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Valve have been busy, as the latest Steam Beta Client makes some important improvements to the Linux client. The Steam Controller has also seen some improvements, like supporting configurations for XBox 360, Xbox One, and Generic X-Input controller configurator support.

Linux specific
- Improved interactions between the Steam runtime and host distribution libraries, which should let Steam work out of the box with open-source graphics drivers on modern distributions. If using an older distribution or running into problems, use STEAM_RUNTIME_PREFER_HOST_LIBRARIES=0 to revert to previous behavior.

- Unify close-to-tray behavior with other platforms. If using a distribution that doesn't have proper compatible tray support, use STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=0

That particular bug was one I specifically wrote about, as Valve had let it sit at the bottom of the pile for very close to 4 years. I'm actually amazed they fixed it. Funny that they fix it after I highlight it. I've tested it on Ubuntu, and it perfectly closes to the indicator in the top panel now. The only problem is that the indicator menu is now blank, so you have to have an icon somewhere else to click on to bring Steam back up.

- Added idle detection, friend status will now automatically switch to Away/Snooze

- Fixed Steam not obeying SIGTERM, Steam will now gracefully exit when logging out of a session

- Fixed keyboard input and cursor switching in overlay for Vulkan applications

- Update Vulkan loader in the Steam runtime to enable Xlib support

- Updated libxcb in the runtime with a fix for DRI3-related crashes on open-source graphics drivers Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Ardje 6 Jan, 2017
Quoting: ArdjeYay! Just tested it, the 5 Jan release fixed the issue.
Unfortunately switching back to stable and back to beta again, and the bug reappeared :-(.
Nanobang 6 Jan, 2017
I never knew about any of these problems, mostly because I don't interact with Steam in ways that would cause them to appear, I guess. The closing to the panel thing is the only one that I suppose would maybe have shown up, but it's not been a problem on Gnome 3.20 on Ubuntu 16.04 except for not re-launching Steam if double-clicked. I've just been clicking "Store" or "Library" and it re-opens.

The Big Bug for me has been, and continues to be, that the Steam Controller still won't work wirelessly without Steam running. Steam knows this and refuses to fix it just to make me cry. They like the flavor of my tears, the bastards!


Last edited by Nanobang on 6 January 2017 at 1:06 pm UTC
Xpander 6 Jan, 2017
so nobody else has font issues after this update? :(



for example:

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty
Ravensword: Shadowlands
Saints Row Games


also happens on chat windows etc.. what got changed? really bad font also
seems it doesnt follow the system font's or dpi settings also
Liam Dawe 6 Jan, 2017
@Xpander, have you used a different theme for Steam at any point?
Xpander 6 Jan, 2017
Quoting: liamdawe@Xpander, have you used a different theme for Steam at any point?

yeah i have, but long time ago
Redneck 6 Jan, 2017
My fonts are ok, i'm using air for steam though
Slipie 7 Jan, 2017
Quoting: liamdawe
Quoting: SlipieI hope that one day they will fix the HiDPI issue:
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/3492

Right now everything on the screen is so tiny by default.
I kinda worked around it with this theme https://github.com/MoriTanosuke/HiDPI-Steam-Skin but it makes steam ugly and inconsistent.
Actually one of the apps in a long list that look terrible in HiDPI, I ended up moving back to a 1080p monitor until things can be improved.

Yeah I should have looked into that before I bought a laptop with a 3k screen.
Maweki 7 Jan, 2017
apparently they fixed family sharing as well, possibly accidentaly
X6205 8 Jan, 2017
I am not sure how many people are actually working on linux client itself or if i have reported this bug to the right place, but they are still ignoring it..

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/4013

How can they be taken seriously if they dont fix basic UI glitches?
jasondaigo 8 Jan, 2017
now i want someone boosting my gtx 960 fps :-) i need 10fps more please
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