Valve seem to be doing well for early 2018 when it comes to Linux, not only are they updating SteamOS more often, Linux is also getting some overdue attention with the Steam Client too.
Firstly, SteamOS was updated again on the 15th of January to include the latest 4.14.13 Linux Kernel release. Then, they pushed the previous beta out to everyone that includes updated Mesa and NVIDIA drivers. On top of that SteamOS just got another update for security fixes to catch up with Debian 8.10. Seems like Valve are starting to get updates out quicker for SteamOS this year, which is a really healthy sign for things to come.
As for the Steam Client Beta, Valve seem to be giving the Linux client some needed attention too! Here's what's new for Linux:
- Added a 2X-scaling mode with high-res text and graphics when running the Steam client in desktop mode on 4k-resolution monitors. You can also force 2X scaling with the "GDK_SCALE=2" environment variable, or disable it with "GDK_SCALE=1".
- Improved window-resizing interactions with the window manager
- Fixed an issue where the Steam client could prevent some desktop sessions from shutting down
Steam, for me, was one of the major nuisances when I was using a 4K monitor as my primary (before I switched back to using two 1080p monitors). It's now my SteamOS monitor in the corner of my office, but fixes like this are tempting me to use it primarily again…
The fix to do with shutdowns is also extremely welcome, something I saw quite often. They still need to fix the screenshot problem though, which is a bit of a nuisance.
As for more general fixes that aren't Linux-specific, Valve also fixed a problem with Vulkan-based games causing the Steam Overlay to crash or become unresponsive. There's more too, check out the Steam Client Beta release notes here.