Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

gordan Aug 8, 2014 @ 3:12pm
Linux Steam Based on glibc 2.12
Is there any chance of getting a steam binary based on glibc 2.12 instead of 2.15? That would enable those of us who use more serious, more stable and less bleeding edge Linux distributions to partake.
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Zyro Aug 9, 2014 @ 12:30am 
I cannot imagine they will move backwards there. I'm using steam on Debian Wheezy and a newer libc without problems, BTW.
gordan Aug 9, 2014 @ 1:01am 
"Backwards" is a relative term. There is functionally no reason to target newer glibc, and newer glibcs are backwards compatible with older ones, but not the other way around. If they have a good justification for using 2.15 over 2.12 (note: that's what my distro ships with is NOT a good justification from a developer) then that's fair, but I'd like to know what it is in that case.

RPMs would also be nice, so we don't have to rely on 3rd party binary repackages.
instabilis Aug 9, 2014 @ 5:06am 
Why are you still using glibc 2.12?
Dusk of Oolacile Aug 9, 2014 @ 5:15am 
Originally posted by instabilis:
Why are you still using glibc 2.12?
Probably the linux alternative of people sticking to Windows XP... :D
gordan Aug 9, 2014 @ 4:33pm 
Originally posted by instabilis:
Why are you still using glibc 2.12?

1) Why not?
2) Because I'm using EL6, which ships with glibc 2.12.

Originally posted by LOLCAT:
Probably the linux alternative of people sticking to Windows XP... :D

And yes, I do also still run XP. Why replace something that works with something that is more bloated yet missing features that are important to me (e.g. desktop stretching over multiple monitors, quite vital with my IBM T221 monitors that are seen as 2-4 monitors if you want more than 13Hz refresh rate due to DVI bandwidth limitations and the bandwidth requirements when running 3840x2400 - and no, there is still no other monitor available with as high a resolution).
Last edited by gordan; Aug 9, 2014 @ 4:37pm
Most people that use Linux on a desktop computer don't run RHEL/CentOS. Also, the current Linux kernel has many improvements for desktop/gaming usage over 2.6.32.
gordan Aug 10, 2014 @ 2:15am 
You'd be surprised just how many deskop/laptop RHEL/CentOS installations there are. Taking the solipsistic view that majority of people run Poobuntu/Plebian is bad enough (and highly questionable), but the fact that there isn't an official RPM for the more bleeding edge Fedora distribution users where the package versions shouldn't be an issue is easily worse.
Arminies Aug 10, 2014 @ 4:53am 
I have and see no problems in using RPMFusion. You have to add some repos anyway and RPMFusion is even quicker because you may have to download some drivers from there, too.
gordan Aug 10, 2014 @ 5:11am 
RPMFusion does not provide the required packages for this for EL6.
I (as a minority I guess) would appreciate being able to run glibc-2.15 on my distro (CentOS 6.6) but alas, without some serious coding it's just not going to happen.
Because I don't have 2.15 and instead 2.12 it means I cannot run Steam (because work PC)

So unless I manage to upgrade to CentOS 7, I'll have to stick to Windows 7 to play my steam games.
gordan Jan 7, 2015 @ 12:59am 
Steam runs fine on CentOS 6.x. I wrote an article on this a while back.
Have a look here:

I'm going to hazard a guess you haven't tried googling it - my article is the very first link:
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Date Posted: Aug 8, 2014 @ 3:12pm
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