VentureBeat reports Valve will start beta testing Steam for Linux in October. It will be a small private beta testing program with around 1,000 users. Details on how to subscribe will soon be published by Valve.
According to a Valve Software blog post, a Linux version of gaming’s best known digital-download service will go into an internal beta starting next week. Quickly following that, the team plans to hold an external private beta that will include 1,000 users at some point in October.
That private beta will work with Steam and one Valve game. It’ll include support for the user-friendly Linux variation Ubuntu (versions 12.04 and up.)
Don’t expect any other Valve games or the recently introduced television-optimized Big Picture Mode, which is still in beta itself.