. Many users prefer Linux because it is highly stable, performs well, is more secure, and offers free software applications that can do anything you could on an expensive, shitty Windows machine... except for playing games.
Indeed, Linux games have seemed eternally stuck in 1997, with outdated graphics using old software like the Quake engine. Steam's entry into Linux could change everything, allowing people to finally ditch the expensive and obnoxious hell that is using a Windows computer. Valve even commented that their games "ran better" on Linux than they do on Windows 7, which is certainly not surprising, since Windows 7 is a blight on the face of the human race. However, most of the game offerings on Steam are not made by Valve, so making them available on Linux would require effort from all the big video game companies, who have been historically apathetic toward doing so, probably because they are capitalist pigs and Linux is a socialist virtual utopia.
In any case, Valve should be accepting sign-ups for the external beta soon, so be sure to keep checking their website. Support will be offered for Ubuntu 12.04 and higher, though the Linux community will likely get it working on Mint, Debian, and other distros soon enough. They're only taking 1000 applicants, so if you miss out and want to experience the frustration of seeing thousands of games in the Steam store that you can't play because they're Windows only, you can always get yourself a copy of Steam for Mac.
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