I'd say this is a catch-22. It's being packaged for Ubuntu, but Valve is looking for more experienced Linux users, who, of course, don't use Ubuntu. ;-)Additionally, the company also suggests new Linux users sit this beta out, because it's looking for more experienced Linux users.
Valve will SUPPORT Steam for Ubuntu, but that does not mean that it will not work for other distributions (unless Valve goes out of their way to prevent this). I can guarantee that there will be builds/packages for every major Linux distribution within the first week of release.Also there won't be that much flavors for Steam since they said they only support Ubuntu 12.04 onwards.
Yeah, it does have a very bright future, just no software for a lot of things and it needs improved drivers, and all that. If I can game and use all my programs on Linux, I would seriously consider switching no problem.Ubuntu has a very very bright future. I am not an "experienced" linux user, but it doesnt require a genius to see that anyway. So, in my years of "acquaintance" with linux (familiar with distros like pardus, mandriva, suse, red hat and finally ubuntu) i have never had to write a line of code YET i can install any driver in my system which is not recognised by the OS with ease. Google knows everything and linux/ubuntu community is so huge. I can just run an internet search for what software i need (if it is not readily available in system/software center) and never have to remember a piece of code to install it. I think Linux world as a high degree of maturity in its core. The biggest problems i see about Linux: Some giant software makers like Adobe don't release products for linux. Due to some reasons. I can guess some as a basic pc user. Too many linux variants/distros. This can be very difficult to maintain. Worries about profit. Much less "home" users than Windows. So that means a much smaller market etc etc. In my own experience Ubuntu is faster than Windows. Assuming this, there is big possibilty that most games can run better in Ubuntu. So there is a big potential here. Because most pc users don't favor linux/ubuntu just because there is the lack of quality games available. Also lack of productivity software from big developers. We have the good hardware but we don't have the quality software to use our hardware at its limits. So i think Steam is on the right way. If they can encourage more companies to produce more and quality games for linux, they earn good and linux community grows better. Right now i am writing this from my ubuntu 12.04 with a beautiful gnome 3.4 shell Sorry for my bad English