After receiving over 60,000 beta applications since last week, Valve has begun sending out the first wave of invites for the Steam for Linux beta today.
Linux gamers are used to being afterthoughts when it comes to most major game releases, but Valve seems set to change that soon. The company announced a pending beta test for a long-awaited Linux version of its popular Steam distribution service. Valve is seeking to fill 1,000 spots for the closed beta through a Web survey for existing Steam users, asking them to detail their gaming system and experience with Linux.
In a twist that is sure to raise eyebrows and cause no end of neckbeard scratching, Canonical founder and Ubuntu’s de facto spiritual leader, Mark Shuttleworth, has announced that key parts of Ubuntu 13.04 will be developed in secret.
Nearly six months after Ubuntu 12.04 LTS arrived, Canonical and the Ubuntu developers have released version 12.10 of their Ubuntu Linux distribution, code-named "Quantal Quetzal". The new version of the popular open source operating system uses a kernel based on the 3.5 Linux kernel and updates Unity desktop with a number of new features and enhancements.
These conclusions are not from a formal survey. Why?
IDG and Gartner figures only look at pre-installed server operating systems, and Web browser surveys -- such as StatCounter and NetMarketShare -- don't drill down far enough to say which Linux desktop distributions are the most popular. With that, I have to turn to DistroWatch, the master Linux desktop tracking site for useful desktop Linux use data.