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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 Previously, Steam Play's Proton was based on Wine 3.7 so it was quite outdated.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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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
x_wing 15 October 2018 at 11:23 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.

Yes, is broken for Nvidia users as you can see here: (https://packages.ubuntu.com/bionic/steam -- the "package not available" tag is the problem :/ ). The good news is that you can force install the package and everything should go fine (apt-get -f steam). But remember to remove the version you installed with .deb file before!

If you still want to make work the .deb version you installed, just add this to the init script (/usr/bin/steam): export LD_PRELOAD='/usr/$LIB/libstdc++.so.6'

But there is a precondition for this "workaround": you should have installed 32 bits version of libstdc++ (you may have it if you install 32 bits libs for Nvidia drivers, so not big deal).

Anyway, just go for the option of installing steam using Ubuntu repos. It will be way more simple in the end...
rcgamer 16 October 2018 at 12:46 am UTC
Super Lucky's Tale works great now, no missing or flashing characters.
rcgamer 16 October 2018 at 12:52 am UTC
tuubi
slaapliedje
edoyou are not mentioning the most interesting aspect. D3D11's Stream Output, now games like Giana sisters and etc will work.


Btw, sad to see they dropped mac support with this release

I didn't think Proton had mac support.

Also that Giana Sisters game is really fun, but really hard! Granted, the same could be said of the original one as well. There is an improved version of that for the STe that actually uses proper scrolling and such
I think I saw news of a brand new Special Edition fan release for the Amiga as well with better graphics and audio etc. The original game was a great Mario clone but it wasn't exactly technically impressive on the Amiga. Mono sound, catchy music but crappy audio samples, limited (ST) palette etc. Not that it bothered me back then.

Twisted Dreams still won't launch for me.
s8as8a 16 October 2018 at 4:06 am 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.
What about doing dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get install -fy && apt-get install --reinstall -y steam? Does that fix your problem?


Last edited by s8as8a at 16 October 2018 at 4:25 am UTC
Power-Metal-Games 16 October 2018 at 11:19 am UTC
Thank you guys so much! I tried everything above mentioned and nothing changed. Same error messages. I gave up. No worries. It's not so important. I will install it some other time.
Power-Metal-Games 16 October 2018 at 11:48 am UTC
Actually it succeeded!
I tried what Lin_Soldar told me to do. Using BleachBit as root solved the problem. Then I installed Steam deb from Steam site. It's great to see Steam running again!

Thank you all of you once more for your concern! It's simply great to be part of such a community!

BTW, anybody tried Shadow of the Tomb Raider? Is it working perfectly with the newest Proton?
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