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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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Ardje 27 June 2019 at 9:01 am UTC
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Valve has earned their 30% steam tax. It's a good tax, because Valve is ensuring the future of gaming. None of the other companies are really that interested into working on the future of gaming for the community (including for the competitors).
Don't forget that for instance the cro-team could diagnose the reason of micro-stuttering and what to do about on Windows thanks to Linux.
m-svo 27 June 2019 at 9:55 am UTC
ArdjeValve has earned their 30% steam tax. It's a good tax, because Valve is ensuring the future of gaming. None of the other companies are really that interested into working on the future of gaming for the community (including for the competitors).
Don't forget that for instance the cro-team could diagnose the reason of micro-stuttering and what to do about on Windows thanks to Linux.
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doomiebaby 27 June 2019 at 10:02 am UTC
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Mountain ManAt this point, what is the best Ubuntu alternative?
I've had exactly one problem with Manjaro since I switched right after Ubuntu's first announcement dropping 32bit support, and I found the solution in two minutes using a quick search on DuckDuckGo.

two words: arch. wiki. =P''

arch itself may not be the most nubb-friendly...unless you're a nubb that wants to systematically become more confident, for which case, i'm beginning to think, it's probably one of the most noob-friendly distros around, oddly enough... Owo yknow for all the reputation i keep hearing it has.

but while i don't like everything manjaro ships with, it does let you download, install and use a desktop OS all on the same day- AND do so without writing anything on your arm, which is pretty neat xP'
ajgp 27 June 2019 at 10:10 am UTC
It going to be interesting seeing how the Ubuntu 32bit debacle is going to affect the next round of PC stats here on GOL (provided everyone updates their PC info), how big is the hit to ubuntu going to be and where have been the big winners from this migration.
BOYSSSSS 27 June 2019 at 10:51 am UTC
ajgpIt going to be interesting seeing how the Ubuntu 32bit debacle is going to affect the next round of PC stats here on GOL (provided everyone updates their PC info), how big is the hit to ubuntu going to be and where have been the big winners from this migration.
I think you will see the affect more in the future, especially around 18.04s end of life.
BlackBloodRum 27 June 2019 at 11:00 am UTC
This is great news! I think working with more distributions is a much better idea.

I understand they have SteamOS which is based on Debian or uBuntu, but honestly I don't know anyone who uses SteamOS rather than a regular distribution for their games these days. Most, if not all Linux users would rather use his/hers/it's favourite distribution.

I feel broader Linux support is the best choice.

Just my opinion of course.

Now they just need to fix the bug which prevents my monitor going to sleep (idle) if steam app is open! :lol:


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Appelsin 27 June 2019 at 11:12 am UTC
Completely off topic, but I wish the Pop!_OS guys would change the name to something that doesn't sound like a l33t g4mer RGB peripheral And now, get of my lawn, whippersnappers!
Dedale 27 June 2019 at 11:17 am UTC
It is the best of predictables outcomes IMHO.

They state clearly they are still investing in Linux for the long run (Which is logical) and they also add they are thinking about giving other distros attention. That hints to a possible future with several supported distros.

Not only that would be neat but also that would be logical. They invested in Linux as a possible exit from a Windows lock-in. They probably do not want to feel trapped the same way by a unique Linux distro and that is maybe what they have felt with the recent Canonical decision.

That fact that they care about the viability of the whole Linux ecosystem and the non steam games is also a (logical) nice thing.

They want gamers to be able to migrate, eventually en masse, in the future. IMHO.


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TobiSGD 27 June 2019 at 12:31 pm UTC
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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.
Debian Testing is also a good choice. It's basically the same system under the hood, so it's not even that much of a change. And Debian Testing is a rolling distribution with packages that are fairly up-to-date. And if you need bleeding edge, there is Debian Unstable. And even Experimental if you are really adventurous.

The biggest difference is that Debian is much less opinionated than Ubuntu, Mint, and other derivatives. They don't have the Debian desktop experience, but rather ship upstream packages. So you get vanilla GNOME, vanilla KDE, etc. with minimal branding from Debian.
Debian Testing doesn't security updates in a timely manner. Experimental is not a branch of the ditro you can install, it is only a bunch of packages that you can install (preferably on a Sid system) if you dare to do so.
I personally would either go for Stable (if you can live with outdated packages and/or need the stability of package versions), or Sid/Unstable with apt-listbugs installed and a look at Debian forums for possible problems before updating the system.
m-svo 27 June 2019 at 12:43 pm UTC
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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.
Debian Testing is also a good choice. It's basically the same system under the hood, so it's not even that much of a change. And Debian Testing is a rolling distribution with packages that are fairly up-to-date. And if you need bleeding edge, there is Debian Unstable. And even Experimental if you are really adventurous.

The biggest difference is that Debian is much less opinionated than Ubuntu, Mint, and other derivatives. They don't have the Debian desktop experience, but rather ship upstream packages. So you get vanilla GNOME, vanilla KDE, etc. with minimal branding from Debian.
Debian Testing doesn't security updates in a timely manner. Experimental is not a branch of the ditro you can install, it is only a bunch of packages that you can install (preferably on a Sid system) if you dare to do so.
I personally would either go for Stable (if you can live with outdated packages and/or need the stability of package versions), or Sid/Unstable with apt-listbugs installed and a look at Debian forums for possible problems before updating the system.
What about Debian Stable + backports repo? I believe it provides everything you need for gaming, the only issue I have is outdated Firefox, and Firefox Snap looks so ugly on Debian Stable I even made a bug report.
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