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A new Steam Client Beta is up, fixing some annoyances for Linux users

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Valve have released a fresh update to Steam for those of you testing out the Beta, and with it comes some fixes for annoyances.

For Steam Play, there was a 'race condition' that could cause some games run through Proton to end up redownloading. Very annoying, good to see it fixed.

With the Linux version of Steam, they've also now disabled the CEF keyring integration by default as it was causing prompts to come up for both GNOME and KDE desktops to ask for a password. An issue that has been around since last year that should hopefully now be solved. You can enable it manually using "-enable-keyring" as a launch option for Steam if you really need it.

If you use Big Picture, it might now seem a little smoother as it's now using the normal desktop client's image cache for games, so it should all load quicker and work properly in offline mode. Additionally, the Steam Library got fixed for long lists of trading cards not properly wrapping in game activity sections.

Not only fixes made it in, they also added support for the 'Victrix Pro FS with Touch Pad' to Steam Input, so it should now be detected properly.

Announcement can be seen here.

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Tags: Apps, Beta, Steam, Update
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Ehvis 4 Mar, 2020
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Keyring issues weren't exactly limited to Steam. It was always one of the first things I removed from my system. Which should be a harsh lesson because safety measures that become a nuisance fail to achieve their primary goal.
rustybroomhandle 4 Mar, 2020
QuoteFor Steam Play, there was a 'race condition' that could cause some games run through Proton to end up redownloading. Very annoying, good to see it fixes.

This only affected one game for me, but it resulted in a 75GB re-download.


Last edited by rustybroomhandle on 4 March 2020 at 11:07 am UTC
yar4e 4 Mar, 2020
Now i don't need to click "Cancel" three times every time i launch Steam? Hooray!!!
aokami 4 Mar, 2020
Is anyone able to join game chats rooms from community hub on the client ?
Whenever I click the link ("x in chat, y in game") on the community hub, nothing happens. (Manjaro with KDE plasma, even thought I think it's unrelated)

I had to login on steam on the browser and join game groups chats there, which would then automatically show up in the steam friends interface in the client.

(I've had that probably ever since the steam friends rework)
WorMzy 4 Mar, 2020
Quoting: EhvisKeyring issues weren't exactly limited to Steam. It was always one of the first things I removed from my system. Which should be a harsh lesson because safety measures that become a nuisance fail to achieve their primary goal.

I also disable/remove keyring software on all my systems. I feel that hiding all your passwords behind one 'master' password is poor security in the first place.
BlackBloodRum 4 Mar, 2020
I guess I'm one of the few who likes the keyring features.

But with that said, I don't use gnome / kde's built in keyring which is terrible, I use KeePassXC as my keyring now. (A sub category used within). So if I've unlocked KeePassXC, I've unlocked my keyring. I can also lock it again automatically (timeout)

Gnome Evolution would be super annoying without using my keyring (many many password prompts).


Last edited by BlackBloodRum on 4 March 2020 at 1:09 pm UTC
Nanobang 4 Mar, 2020
Quoting: liamWith the Linux version of Steam, they've also now disabled the CEF keyring integration by default as it was causing prompts to come up for both GNOME and KDE desktops to ask for a password.

Is this is about having to re-enter my password when launching Steam every once in a while? I'm on XFCE and it happens to me often enough that I keep a shortcut to a text file with my password on the desktop.

I'm glad it's been resolved for my Gnome and KDE brethren and sistren. I hope the fix is the same for XFCE --- if this is the same problem, that is. If not, oh well, I'll just keep doing like I've done for years now. :)
Dedale 4 Mar, 2020
I have no trouble on XFCE.
Zlopez 4 Mar, 2020
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Quoting: Nanobang
Quoting: liamWith the Linux version of Steam, they've also now disabled the CEF keyring integration by default as it was causing prompts to come up for both GNOME and KDE desktops to ask for a password.

Is this is about having to re-enter my password when launching Steam every once in a while? I'm on XFCE and it happens to me often enough that I keep a shortcut to a text file with my password on the desktop.

I'm glad it's been resolved for my Gnome and KDE brethren and sistren. I hope the fix is the same for XFCE --- if this is the same problem, that is. If not, oh well, I'll just keep doing like I've done for years now. :)

I didn't have this problem since I started using Steam in Flatpak. Probably the flatpak doesn't allow the access to GNOME and KDE keyrings.
Maath 4 Mar, 2020
Quoting: WorMzy
Quoting: EhvisKeyring issues weren't exactly limited to Steam. It was always one of the first things I removed from my system. Which should be a harsh lesson because safety measures that become a nuisance fail to achieve their primary goal.

I also disable/remove keyring software on all my systems. I feel that hiding all your passwords behind one 'master' password is poor security in the first place.

How do you manage your passwords? I have hundreds of passwords, each random and unique.
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