At long last, Steam has arrived for the Linux faithful. Well, the Steam for Linux beta that is, which is now available to the lucky few selected out of the over 60,000 applicants. Valve is keeping the beta to a limited access for now, but plans to open it up to more of the applicants over time. Those already in the beta can start playing Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and two dozen other games, which is far more than just L4D2 Valve was talking about before. Big Picture mode is also included with the Linux client, so you get two betas in one and perfect for those with a Linux-based HTPC. Steam for Linux does require Ubuntu 12.04 or higher, but Valve intends to support more distros in the future. User feedback will factor heavily into the expansion, so be sure to let the company know your preferences. A Steam Community page is available to keep up to date with the latest developments, announcements, and feedback.
To coincide with the Steam for Linux beta, NVIDIA has updated its graphics drivers for Linux 32 and 64-bit systems. The R310 drivers were developed with help from Valve and others to give Linux users the best possible experience in the new Steam games. Those new drivers can be downloaded from GeForce.com to get you on your gaming way.