Linked by boldingd on Tue 29th Jan 2013 23:12 UTC
Games It seems to have so far escaped OSNews' notice (if the top few hits for a site-search for 'Steam' is any indication) that Steam for Linux is now in Open Beta; you can get the Linux steam client from So far, they appear to only be making an Ubuntu .deb available, and the client will require closed-source GPU drivers in order to work.
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by Drumhellar on Wed 30th Jan 2013 00:42 UTC
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If you install it on 64-bit Ubuntu, make sure you install the i386-libs package (or whatever it's called) before hand, otherwise you'll have problems that aren't always resolved if you install after.

And, if you have a laptop with nVidia Optimus (and have Bumblebee installed) remember to run Steam with optirun or else it just won't work.

Also, I wonder how it'd work under FreeBSD with Linux emulation.

UT2004 was just awesome under FreeBSD, getting +30% higher frame rates than Linux with the then-current GeForceFX.

Unfortunately, KMS doesn't work well enough for the Intel driver to work for my laptop yet (though it should work). Having both the Intel HD3000 and an nVidia chip surely complicates matters.

Well, I guess it's time to try it again.

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