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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.

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WorMzy 26 January 2018 at 10:02 am UTC
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Shutdown fixes are very welcome! KDE aborting my shutdown because of steam not shutting down sensibly is a big annoyance.
nattydread 26 January 2018 at 10:24 am UTC
Great news, I struggle to see anything on steam on my 4k TV unless in big picture mode. The shutdown issue always effected my laptop too.
musojon74 26 January 2018 at 10:29 am UTC
Excellent. It was very annoying when linux 4k meant tiny steam text. Especially when scaling works on windows ( not that I'd know that. Ahem. )
lucifertdark 26 January 2018 at 10:29 am UTC
I only got hit by that bug once thankfully, what was doing me in was the CPU spike when switching pages on Steam & having to sit there with an almost totally frozen system while waiting for it to get it's act together.
Nanobang 26 January 2018 at 1:15 pm UTC
Yay! I'll no longer have to squint to use Steam's desktop client on my 1080p TV---as soon as I figure out how/where to set the "environment variable'GDK_SCALE=2'" for the Steam client.

No, really. Someone please help me.

Please.


Last edited by Nanobang at 26 January 2018 at 1:16 pm UTC
adomas 26 January 2018 at 4:11 pm UTC
Wow! Such a great update! Solved two most annoying problems for me! Now I can enjoy Steam client with normal UI scaling on my 4K UHD screen. Before it was really painful to use it without scaling, as UI items was very tiny. I was using Web based Chat as Steam clients Chat was making my eyes sore. And now KDE Plasma does not cancel session ending! That was also annoying, since I had to quit Steam before ending KDE Plasma session on every shutdown and reboot... Great! First month of 2018 for Steam Linux client seems very good! I hope the rest of the year will be good too ;)
natewardawg 26 January 2018 at 4:55 pm UTC
Although they aren't working rigorously on it, it's always nice to see Valve hasn't abandoned SteamOS
tuubi 26 January 2018 at 4:57 pm UTC
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NanobangYay! I'll no longer have to squint to use Steam's desktop client on my 1080p TV---as soon as I figure out how/where to set the "environment variable'GDK_SCALE=2'" for the Steam client.

No, really. Someone please help me.

Please.
The safest way to set the variable only for Steam is to copy /usr/share/applications/steam.desktop to ~/.local/share/applications/, then edit the copied file and add the variable to the exec line. If your line looks like mine Exec=sh -c 'STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1 steam' %U just change it to Exec=sh -c 'GDK_SCALE=2 STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1 steam' %U
You can undo the change by deleting your custom desktop file.

Remember to change your desktop and panel launchers as well if you've got them. You're on XFCE so you should be able to just right click the icon and choose "Edit Launcher" if I recall correctly.
Mountain Man 26 January 2018 at 5:00 pm UTC
WorMzyShutdown fixes are very welcome! KDE aborting my shutdown because of steam not shutting down sensibly is a big annoyance.
Yes. That has been bothering me for a long time.
slaapliedje 27 January 2018 at 2:57 am UTC
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musojon74Excellent. It was very annoying when linux 4k meant tiny steam text. Especially when scaling works on windows ( not that I'd know that. Ahem. )

Ha, really? I had the opposite experience, it seemed to scale correctly in Linux, but not in Windows. Then again, I've read my laptop has a 'fake' 4k display, though I'm not sure what that means, something about it emulating the pixel density, without actually having that many pixels?

But yeah Steam looks tiny and weird in Windows 10, but fine under Gnome.
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