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Steam is Dropping Help for Ubuntu, Yet not Linux Totally

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Written by Faiza Iftikhar

In a post on the official Steam for Linux community, a Valve developer said that Steam will probably keep on supporting Ubuntu. The reversal came after Canonical, the producers of Ubuntu Linux, said they would keep on supporting select 32-bit packages on upcoming versions of the Ubuntu desktop OS.

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“We’re as yet not especially excited about the removal of any current functionality,” the developer wrote, “yet such a change to the plan is very welcome, and will enable us to keep on progressing in the direction of improvements in the Steam distribution model without causing new headaches for users. Given the information we have on this new methodology up until now, it appears to be likely that we will be able to continue to officially support Steam on Ubuntu.”

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The accessibility of Steam on Linux has been a boom for gaming on the platform, particularly with the ongoing expansion of the Steam Play similarity layer for running Windows-only games. Valve has dependably prescribed that gamers run Ubuntu Linux, the most well known desktop Linux distribution, however that is presently evolving.

Last Friday, a developer at Valve declared that Ubuntu Linux 19.10⁠—which is because of turned out this October—won’t be supported by Steam. Valve is as yet supporting Linux, just not future versions of the Ubuntu operating system.

We’re as yet not especially excited about the evacuation of any current functionality, however such a change to the plan is incredibly welcome, and will enable us to keep on moving in the direction of improvements in the Steam distribution model without causing new headaches for users. Given the information we have on this new methodology up until this point, it appears to be likely that we will be able to continue to officially support Steam on Ubuntu.

The accessibility of Steam on Linux has been a boom for gaming on the platform,particularly with the ongoing expansion of the Steam Play similarity layer for running Windows-only games. Valve has dependably suggested that gamers run Ubuntu Linux, the most popular desktop Linux distribution, however that is currently evolving.

Last Friday, a developer at Valve declared that Ubuntu Linux 19.10⁠—which is because of turned out this October—won’t be supported by Steam. Valve is as yet supporting supporting Linux, just not future versions of the Ubuntu operating system.

So for what reason is Valve ditching the well known Linux desktop OS? Canonical, the company that possesses and develops Ubuntu, said a week ago that Ubuntu 19.10 will not include any 32-bit packages. That implies applications that depend on any 32-bit libraries or drivers won’t work, which incorporates a large amount of games on Steam. The actual Linux kernel still supports 32-bit software, however requires OS distributors like Ubuntu to develop and test the 32-bit components.

In light of the backlash,Canonical discharged an announcement early today that it would continue to update “selected 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 LTS,” and that it would work with the gaming network on long-term solutions. Meanwhile, Valve is still looking for another Linux desktop to call its home.

One possible long-term solution could be to bundle Steam into a ‘Snap’ bundle, a container format that could ship with all the required 32-bit libraries. However,at any rate at this moment, it doesn’t seem Valve is interested in going down that route.

This move will probably influence the dozens of Linux distributions based on Ubuntu, including Pop!_OS, which was as of late featured by Linus Tech Tips and others as an incredible gaming OS.

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