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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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Xpander 8 Jan, 2017
Ok i fixed my font problems. It seems infinality was the cause here which isnt updated anymore and recently also harfbuzz update broke nvidia-settings, dockbarx, virtualbox and so on. older steam version worked with this but new update not. so i removed infinality and switched back to default fontconfig of arch, luckly its not terrible anymore.
cRaZy-bisCuiT 9 Jan, 2017
Quoting: X6205I 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?
Maybe just because it seems to affect only you? I don't have that glitch.
pete910 9 Jan, 2017
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I don't either, I'll go out on a limb and say you've messed with the font/sizes
stan 9 Jan, 2017
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Quoting: cRaZy-bisCuiTMaybe just because it seems to affect only you? I don't have that glitch.
I have it too, on Gentoo with the default font config (to which I understand about nothing).
Not an important bug though.
14 15 Jan, 2017
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There are three problems that have always been around that I assumed were not going to change:
1) If I let my computer go to sleep without exiting Steam first, I'll have to exit and relaunch it so I can sign in. If I don't go through that routine, I won't be logged in and nothing in Steam will work.
2) When I hit the X to close to tray (behavior in Windows), it goes to my task bar (KDE).
3) When I double-click on the Steam tray icon, nothing happens. In Windows, I like it to open my Friends list.

These issues are not really big ones, but it's never fun getting used to features and having them taken away.


Last edited by 14 on 15 January 2017 at 3:51 am UTC
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