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Developer breaks silence about 'The Silent Age', a point-and-click adventure for which a Linux port was promised
1 July 2016 at 11:09 am UTC

Yes, but I like this forum and would like to support it someday. This is the information it can provide for me to increase my interest. :-)

Developer breaks silence about 'The Silent Age', a point-and-click adventure for which a Linux port was promised
1 July 2016 at 10:29 am UTC

It would be really interesting to better understand the issues that gets reported when devs face issues with Linux ports. What does the "texture" issue really mean for instance? Is there a 32/64 bit mess up? Are the APIs incomplete on the Linux side? What is it?

Game porter Ethan Lee on packaging games for Linux
17 June 2016 at 6:10 pm UTC Likes: 1

I'm confused over why no one have looked into solutions like


Things I feel Valve need to address to help SteamOS really be something fantastic
16 June 2016 at 2:42 pm UTC

This was a great summary. None of these issues seems like a big deal if they ever were serious about launching Steam Machine in the first place. It's weird that they haven't. It's like they don't really believe in their own message. They should. Steam Machine is extremely cool. Maybe there are IP issues or other legal complications which lock them down.

Steam Machines are dead in the water according to Ars, not quite
3 June 2016 at 12:56 pm UTC

I definitely think there will be a rebirth of the PC. PC means "Personal" computer, and if it's something the "Cloud" has accomplished it's to eliminate all things "personal" and private. Now you are the product all of a sudden. This must change. This will change. When it does, Valve might be well positioned with a Linux platform. Of course, they might confuse the Linux advantage with the attractive combination of using open source to power secret proprietary cloud platforms. This would be a mistake they share with the other giants but hopefully learn to see past before the pendulum swings again.

K "the prophet" has spoken.. Seriously, I'm rarely mistaken. Just obscure enough to always be right. :-)

First Steps with OpenVR and the Vive on Linux
17 May 2016 at 1:01 pm UTC Likes: 6

"but can't happen until either official vendor support for the Vive on Linux is announced" => There are severe disagreement on whether or not there were official vendor support. For us pre-ordering the Vive and having long discussions with HTC first and second line support it is evident that official support was promised at the time of order but never delivered. According to European law it would give us the right to name our prize for this blatant misdirected market communication. I think this can be pointed out in a text like this.

I'm happy to see progress, but we shouldn't diminish the issue of a US company breaking European law.

In communication with HTC support I'm been told that "HTC will investigate why Valve hasn't got Linux support as they promised".

Valve & HTC launch the Vive VR device, without Linux & SteamOS support
13 May 2016 at 2:06 pm UTC Likes: 1

I should add that Swedish law (and probably European law) gives me the right to name the cost for what false marketing has costed me. From my perspective this looks rather promising. I encourage any other Linux user to follow in my foot steps here and make note of the following viable facts:
1. During preorder you could click "I'm using Linux OS" as part of the order process.
2. The net is full of stories about HTC stating they support Linux on day one.
3. Valve installs SteamVR beta on Linux. This support didn't just happen. Someone planned it.


Valve & HTC launch the Vive VR device, without Linux & SteamOS support
13 May 2016 at 2:02 pm UTC Likes: 1

I've now spoken to HTC second line support (first line agreed with me after 15 minutes of pretty decent communication surrounding the matter). After a few minutes the support guys says "if you go to you see that Steam supports Linux".

We got it later clarified that SteamVR isn't the same thing as Steam, but "as SteamVR is supported on Mac it can hardly be difficult to port it to Linux too".

I don't know if SteamVR works on Mac but I agreed and said I was very happy to share the confusion with HTC support on this matter. The Support guy promised to contact Vavle for a clarification on when Linux will work.

Valve & HTC launch the Vive VR device, without Linux & SteamOS support
9 May 2016 at 9:18 pm UTC

"Message by Support Tech Raymond on Mon, May 9 2016 9:13
Hello Kristofer,

Thank you for contacting Steam Support.
We apologize for the delay.
At this time, SteamVR is not supported on Linux.
You will need to use a Windows based machine to run SteamVR.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
If you have any further difficulty, please let us know - we will be happy to assist you."

HTC has not replied yet. Although I'm completely convinced they lied right out. I filled out an order form with Linux as an option. There was no indication in any correspondence with HTC that this contract could be broken later on.

Not that this stops me from using the Vive, which is an awesome product of course, but this kind of ignorance really pisses me off and I would be satisfied with so little.

Valve & HTC launch the Vive VR device, without Linux & SteamOS support
8 May 2016 at 8:53 pm UTC


Don't know if you follow this thread anymore, but I'd like to share my experience with the HTC Vive with you. I've just received it and at the beginning it looked like it would work fine:
* Bundle on Steam installed after I submitted the code from HTC.
* When I plugged in the Vive, steam automatically installed SteamVR.


A day later my programs were 'lost' from Steam. The option to install them didn't exist anymore. The steamvr button is there but nothing happens when I try to run it. There aren't much of comprehensible error messages too. No response from either HTC (which asked which OS I was going to use and gave me all reasons to believe they would support my choice) nor Valve so far. I hope it is because of the weekend.

I hope you've had more luck. Fortunately I had another computer with Windows (urk) which allowed me to try it anyway and.. yes.. this is a paradigm shift. The world is not the same. I really hope linux is on the train to the future.

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