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Things are starting to get messy, after Canonical announced the end of 32bit support from Ubuntu 19.10 onwards, Valve have now responded.

Speaking on Twitter, Valve dev Pierre-Loup Griffais said:

Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases will not be officially supported by Steam or recommended to our users. We will evaluate ways to minimize breakage for existing users, but will also switch our focus to a different distribution, currently TBD.

I'm starting to think we might see a sharp U-turn from Canonical, as this is something that would hit them quite hard. Either way, the damage has been done.

I can't say I am surprised by Valve's response here. Canonical pretty clearly didn't think it through enough on how it would affect the desktop. It certainly seems like Canonical also didn't speak to enough developers first.

Perhaps this will give Valve a renewed focus on SteamOS? Interestingly, Valve are now funding some work on KWin (part of KDE).

Looks like I shall be distro hopping very soon…

To journalists from other websites reading: This does not mean the end of Linux support, Ubuntu is just one distribution.

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einherjar 22 Jun, 2019
Quoting: iiari
Quoting: NezchanI seriously don't want to be pressured into changing distros, so this is a tragedy for me from both sides. I've been using Ubuntu-MATE for years and I'm very comfortable with it, so this feels in a way like being evicted from my home. It's not pleasant to say the least.
Then write to Ubuntu, as the rest of you who are on Ubuntu and don't want to forced off the distro should do...

I did that in the Discussions under the Link Liam provided.
I did it in a polite way (I even thanked them for the good work in the past).
An Admin deleted my post and set my Account on hold. --> That's how they care for the opinions of their users.
einherjar 22 Jun, 2019
Quoting: wvstolzing
Quoting: gradyvuckovic
Quoting: keanI would even pay for it if everything works well.

I'd happily sign up to that, $10/month for a Valve developed Linux OS which provides the best possible gaming experience for Linux? Hell yes, give me that.

Kinda off-topic but I'm somewhat terrified that the idea of a 'subscription model' OS comes so naturally to people nowadays.

It is a lot of hard work, to maintain an OS/Distro. I get payed for my work and so it is no problem for me, to pay for the work of others.
I donated to Canonical for every new Version of Ubuntu/Kubuntu I used.
Should they work for me for free? Why?
Eike 22 Jun, 2019
Quoting: einherjarI did that in the Discussions under the Link Liam provided.
I did it in a polite way (I even thanked them for the good work in the past).
An Admin deleted my post and set my Account on hold. --> That's how they care for the opinions of their users.

Wow.

Are they so eager to f**k up?!?


Last edited by Eike on 22 June 2019 at 7:19 pm UTC
EzyRhino 22 Jun, 2019
I'm beginning to think that the decision Canonical made is exactly what they want. This is all speculation on my part, but I think they want to focus 100% on the enterprise (AWS, Azure, etc...) and get out of the end-user desktop market. Sad if true.
BlackBloodRum 22 Jun, 2019
The good news is, Linux is not-alike Windows, in that we're not all tied to one specific distro.

Non-Linux users will often comment "Linux is too fragmented" with too many distributions to become mainstream. That, Linux having so many distros is a bad thing.

Well, to be honest. Steam and Canonical have just highlighted one of the reasons that we do have so many distros. It gives us the ability to quickly move on to a new distro when we're not happy with what's going on with our current.

Though, to be fair, I do not use uBuntu (never did). So I'm not overly bothered by their decision. But I can certainly understand how it will affect many people.

Go Fedora, Go Arch, Go Debian, Go Slackware, go wherever you feel comfortable next. Linux is great like that, you're never tied down.

A moment I am proud to have supported only Linux since 2003. As this demonstrates our ability to keep moving. A happy Fedora, Arch, CentOS user* here. :).

* I usually pick my distro based on the usage needed for a particular system.
EzyRhino 22 Jun, 2019
Quoting: ryadCanonical should rename their distro in TrumpOS or something..
Way to go political...smh.
Arten 22 Jun, 2019
Quoting: mphuZ
Quoting: ArtenMacOS as different case. When Apple remove 32bit support, there is no other way.
And? I still do not see the arguments why Valve should continue to support macOS. Not only because of the rejection of 32-bit support, but in general.
Money? 3.26% of their users use MacOS, for linux it is only 0.84%. For them its only minimal investment. There is no mac proton, no investment into OS and driver development, thats all on Apple side. Valve can rebuild into 64 and blacklist 32 bit games on new MacOS and wait for some money from Feral ports and some another game. All hate from not suported 32bit can be targeted on Apple.
doomiebaby 22 Jun, 2019
Quoting: wvstolzing
Quoting: gradyvuckovic
Quoting: keanI would even pay for it if everything works well.

I'd happily sign up to that, $10/month for a Valve developed Linux OS which provides the best possible gaming experience for Linux? Hell yes, give me that.

Kinda off-topic but I'm somewhat terrified that the idea of a 'subscription model' OS comes so naturally to people nowadays.

yeah... specially since you can pay for all distros if you want, and make requests... start a fund to get done what you want. or you can beg adobe to spin a distro where every single filetype is proprietary, and if you miss a monthly payment you lose your life. x3
doomiebaby 22 Jun, 2019
Quoting: EzyRhinoI'm beginning to think that the decision Canonical made is exactly what they want. This is all speculation on my part, but I think they want to focus 100% on the enterprise (AWS, Azure, etc...) and get out of the end-user desktop market. Sad if true.

yeah, that thought had crossed my mind as well
elmapul 22 Jun, 2019
i hate to be the one with the conspirations theories, but, microsoft make an partnership with canonical, then canonical shoot then selves in the foot like this for desktop users...
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