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After the recent upset caused by Canonical's plan to drop 32bit support in Ubuntu, then to turn around and change their plan due to the uproar caused by it, Valve now have a full statement out about their future support of Linux gaming.

Firstly, to get it out of the way, there's nothing to worry about here. Valve said they "remain committed to supporting Linux as a gaming platform", they're also "continuing to drive numerous driver and feature development efforts that we expect will help improve the gaming and desktop experience across all distributions" which they plan to talk more about later.

On the subject of Canonical's newer plan for Ubuntu 19.10 and onwards in regards to 32bit support, Valve said they're "not particularly excited about the removal of any existing functionality, but such a change to the plan is extremely welcome" and that it "seems likely that we will be able to continue to officially support Steam on Ubuntu".

However Arch Linux, Manjaro, Pop!_OS and Fedora all got direct mentions in this statement, when talking about how the Linux gaming landscape has changed and how there's a lot more options to have a good gaming experience. Valve said they will be working "closer" with more distributions but they have nothing to announce just yet on what exact distributions they will be officially supporting in future.

Also, if you're working on a distribution and you need a direct line with Valve, they suggested using this link.

You can see the full statement from Valve here.

Fantastic news, I will be completely honest, there was that little worry in the back of my mind that Valve would start pulling back but why would they? They've put a ridiculous amount of resources into our smaller platform, things have improved an astonishing amount since Steam arrived on Linux back in 2013 and it sounds like things will continue getting better.

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mjfa12 27 June 2019 at 12:40 am UTC
Very happy to see this. This most recent decision/confusion by Ubuntu is what made me finally switch to Fedora. First the whole Unity 8 fiasco. Then the GNOME themeing arguments. Now the 32 Bit decision. It's clear Ubuntu is being geared toward server and cloud and away from the desktop. That is fine and probably a good financial decision for Ubuntu. But for me, a desktop user, I have switched to Fedora. Steam works well on Fedora when downloaded from RPM Fusion. There is also a flatpak, but I need access to external drives when using steam. I am looking forward to seeing how they enhance their Fedora support.
tonR 27 June 2019 at 12:46 am UTC
My interpretation is, Valve is sending message to outside Linux Gaming community. We Linux gamers knows Valve will always committed to supporting Linux as a gaming platform. It's ironcladed and/or gold standard.

For me, Valve is kinda sending message to those who 'concern' that:
"We are ready with our weaponary and we are prepared to defends anytime if we being attack. Our 'act of defence' will be destruction to others. Be civil, be sincere and don't tempt us to act".

You know, those "concern" (which consists of many entities) are trying to destroy PC gaming in general. Open system aren't good you know. At least it must be semi-closed like mobile devices / smartphones as currently right now.

Well you see, look how many game clients on Windows right now? At least on my Linux PC, I got 2 clients (itch and Steam).
Mohandevir 27 June 2019 at 12:56 am UTC
"We remain committed to supporting Linux as a gaming platform, and are continuing to drive numerous driver and feature development efforts that we expect will help improve the gaming and desktop experience across all distributions; we'll talk more about some examples of that soon."

-Pierre-Loup Griffais

That kind of ending sentence makes my day.
14 27 June 2019 at 1:07 am UTC
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gradyvuckovicWhat Canonical pulled was crazy and unreasonable, as was said countless times, if there was a solution then Valve couldn't have been expected to work it out in 3 months. You HAVE to give more warning than that when doing something like dropping all 32bit libraries.
Well, that exaggeration is a little unfair. No one needs to get off Ubuntu 18.04 until 2023. Ubuntu obviously isn't my first choice, but this wasn't a situation that required immediate action. There definitely would have been plenty of time to change plans.
edo 27 June 2019 at 1:30 am UTC
Quotedevelopment efforts that we expect will help improve the gaming and desktop experience across all distributions
So Valve is officially working on making linux in the desktop a better place, not just for gaming but as a whole. Thats so great
Mountain Man 27 June 2019 at 1:44 am UTC
At this point, what is the best Ubuntu alternative?
SuperTux 27 June 2019 at 2:08 am UTC
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Glad they made that statement, some Windows centric sites seem to think if Ubuntu got dropped that would be the end of the world which is laughable. I was around when Red Hat was the big thing, all these distros is one of the strengths, if one screws up so much users will simply switch to one that didn't.
SuperTux 27 June 2019 at 2:10 am UTC
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Mountain ManAt this point, what is the best Ubuntu alternative?

Change won't happen to 2023 it seems, so if you're happy I wouldn't worry. Changes tend to take time. Although seeing other peoples feedback maybe useful, in case you find another distro you end up liking more .
Miles 27 June 2019 at 4:05 am UTC
I'm not sure there was much doubt of that--now I'd like to hear it from Canonical.
Salvatos 27 June 2019 at 5:08 am UTC
Mountain ManAt this point, what is the best Ubuntu alternative?
Depends on what you're after. I left Ubuntu after they forced too many UI decisions I didn't like, so Mint was a natural choice for me. Similar look and feel to good old Ubuntu + Gnome.
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