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A round-up of all things Steam right now!

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Time to do a round-up of all the latest on the Steam front for all of you, especially those not including themselves unofficially in the beta.

Steam Client
Firstly Steam itself got updates:
      added libgl1-mesa-glx and libgl1-mesa-dri dependencies to the Steam package
      fixed the minidump generator to upload properly versioned minidumps
      initial bootstrap now generates minidumps
      fixed window titles for the Gnome desktop
      fixed overruns when drawing multi-line text
      fixed crash that occured when downloading TF2
      bootstrapper now continues execution even if UI can't be displayed
      fixed numpad key symbol occurences when in Num Lock mode
      fixed a common joystick crash

There are still of course a number of issues still present like when visiting Discussions using the Steam Linux client it gets laggy because of the hover over text (where it shows you a snippet of the post within).
You cannot close it to any kind of tray icon, closing just minimizes the application.

Beta Invitations
They have sent out another lot of invitations recently and are steadily increasing the amount of people included so if you aren't in yet then sit tight. They are as always tight lipped on exactly when they will increase it and by how many each time.

Games
The good news is the titles that will be available is slowly growing with titles like Puddle & FTL coming to Steam for Linux.

Splice from one of the recent Humble Indie Bundles is also now a Steam Linux title.

The developers of Serious Sam 3 have been active on the Steam Linux forum tracking down issues and posting public beta versions of the game which include much better performance.

Ryan (icculus) has been active on their as well sorting out issues for Tripwire games like Killing Floor. A game I can't recommend enough, I've played a fair amount of it over the years. It is also on sale at Gameolith!

Team Fortress 2 is installable and playable even if you are not in the official Beta now as well so if that title was holding you off it's time to jump in and give it a go!

Unity of Command demo is installable now! Just tested it and even on open source AMD drivers it seems to work quite well!

The Steam CDR list has a "Coming Soon" title right at the bottom of it, so this could be what Phoronix hinted at knowing about as the next major game title which opens up quite a few possible games like:
      Portal 1/2
      Left 4 Dead 2
      DOTA 2
      Counter Strike (CS/GO)

Could be any one of them as all top name source titles.

Sign off
It is good to see developers involve themselves on the official forums for Steam Linux and help users track down issues I hope this trend continues.

Once my graphics card arrives (soon) you will see me in game more too ;)

So how are you finding Steam GOL folk? Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Liam Dawe Dec 6, 2012
I didn't get an email, but looks like I'm in!
aaannz Dec 6, 2012
Yeah! I didn't receive any email yet, but Steam stopped kicking me without option "hack" and I also can post to beta forums. So it seems I'm too riding on this wave. :D

Edit: ...and the email arrived!
Bumadar Dec 12, 2012
any none unity users ... so gnome and kde ? using kde myself and noticed the minimize, which should put it in the tray, simply minimizes it ?
Hyeron Dec 12, 2012
Same behaviour here, Bumadar. OTOH it doesn't even have a tray icon, as opposed to XFCE, so I guess it's pretty normal.
Hamish Dec 13, 2012
I guess it is using Unity specific indicators, and does not support the freedesktop.org standard for system trays (yet?).
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