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.
The Steam for Linux build is being targeted at Ubuntu 12.04 distribution, as Valve announced back in July. The initiative will include 2009's Left 4 Dead 2 as the first game ported to the system. Developer Croteam also let slip on its Facebook page that its Serious Sam 3 would be available during the Linux beta, alongside Valve games like Portal and Team Fortress 2. Further announcements regarding Steam on Linux are expected during the Ubuntu Develop Summit this week.