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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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SudoBash Dec 4, 2012
The OP mentioned TF2 is downloadable without beta. Do you need to use the hack where you launch steam store to get around the beta lockout?
Hyeron Dec 4, 2012
Given the game is only available on Steam, yes you do.
Not that you're at any risk of being banned or anything, if that's what bothers you, and "hack" hardly depicts it. :)
Liam Dawe Dec 4, 2012
Update: You can install Unity of Command demo on Steam now.
aaannz Dec 4, 2012
Quoting: "Hyeron, post: 6966, member: 223"Given the game is only available on Steam, yes you do.
Not that you're at any risk of being banned or anything, if that's what bothers you, and "hack" hardly depicts it. :)


I don't think that "hack" is still needed. Since Steam update few weeks ago it does not drop me out after Steam update as it used to. Either they remember original command line arguments, which I doubt or they just dropped it.
I guess beta participation now only means r/w access to beta forums and maybe L4D1/2 access.

Anyway, I finally tried TF2 and was very impressed. I'm using OSS radeon driver with HD4850 and it was running without glitches and very stable. Nice.
Liam Dawe Dec 4, 2012
For me if i open steam without right clicking the launcher and selecting say store for example it still kicks me out :(
Anon Dec 4, 2012
I have an Nvidis 8400M GT running with the latest Nvidia drivers 310.19 on Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit. Absolutely no problems here. Never had any problems with Nvidia drivers.
Hamish Dec 4, 2012
Quoting: "aaannz, post: 6971, member: 293"I'm using OSS radeon driver with HD4850 and it was running without glitches and very stable. Nice.


Well, that is good to know. :)
aaannz Dec 4, 2012
Quoting: "liamdawe, post: 6972, member: 1"For me if i open steam without right clicking the launcher and selecting say store for example it still kicks me out :(

You're right. Just tried launching it without options and was kicked out. Its interesting that post-update restart does not do that. OTOH it at least save me one click :D
Bumadar Dec 6, 2012
as non-ubuntu user got official invite, intresting :)
Hyeron Dec 6, 2012
Just received mine too, even though I mentioned I'm an archer. Now where the heck did I put my champagne? :D
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