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Valve have today put out a stable Steam Client update pulling in lots of changes from the previous beta version, it's a good one too.

In terms of what's changed for Linux specifically:

  • 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

Some seriously welcome stuff there from Valve—good work. The bug about preventing shut downs was a particular nuisance I'm really glad to see the back of.

They also worked to reduce CPU use when the mouse is moved back and forth over part of the Library view, fixed a problem with corrupted Workshop items endlessly re-downloading and they fixed a strange issue where some games wouldn't launch in offline mode if Steam had previously started or scheduled an update.

On top of that, there's numerous fixes and improvements to Steam Input, for interacting with the Steam Controller and various other gamepads.

See the full update notes here.

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Jahimself 21 March 2018 at 7:44 pm UTC
very nice addition indeed, especially for the shutdown issue
poke86 21 March 2018 at 7:46 pm UTC
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Oh good, that shutdown bug was really annoying!
legluondunet 21 March 2018 at 8:00 pm UTC
but this bug still occurs:
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/5030
Steam regularly looses credentials and settings, very annoying.
ThePierrasse 21 March 2018 at 8:14 pm UTC
legluondunetbut this bug still occurs:
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/5030
Steam regularly looses credentials and settings, very annoying.

Yup, that is so annoying...
Leopard 21 March 2018 at 8:20 pm UTC
legluondunetbut this bug still occurs:
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/5030
Steam regularly looses credentials and settings, very annoying.

For the last few weeks , this issue did not occur for me. I hope it keeps it that way.
linuxjacques 21 March 2018 at 8:29 pm UTC
Leopard
legluondunetbut this bug still occurs:
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/5030
Steam regularly looses credentials and settings, very annoying.

For the last few weeks , this issue did not occur for me. I hope it keeps it that way.

Same here. I was assuming they fixed it.
sbolokanov 21 March 2018 at 9:00 pm UTC
Wonder when will we see a x64 client. Valve time at work!
Redneck 21 March 2018 at 9:14 pm UTC
legluondunetbut this bug still occurs:
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/5030
Steam regularly looses credentials and settings, very annoying.

Geeeee! I thought i was the only one! It also resets the skin to the default one... Hope they get it sorted out
fryk 21 March 2018 at 9:16 pm UTC
Thank you Valve, this is awesome! I was hoping for this quite some time. Finally the client is usable in UHD on Linux.
adomas 21 March 2018 at 9:16 pm UTC
Nice! I'm happy that they did this scaling thing for users with HighDPI screens! That is a huge improvement. In next update would love to see fractional scaling (non-interger values) like 1.5 and so on that would be perfect! As now I'm using 28" 4K UHD Screen and I scale everything to 150% (1.5 ratio).

And even after they did window-resizing improvements, it's still quite buggy for me... Maybe because I use KDE Plasma 5 with KWin, when I resize windows I often get unexpected results.

Anyway I'm super happy to see Steam Client being improved!
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