amsra1 Oct 17, 2013 @ 4:43pm
Linux compatibility question
New to Steam on Linux but I have an extensive collection of games on Steam. Looking thru my library I see most of them say "not availible on your current platform" in the game info, but I see a fair number of them that do not say that, altho they do not have an Install button on the game page. Will they work? Or is it just a matter of the game info not being updated?

Thanks for your help :)
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-FwG- ^ Bucky21659 Oct 17, 2013 @ 5:08pm 
If it says it'll install, then it'll install.
[420]0589651 Oct 17, 2013 @ 6:00pm 
Most things in your steam library wont be 'native' to Linux. Anything that is should work with no problems.

If you want to try and move your Windows Steam library over to the Linux platform, you will need to install Steam using Play On Linux, then this second Steam install will attempt to run the windows Games through the WINE system. This has a hit and miss sort of success rate. Some things work straight away, some things.. well, just don't.

You Can have a look on the WineDB to see what level of playability your favourite games are at.

Aside from that, It's simply a matter of waiting and crossing your fingers in the hopes your favourite game gets ported to Steam for Linux.

Good Luck!
[Linux] Junior s2 Camila Oct 17, 2013 @ 6:09pm 
Hover your mouse over "LIBRARY" and then "LINUX GAMES". Only the games there will install.

http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/9868/0y5e.png
Miss Valeska Oct 23, 2013 @ 11:07pm 
Yeah, Check the linux games section, Also, Something you might want to explore is wine. You could, Also, Install steam with wine, You should look into playonlinux. Also, Wine is not magic, It's actually extremely difficult to do what it does. Especially since they don't even have the source code to look at. So, If a game doesn't work properly, Or the sound is messed up. Please try to remember how much hard work has gone into this extremely difficult project for free. And that any problem is not just a simple fix, Even if it seems like it to us in the moment. And, That they don't make it bad on purpose. ANyway! Good luck! You can message me if you have any problems!
LOLCAT Oct 24, 2013 @ 12:27am 
The advertisement above me lacks he most important aspect: It's not only bugs that will make your life harder. That's the smaller problem. You'll also need a nuclear power plant and 2 supercomputers all connected to each other to be able to play anything newer than 10-year-old games. Wine is not a solution.
Fibbles Oct 24, 2013 @ 9:02am 
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
The advertisement above me lacks he most important aspect: It's not only bugs that will make your life harder. That's the smaller problem. You'll also need a nuclear power plant and 2 supercomputers all connected to each other to be able to play anything newer than 10-year-old games. Wine is not a solution.

This is just so much crap. There is around a 30% performance loss when running DirectX games in Wine. OpenGL games will run as if they are native.
[Linux] Junior s2 Camila Oct 24, 2013 @ 9:09am 
Originally posted by Fibbles:
This is just so much crap. There is around a 30% performance loss when running DirectX games in Wine. OpenGL games will run as if they are native.
I played Call of Duty 4-6 and Crysis 2 with better performance than Windows.
Let's not make our cases as if they were General ;)
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