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Valve have put out their second beta update to the Steam client this year and this is actually a rather nice one.

Firstly, the big annoyance of Steam Play titles always having a zero-byte download when you first load the Steam client has been solved. It will still do it once but when you update them again now, it won't happen again (confirmed that myself). While in reality it was a really minor issue, it was damn annoying so it's great to see it fixed.

On top of that, Steam now supports ipv6 for "connections to download servers", DPI and screen size changes bugs were fixed, a new force quit option in the normal Steam Overlay if a game is frozen but the overlay still works that will be handy.

Steam Input gained support for the PDP Wired Fight Pad Pro and PDP Faceoff Wired Pro Controller along with some bug fixes.

Additionally, they added preliminary support for collecting source pipelines from Vulkan applications.

Then we get to the other Linux issues that were fixed, this time there's a pretty healthy dose on the menu:

  • Fixed incorrect mouse wheel scrolling offsets
  • Fixed an issue where some games wouldn't be properly detected as still running despite some of their processes still lingering in the background
  • Fixed system tray including menu sometimes including too many recent game entries
  • Fixed settings dialog incorrectly always prompting for a client restart
  • Added gnutls 3 to the Steam Runtime, fixing network connectivity issues in many Steam Play titles
  • Fixed an issue with host libssl on newer distributions breaking some titles
  • Fixed a bug that could result in being unable to create shortcuts for certain games. To unblock previously affected titles, delete all *.ico and *.zip files from ~/.steam/root/steam/games and "Verify Game Files" to re-download the icons with the right format
  • Fixed a crash with in-game purchases in Big Picture

See the full changelog here.

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Tags: Beta, Steam, Valve
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Eike 17 Jan, 2019
Quoting: PhlebiacNAT on the client side, SNI on the server side - and suddenly the "shortage" isn't so important.

Yes, but it does yield problems... Every computer being able to reach every computer by individual address would be fine.
NoSt 17 Jan, 2019
Great update!
It fixed the problem I had with Tomb Raider not launching on my main gaming machine. ^_^
libgradev 17 Jan, 2019
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: GuestSo many changes, nice :-) Didn't expect that IPv6 support is new though!

When I was in university, they told us that IPv4 is running short of addresses and the new IPv6 will fix that.
This was over 20 years ago.

Yep - still using it without issue... :P

QuoteFixed settings dialog incorrectly always prompting for a client restart

You know I always wondered about this... now I know.


Last edited by libgradev on 17 January 2019 at 11:13 am UTC
Leeo97one 17 Jan, 2019
Quoting: dpanter
Quoting: Leeo97oneYou should try to use AppIndicator/KStatusNotifierItem.
Maybe switching to KDE isn't an acceptable solution for everyone.
I realized that I hardly ever click that icon. Do you guys use it for some specific function?
Yeah of course, I meant that you could use AppIndicator on GTK-based desktop environments or KStatusNotifierItem on KDE (which, I suppose, is supported out of the box).
For example, I'm using this GNOME extension: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/615/appindicator-support/


Last edited by Leeo97one on 17 January 2019 at 11:37 am UTC
Nanobang 17 Jan, 2019
Being able to scroll with some finesse is a welcome fix.

Now if the drop downs would appear for STORE, LIBRARY, etc. when I place my cursor over them instead of when I'm only just right below them, I could die happy.

Well, that and being able to leave my wishlist to look at something and return to where I was in the list when I hit the back button.

And broadcasting.

lol XD


Last edited by Nanobang on 17 January 2019 at 1:06 pm UTC
Eike 17 Jan, 2019
Quoting: PatolaI don't know, but suddenly Steam feels a lot more lonely without all that fake activity of 0-byte updates...

They're trickung us into buying new games, just for the download queue...!

;)
Nanobang 17 Jan, 2019
Addendum: It's looking to me like the IPv6 "support" means one must now use IPv6 to download from Steam. My VPN normally blocks IPv6 traffic to protect from IPv6 leaks, and unless I disable that function, Steam downloads nothing.


Last edited by Nanobang on 17 January 2019 at 1:39 pm UTC
Ehvis 17 Jan, 2019
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Quoting: NanobangAddendum: It's looking to me like the IPv6 "support" means one must now use IPv6 to download from Steam. My VPN normally blocks IPv6 traffic to protect from IPv6 leaks, and unless I disable that function, Steam downloads nothing.

I would assume that this happens because your system has an IPv6 address. Forcing IPv6 would be seriously problematic since half the world is still without it.
Nanobang 18 Jan, 2019
Quoting: Ehvis
Quoting: NanobangAddendum: It's looking to me like the IPv6 "support" means one must now use IPv6 to download from Steam. My VPN normally blocks IPv6 traffic to protect from IPv6 leaks, and unless I disable that function, Steam downloads nothing.

I would assume that this happens because your system has an IPv6 address. Forcing IPv6 would be seriously problematic since half the world is still without it.

I'll have to look into this ... I mean, I have both, with and without my VPN ... but I don't really understand how that's gonna figure into anything. Thanks for the sharing your thoughts. It gives me a starting point.
joaojotta 19 Jan, 2019
Just had a bunch (about 8) of zero-byte downloads... on Linux games. Not Steam Play games: Linux.
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