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After being in Beta since the end of July, Valve has now released a big update to the stable version of the Steam client for everyone which has the new Downloads Page & Storage Management.

The new Downloads Page is actually a big improvement overall. Allowing you to drag and drop games around in the list. It now also correctly shows the total progression based on the downloading and disk allocation. You will also see a new (i) icon you can hover over on some updates which shows different types of content included and plenty more tweaks as you can see in the below shot:

Another big one is the overhaul of the Steam library folder management with the new Storage Manager. Instead of a plain list it now gives you easy access to each folder you have set up. From there you can repair folders, make them default, see when you last played each game and how much space they take up and more. It's another big improvements for the Steam client overall.

For Linux specifically there's these changes:

  • Fixed regression causing too many open file handles error during downloads of some games
  • Library pinning process is significantly faster at startup after runtime updates
  • Restore compatibility with NixOS (steam-runtime#431)
  • Make /usr/share/nvidia available to the container if using the NVIDIA proprietary driver, so that app-specific profiles can be applied (steam-runtime-tools#73)
  • Silence most LD_PRELOAD warnings
  • SDL 2.0.16 now available in sdk and runtime
  • Fix web views incompatibility with distro host freetype (steam-for-linux#7935)

There's plenty of other smaller bits like support for the current set of PowerA Xbox Series X controllers, bug fixes for Remote Play Together, Valve removed the Recent Friend Activity library shelf and more. See the release notes.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Apps, Steam, Update, Valve
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dpanter 10 Sep
QuoteLibrary: The Recent Friend Activity shelf has been removed.
But why?
Still taking ages to start the client. Wish they would at least add a a banner or something to indicate the client is loading.
Ehvis 10 Sep
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This storage manager thing looks like it was created with the Steam Deck in mind.
Eike 10 Sep
Quoting: SchattenspiegelStill taking ages to start the client. Wish they would at least add a a banner or something to indicate the client is loading.

Still wonder why this is the case for some and for some others not...
BielFPs 10 Sep
Quoting: SchattenspiegelStill taking ages to start the client. Wish they would at least add a a banner or something to indicate the client is loading.
What's the size of your "localconfig.vdf" file inside "~/steam/userdata/youridnumber/config/" directory?
DarkVantage 10 Sep
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Does this update also fix the freetype2 incompatibility that broke web view windows on Arch?
Nezchan 10 Sep
I wonder if it'll stop asking me to re-login after my computer comes out of sleep mode (but only sometimes) even though it's supposed to keep me logged in.
[Insert Generic why was XYZ not fixed comment here.]
Quoting: BielFPs
Quoting: SchattenspiegelStill taking ages to start the client. Wish they would at least add a a banner or something to indicate the client is loading.
What's the size of your "localconfig.vdf" file inside "~/steam/userdata/youridnumber/config/" directory?

681,4kB
slaapliedje 10 Sep
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Quoting: dpanter
QuoteLibrary: The Recent Friend Activity shelf has been removed.
But why?
Pffft, people always wanting to know what others are doing! Creepy, man...
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