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Valve are moving fast with Steam Play updates! Just today they've released the Steam Play 3.16-1 beta which is a pretty big deal. Also, the 3.7-8 minor update is now in the stable channel for everyone.

Once again, it's typical of this all to land (DXVK update and now this!) after I've already done the weekend roundup. Certainly not complaining though, far from it, the excitement levels over here just exploded.

I was expecting a Steam Play update soon, given how I've been tracking the commit log seeing Wine and more being updated, didn't quite expect Valve and CodeWeavers to work so quickly and on a weekend too. This just goes to show how important it is and how dedicated they are to improving Linux gaming.

As usual, you will likely need to restart Steam to have the new Proton beta available. Here's the changes in all their glory (changelog link):

  • Rebased Proton patches onto Wine 3.16.
  • Updated Vulkan support in Wine to 1.1.86, plus support for transform feedback.
  • DXVK has been updated to 0.81 plus support for transform feedback which should fix missing models in many D3D11 games. This requires new driver support. DXVK release notes can be found here: https://github.com/doitsujin/dxvk/releases/tag/v0.81
  • DXVK's d3d10 mode is now enabled by default.
  • DXVK is now built as a native Linux library, which may give a small performance boost, and should make debugging easier for DXVK and driver developers.
  • Missing textures for models in some VR games has been resolved.
  • Ask the window manager to bypass the compositor in fullscreen mode. This may improve performance in some situations.
  • All new makefile-based build system.

As you can see, it's a pretty massive change. Previously, Steam Play's Proton was based on Wine 3.7 so it was quite outdated. They also removed any Mac support for it.

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So much for my quiet weekend taking time off…

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Eike 15 October 2018 at 2:32 pm UTC
Power-Metal-GamesYes, I installed that .deb downloaded from Steam. What is the other option?

To be mean: That's the Windows way.
The Linux way would be to use your distribution's package. They've got Valve's package, too, but may incorporate their knowledge about their distribution. Like... package dependencies.


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Power-Metal-Games 15 October 2018 at 3:11 pm UTC
Eike
Power-Metal-GamesYes, I installed that .deb downloaded from Steam. What is the other option?

To be mean: That's the Windows way.
The Linux way would be to use your distribution's package. They've got Valve's package, too, but may incorporate their knowledge about their distribution. Like... package dependencies.

I tried it. It says that "this package has unmet dependencies". I give up...
Eike 15 October 2018 at 3:25 pm UTC
Power-Metal-GamesI tried it. It says that "this package has unmet dependencies". I give up...

Which distribution?
I'm sure we can help you.
Power-Metal-Games 15 October 2018 at 3:30 pm UTC
It's Ubuntu 18.04. I assure you that I tried every possible thing I found on the internet and NOTHING worked. Not a big thing because I work every day so it's better not to play at all. I will just wait a little and reinstall the OS.
Eike 15 October 2018 at 3:46 pm UTC
Power-Metal-GamesIt's Ubuntu 18.04. I assure you that I tried every possible thing I found on the internet and NOTHING worked. Not a big thing because I work every day so it's better not to play at all. I will just wait a little and reinstall the OS.

Wasn't there a bug and in the Ubuntu 18.04 Steam package? (Not the first time I got the impression installing Steam on Debian is easier than on Ubuntu...)
Mohandevir 15 October 2018 at 4:12 pm UTC
Looking forward to being able to manage SteamPlay via SteamOS BPM... Maybe in Clockwerk?
Power-Metal-Games 15 October 2018 at 4:39 pm UTC
Eike
Power-Metal-GamesIt's Ubuntu 18.04. I assure you that I tried every possible thing I found on the internet and NOTHING worked. Not a big thing because I work every day so it's better not to play at all. I will just wait a little and reinstall the OS.

Wasn't there a bug and in the Ubuntu 18.04 Steam package? (Not the first time I got the impression installing Steam on Debian is easier than on Ubuntu...)

There is something that definitely prevents it from installing. But anyway, big thanks to all of you trying to help. This a great community. I almost regret that I mentioned that problem.
jens 15 October 2018 at 5:00 pm UTC
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Eike
Comandante ÑoñardoThis should be the standard behaviour in the software development world... Progress don't take weekends or vacations...

Please tell me that you didn't think long about this. AND that you're working seven days a week for your employer.

jensSo you think that other people should work on weekends and omit vacations so that you can lie on your lazy back and play games? C'mon please, give it a rest and show some patience. ;) The speed of progress is already insane lately, please let the developers, contributors and all other people involved have their well deserved nights, weekends and vacations.

I was talking about home made software development..
I mean, this is 2018... In this specific industry, the working model where you go to an office and sit in front of a desk fulfilling other people's daily schedules, is obsolete and ineffective...
Spoiler, click me
If you have Asperger Syndrome (like me) and You are a software developer, You may want to work at home with your own rules and schedules instead of having to go to an office and be forced to socialize with a bunch of strangers..

Thanks for the clarification, this makes much more sense ;)
This kind of working style wouldn't work for me, though absolutely fine if it works for others.
slaapliedje 15 October 2018 at 8:24 pm UTC
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Power-Metal-Games
Eike
Power-Metal-GamesIt's Ubuntu 18.04. I assure you that I tried every possible thing I found on the internet and NOTHING worked. Not a big thing because I work every day so it's better not to play at all. I will just wait a little and reinstall the OS.

Wasn't there a bug and in the Ubuntu 18.04 Steam package? (Not the first time I got the impression installing Steam on Debian is easier than on Ubuntu...)

There is something that definitely prevents it from installing. But anyway, big thanks to all of you trying to help. This a great community. I almost regret that I mentioned that problem.

Weird, usually you just have to enable the i386 architecture then you can apt update and apt install steam.
legluondunet 15 October 2018 at 9:38 pm UTC
Power-Metal-Games
Eike
Power-Metal-GamesIt's Ubuntu 18.04. I assure you that I tried every possible thing I found on the internet and NOTHING worked. Not a big thing because I work every day so it's better not to play at all. I will just wait a little and reinstall the OS.

Wasn't there a bug and in the Ubuntu 18.04 Steam package? (Not the first time I got the impression installing Steam on Debian is easier than on Ubuntu...)

There is something that definitely prevents it from installing. But anyway, big thanks to all of you trying to help. This a great community. I almost regret that I mentioned that problem.

Did you try the flathub package?
https://flathub.org/apps/details/com.valvesoftware.Steam
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