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Update: Canonical are now saying 32bit libraries will be "frozen" and not entirely dropped.

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Things are starting to get messy, after Canonical announced the end of 32bit support from Ubuntu 19.10 onwards, Valve have now responded.

Speaking on Twitter, Valve dev Pierre-Loup Griffais said:

Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases will not be officially supported by Steam or recommended to our users. We will evaluate ways to minimize breakage for existing users, but will also switch our focus to a different distribution, currently TBD.

I'm starting to think we might see a sharp U-turn from Canonical, as this is something that would hit them quite hard. Either way, the damage has been done.

I can't say I am surprised by Valve's response here. Canonical pretty clearly didn't think it through enough on how it would affect the desktop. It certainly seems like Canonical also didn't speak to enough developers first.

Perhaps this will give Valve a renewed focus on SteamOS? Interestingly, Valve are now funding some work on KWin (part of KDE).

Looks like I shall be distro hopping very soon…

To journalists from other websites reading: This does not mean the end of Linux support, Ubuntu is just one distribution.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Steam, Valve
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lunix 22 June 2019 at 7:26 am UTC
I hope they choose a new distro with fresh packages. Manjaro works fine but I don't think they want to bother with a rolling-release distro.
Maybe flatpak is a good solution for this.
slapin 22 June 2019 at 8:01 am UTC
I don't think it is last time when people stupidity affect Linux community putting people down. Desktop is damaged enough by X11 vs Wayland shit and with this I guess Linux market share will get to 0 finally and the remaining companies making games for Linux can finally pack and go home.
Coolit 22 June 2019 at 8:11 am UTC
I can understand Canonical wanting to push forward technology wise however this just seems like a decision taken based on the server side of their business with little regard for the home user and backward compatibility.

Personally Id like to see a renewed focus on SteamOS however I guess its more likely they throw their support behind Debian or maybe Manjaro.


Last edited by Coolit on 22 June 2019 at 8:12 am UTC
Liam Dawe 22 June 2019 at 8:18 am UTC
Interestingly, Valve are now funding some work on KWin (part of KDE). - Added to the article.
ixnari 22 June 2019 at 8:24 am UTC
What a mess this is turning out to be. First we had Wine devs considering dropping support and now Valve. At least in terms of Linux gaming, Steam and Wine are one of the more important and widely use programs. Not having support for them would be a huge blow to Canonical. Here's hoping they extract their head out of their ass soon and reconsider this move. Though, being so close to feature freeze for Ubuntu's next release, I'm not holding my breath.
einherjar 22 June 2019 at 8:26 am UTC
Thanks Canonical

Now we will have lots of game devs and publishers saying:
"See, there is no reliable Distro in the Linux world. It doesn't make sense to ship software for Linux"

And lots of Linux interested Windows 7 users will learn:
"You have a lot of hassle on Linux and you have to choose a new distro again and again. And uuuuuuhhhh in the forums I get like 10 distros named, that I could use. Man, this is complicated, I install Win10 and then I am done"

And it will be much harder for Gaben, to not end the "Linux experiment".

And the shit is, they are right.

So there is only two explanations coming to my mind:

1. MS encourages/pays them for that disaster
2. They are arrogant and dumb as hell and have no idea, how to treat their users and partners (like Valve)

What a big pile of shit and that after all the good things happening in the last time.

Thanks valve, that you don't end your Linux support.


Last edited by einherjar on 22 June 2019 at 8:26 am UTC
cprn 22 June 2019 at 8:27 am UTC
My bet is on Manjaro. If you don't touch it much after install, it's newbie friendly enough, and it's in top3 on ProtonDB (2nd? 3rd? don't remember).

einherjar"See, there is no reliable Distro in the Linux world. It doesn't make sense to ship software for Linux"

See, there's no reliable distro in Windows world either but does anybody care...? ¯\_ツ_/¯


Last edited by cprn on 22 June 2019 at 8:29 am UTC
einherjar 22 June 2019 at 8:28 am UTC
ixnariWhat a mess this is turning out to be. First we had Wine devs considering dropping support and now Valve. At least in terms of Linux gaming, Steam and Wine are one of the more important and widely use programs. Not having support for them would be a huge blow to Canonical. Here's hoping they extract their head out of their ass soon and reconsider this move. Though, being so close to feature freeze for Ubuntu's next release, I'm not holding my breath.

Perhaps the partnership with MS is better for there financial situation, then supporting non-paying users?
ryad 22 June 2019 at 8:49 am UTC
Canonical should rename their distro in TrumpOS or something..
madpinger 22 June 2019 at 8:53 am UTC
Well, I'm only using *buntu on my workstation cause of steam in effect, so I'll just wait and see what they go with support wise.
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