MedicByCall Feb 16 @ 8:32am
[IMPORTANT] How to post a Problem to get the right Answer !
Many people in this forum write their problem in it.
They say that they having problem with XYZ.

However they DO NOT say anything about their systems.
Without sufficient information you will not get an answer.
(lack of knowledge)

Please post your information about your system ! :

System Specs:
  • CPU: ...
  • RAM: ...
  • Graphic: ...

Optional System Specs:
  • Network-Cards: ... wlan / ethernet ...
  • Manufacturer of Notebook: HP, Samsung, Asus, ...

OS Data:
  • Distribution-Name: Ubuntu / Fedora / Debian / ...
  • Version-Number: a number like 1,2,3 etc.
  • Version-Name: the forename of Version-Number like Nita, Whezzy, Milka, Sarah
  • Architecture: 32 or 64 bit
  • Kernel-Version: 3.X

Use some of these commands:
> uname -m # show architecture
> uname -a
> cat /proc/version

> apt-get install sysinfo # install graphical programm to see system info
> sysinfo
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Zyro Feb 16 @ 8:47am 
... or press Help -> System Information in the Steam client.

Often it's more important to start Steam and the game you're having problems within a console/terminal (like gnome-terminal). Then you'll see error messages and can post them in your thread.
LOLCAT Feb 16 @ 9:18am 
I don't think it matters until people start showing up here. These 2 new posts per week can be properly formatted or not, I don't really care. Usually people who miss out important information get no help and they deserve it.
Kranky K. Krackpot Sr. Feb 16 @ 9:34am 
WTF about kernel version? You have to try hard to get an error because of kernel version...

Originally posted by Zyro:
... or press Help -> System Information in the Steam client.

Often it's more important to start Steam and the game you're having problems within a console/terminal (like gnome-terminal). Then you'll see error messages and can post them in your thread.
Yup, that's enough, if only Valve devs'd made error messages a bit more informative, not just "Booom, segfault..." Anyway, the general problem as I see is that people take 64 bit distros and try to install 32-bit Steam manually, missing dependancies and messing with video-drivers...
And since there's no Linux topic on main Discussions page, many people just don't know at all that this forum exists.
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MedicByCall Feb 16 @ 11:50am 
@Kranky

Indeed. Valve should try to offer repositories for popular distributions
and make dependencies aviable to all of them. Then all linux user can install it in an easy way.

In current state steam for linux is not user-friendly to install.

Should not too hard to serve open-source-files.
Users only have to include it to /etc/apt/sources.list.
Kranky K. Krackpot Sr. Feb 16 @ 1:34pm 
Gentoo, Suse or Fedora don't have /etc/apt/sources.list... The problem is that it's hard to serve files that'll suite everyone.
Anyway, Debian Jessie and Ubuntu 13.10 already have packaged Steam in their official repos. I'm sure all their derivatives will have it as well in coming releases.
Sin Feb 16 @ 5:21pm 
It's easy to overlook what a newbie to Linux would find hard to find. I don't think it's a matter of formatting, but rather just providing help to users who need it. I personally don't think this thread is even appropriate because it can intimidate newbies into thinking that they need to know how to use Linux 'this and that' before asking for help. It really does give a wrong impression; respect the problems some users have and offer assistance unconditionally. Isn't that what a community should strive for? Asking/raising the same issues, I understand why that's annoying; but it's still worth helping out rather than frowning upon them for lack of formatting/info.
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