How To Use Steam For Linux Right Now, Without A Beta Account

steam for linuxSteam for Linux beta has been released today and for now is only available to 1000 lucky users who have applied using the Steam beta survey. But there’s a way to run Steam for Linux even if you didn’t receive an invitation. Read on!
I can’t run Steam for Linux on my Ubuntu 12.10 system because all I get is a ghost window, no matter what DE I use. But it might work for you. Update: I got it to work by using a skin.

Download Steam for Linux
Ubuntu users can download the Steam deb file from HERE (should work on Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10). There’s also an Arch Linux AUR package.

Once you install it, launch Steam and wait for the client update to complete.

How to use Steam for Linux without a beta account / invitation
So, how to use Steam even though you don’t have a Steam beta account? Some users have reported that you can use Steam for Linux without a beta account, by simply launching Steam from a quicklist. So all you have to do is drag the Steam icon from the desktop / Dash to the Unity launcher, then right click the icon and select any of the available options:
steam for linux beta

If you’re not using Unity, you can also do this from the command line, using:steam steam://store
Remember, Steam for Linux is currently in beta, and the testing has just started, so you may find bugs or it may not work at all for you (like it’s the case for me). Use it carefully and let’s hope a stable version will be released soon.

Update: here’s a list of games that currently work with Steam for Linux.
Also see: Steam For Linux: Download The First Ubuntu-Like Skin

thanks to Martin Kozub for the Steam for Linux beta bypass tip

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

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Posted November 7, 2012 by Andrew in category "Ubuntu