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The team behind the very popular and fantastic open source video capture software OBS Studio have done a Steam release. For Linux users though, you should just stick to Flatpak from Flathub.

With the Steam release it's only supported for Windows and macOS, and their official Steam FAQ post mentions they have "no concrete plans for providing a Linux build on Steam". Why though? They said they can just re-use existing builds for other platforms but for Linux it would need another additional build done. However, they also said they will "look into the feasibility of providing such a version" but they're quite busy.

A shame perhaps but the good news is that the version available on Flathub is officially supported by the OBS team and works across pretty much any Linux distribution. In fact, it's the exact package I use for all video recording and livestreams so I can definitely recommend it anyway.

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Pendragon 22 Mar
weird that there's no Linux version under Steam o.O ...seems like an obvious inclusion

also re: downloading:
you can also, ya know.. just get it from the Ubuntu repository for those that run it
Ehvis 22 Mar
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Quoting: Pendragonyou can also, ya know.. just get it from the Ubuntu repository for those that run it

Maybe that's why they don't hurry with the Linux version. Possibly they're just trying to make it available easier to combat that streamlabs thing, which is only for windows anyway.
AsciiWolf 22 Mar
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Quoting: Pendragonyou can also, ya know.. just get it from the Ubuntu repository for those that run it

You mean the outdated, potentially broken version (just like most packages in universe/multiverse)?


Last edited by AsciiWolf on 22 March 2022 at 1:38 pm UTC
Rodney 22 Mar
Quoting: Pendragonweird that there's no Linux version under Steam o.O ...seems like an obvious inclusion

also re: downloading:
you can also, ya know.. just get it from the Ubuntu repository for those that run it

Shipping Linux versions of an app on Steam isn't super easy since it has to be "portable", meaning that it has to include (most of) its dependencies and be compiled against an older glibc to run on a wide variety of systems.
In OBS' case this is just a lot of work since it has a fuckton of dependencies that need to be compiled essentially from scratch to work in the Steam Linux Runtime or at least on an older LTS distro.

All in all we just didn't have the time yet. There were many other things in the works that should make this easier though.
Pendragon 22 Mar
Quoting: AsciiWolf
Quoting: Pendragonyou can also, ya know.. just get it from the Ubuntu repository for those that run it

You mean the outdated, potentially broken version (just like most packages in universe/multiverse)?

I guess? I mean, it's worked fine for me... just letting people know it exists (besides flatpak)
kokoko3k 22 Mar
Quoting: gamingonlinux.com"For Linux users though, you should just stick to Flatpak from Flathub."

Quoting: https://archlinux.org/packages/community/x86_64/obs-studio/obs-studio 27.2.3-1
Build Date: 2022-03-14 20:45 UTC

Why should (Arch) "Linux users" "just stick to Flatpak from Flathub" ?
What are the advantages by using it and not the distribution provided package, if any?
Also, If I am not failing in seeing only disadvantages in this case, could I kindly ask to put a stop in unconditionally promoting Flathub packages?

Also, and absolutely not rhetoric, but really, REALLY out of curiosity:
Why someone on earth could have an interest in opening the whole steam to start obs!?
(it is even possible that running it could prevent other games to even launch because of how steam works, but i might be wrong here, but that's not the point anyway -edit- nope, it doesn't).


Last edited by kokoko3k on 22 March 2022 at 3:19 pm UTC
Quoting: AsciiWolf
Quoting: Pendragonyou can also, ya know.. just get it from the Ubuntu repository for those that run it

You mean the outdated, potentially broken version (just like most packages in universe/multiverse)?

There is also the official PPA with the newest version.
Rodney 22 Mar
Quoting: kokoko3kWhy should (Arch) Linux users stick to Flatpak from Flathub? What are the advantages by using it and not the distribution provided package, if any?
If I am not failing in seeing only disadvantages in this case, could we please stop unconditionally promoting Flathub packages?

The advantage is that it's first-party, fully supported, and contains all the features including service integrations, browser sources, etc. that are often missing from third-party packages. Flathub also makes it possible to install various popular plugins that may or may not be available as system packages.

In this specific case that Flatpak also allows us to patch the dependencies to work around bugs that haven't been fixed in upstream yet, or enable features that aren't available in the specific release it's using.
kokoko3k 22 Mar
Quoting: Rodney
Quoting: kokoko3kWhy should (Arch) Linux users stick to Flatpak from Flathub? What are the advantages by using it and not the distribution provided package, if any?
If I am not failing in seeing only disadvantages in this case, could we please stop unconditionally promoting Flathub packages?

The advantage is that it's first-party, fully supported, and contains all the features including service integrations, browser sources, etc. that are often missing from third-party packages. Flathub also makes it possible to install various popular plugins that may or may not be available as system packages.

In this specific case that Flatpak also allows us to patch the dependencies to work around bugs that haven't been fixed in upstream yet, or enable features that aren't available in the specific release it's using.


Thanks for the explaination, but this should be clearly stated in the article, because the advantages provided by the service integrations,browser sources etc are not always needed by every Linux user.
On the other side, someone that uses flatpak will always suffer from his disadvantages.

You may have understand that i don't need/use obs, but still, while i might understand that some features might be missing, (or not?)
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QuoteIn this specific case that Flatpak also allows us to patch the dependencies to work around bugs that haven't been fixed in upstream yet
I still fail to understand why an opensource project offers full support to a binary release only, this way of offering support is kinda new to me.
Resolving deps should be a distro work for their provided packages and imho upstream should take care of developing code that targets specific deps and provide hints to distro mantainers, instead.


Last edited by kokoko3k on 22 March 2022 at 2:41 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 22 Mar
I list the Flatpak as it's the only official cross-distro solution used by the developer. Simple as that. I shall continue to link to Flathub / Flatpak whenever it's available because it works across any distribution AND Steam Deck too. You can argue about preferred packaging all you want, stick to whatever you like, this is the easiest for users so we don't have to list a million ways of installing things across many different distributions.
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