SoulEater_yilmaz_durmaz Oct 18, 2013 @ 5:40pm
must be added: download windows game while in linux (update:any game any platform)
hi,

i am a user of windows and linux both. they both have advantages and disadvantages but this is off topic.

i am playing games in windows and spend other times programming on linux. i just have 8Mb adsl internet and i dont want my time wasted waiting to download hordes of gigabytes in windows.

linux users should have the ability to download games for windows while in linux in backup mode, and then games can be installled from those backupped folders in windows.

this will be a real advancing to attract linux user of my type.
i hope this suggesting discussion will be read/heard by steam developers, and we will have this option soon.
YILMAZ

update:
after some supporting and none supporting discussions, i have a more general proposal here.
though some still think there are other ways around, i want it in the client which is easier to use.

my idea now is: steam client must have the feature to download any game we buy in any platform we use in backup mode without trying installation.

there are two basic situation this is useful: 1) i play at home with slow connection and want to download it at office but with computers having another platform. 2) again with slow connection, do work in one platform and play in another, and dont want to waste time without doing both during the installation period (tried to play online game while some other program eating bandwidth??).
Last edited by SoulEater_yilmaz_durmaz; Oct 26, 2013 @ 1:25am
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ANSCH Oct 19, 2013 @ 4:52am 
Problem is windows have big problems reading the regular filesystems of *nix.
Does the Steam Linux client have the option to place games on different drives like the Win version? Also this would require the user to have the NTFS libraries to be able to read Win drives. Are these libraries included default in any dist?
In such a case it could be a good idea, but very unlikely to be implemented. There are probably just a too tiny demographic that would benefit from such a feature for Valve to want to implement it.
[Linux] Junior s2 Camila Oct 21, 2013 @ 6:48am 
Originally posted by В31•ANSCH:
Problem is windows have big problems reading the regular filesystems of *nix.
Does the Steam Linux client have the option to place games on different drives like the Win version? Also this would require the user to have the NTFS libraries to be able to read Win drives. Are these libraries included default in any dist?
In such a case it could be a good idea, but very unlikely to be implemented. There are probably just a too tiny demographic that would benefit from such a feature for Valve to want to implement it.
If he just spend his time on Linux programming than he would mostly download Windows-Only games, meaning the backups would work as expected.

@OP: Why don't you use Wine?

Yes, I'm in favor of this feature. There should be an option to download the Windows game on Linux but there should be also a warning telling "THIS GAME WON'T WORK UNDER LINUX!" just so that people don't rush to the forums thinking they have all their games ported to Linux.
Apocryphus Oct 21, 2013 @ 8:39am 
I'm pretty sure adding such a feature would up Steam's bandwidth eating. Not cost-efficient!
SoulEater_yilmaz_durmaz Oct 21, 2013 @ 2:22pm 
В31•ANSCH:
it shall not be intented to be installed. steram client could be reprogrammed to download installation files in back-up mode so we can move it to either windows partition or backup dvd and then install in windows.

[Arch Linux] - Junior s2 Camila:
thanks for support. i would use wine, but then it would eat disk space, and could result in missing installation files when moved to windows. i cant say it would be the same.

RAVEN MCCCXXXVII:
i wouldnt mind even if they limit the speed for such enhancement. because we would not be in a hurry in this case. just doing our own job while our hobby getting downloaded.

as i said before, i hope developers will have a peek on this topic and share the idea.
[Linux] Junior s2 Camila Oct 21, 2013 @ 2:32pm 
[Arch Linux] - Junior s2 Camila:
thanks for support. i would use wine, but then it would eat disk space, and could result in missing installation files when moved to windows. i cant say it would be the same.
What disk space? Wine is pretty light-weight. If you're talking about the games you download on Linux (that will work on Windows) than you can copy them to the Windows partition and then delete them.
rudeboyskunk Oct 21, 2013 @ 3:44pm 
This topic has been posted so many times, I could reiterate every argument for and against...
Jamie F Oct 21, 2013 @ 6:59pm 
Seriously this thread again...... No.... You want your windows games load windows you want your linux games load linux... Not hard concept. Now dosbox games should have the linux binaries by now for dosbox..Those should be re released other then that.... Keep windows on windows and linux to linux /thread.
[Linux] Junior s2 Camila Oct 21, 2013 @ 7:43pm 
This isn't a matter of wanting to play a windows game on Linux, it's a matter of "freedom". Since the client is multi-platform I don't see why we should be restricted from downloading whatever game we want whenever we want.

I should be able to download a Windows game while doing work on Linux, but that doesn't the game will work on Linux, OF COURSE NOT. It's restriction vs freedom, I could perfectly download a Windows game on Linux and then copy it's content to a Windows drive/partition.
Amarillo Oct 21, 2013 @ 11:30pm 
Originally posted by Arch Linux - Junior s2 Camila:
"freedom"
Hello there, this is steam and we have drm... not a very intrusive one but is still drm :3
[Linux] Junior s2 Camila Oct 21, 2013 @ 11:43pm 
Originally posted by E1420:
Originally posted by Arch Linux - Junior s2 Camila:
"freedom"
Hello there, this is steam and we have drm... not a very intrusive one but is still drm :3
Hi.

I'm going to sleep now. If you don't mind I'd love to see where DRM restricts the download of a game-for-windows on Linux.
If there's such a thing than I'll stop supporting such idea on the games that aren't allowed =)

Bye.
LOLCAT Oct 22, 2013 @ 4:06am 
Originally posted by RAVEN MCCCXXXVII:
I'm pretty sure adding such a feature would up Steam's bandwidth eating. Not cost-efficient!
Nope. You'd download the games from within windows otherwise. And you cannot do both at the same time. You also won't do both at all.
Zyro Oct 22, 2013 @ 6:38am 
is not needed: download windows game while in linux

Seriously: Sounds like the most unimportant feature request for Steam I've ever read.
Apocryphus Oct 22, 2013 @ 7:42am 
Honestly, if you want to download Windows game then just do it through Steam on WINE. Yeh, I hate WINE; but for you guys it's no problem.
SoulEater_yilmaz_durmaz Oct 22, 2013 @ 1:14pm 
you guys dont understand why we use linux and why need this feature.
i dont want to play games in linux just because games are designed to work on windows (or MAC likewise).
i do work on linux and do play on windows. that is my way.
and the problem is this: while waiting games being downloaded i cannot do my work not cant play the game right away (some games support partial download to be played, that is not the case)
and using wine to install is not enough because some games will require different files according to architecture of windows such as xp, 7 or 8 or 32/64 bit. then the installation may have broken or wrong packages to run on my windows system. wine does not include everything windows applications needs.

ps: i searched forum for possible similar topics. but none has this content. so please dont mess up with incomplete information you have.
Apocryphus Oct 22, 2013 @ 1:25pm 
I don't even understand your argument; why do you want to download Windows games under Steam for Linux, while you have a Windows installation that you play on? None of this makes sense; either you're high or we're all dumb.
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