Shingo San Feb 5, 2013 @ 5:53am
My Steam, My Return
Hello, I would like to share my return on Steam on Linux. I'm not a big Linux user. I tried many times to replace it with Windows but I have not been satisfied. With the announcement of Steam, I am motivated to forget Windows. I chose the distribution is, in my opinion, the best: ArchLinux. I'm turning 64-bit, I managed to install Steam and install the latest driver from ATI. For the moment, I can only judge the installation, interface and use Steam.

First observation: Steam will not start until you do not have a good driver from ATI. Once the update is complete, I found Steam to charge long and slow in its use. Some many functions crash the application and must be very careful where you click if: killlall steam from a command line.

I hope you will work hard to provide optimized versions that are either at the interface or games.

PS: i'm french
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OCaptainMyCaptain Feb 5, 2013 @ 6:22am 
running arch64, no issues other than the initial load of a game is a little slower than win7. ps, (not that you have, but) don't use 3rd party drivers.
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NA Feb 5, 2013 @ 6:59am 
Hi Shingo San -- If it's any comfort, Valve is optimizing Steam for Ubuntu 12.04 first. This is so that they can test with the least amount of confusion and repetition. ArchLinux is a very popular, stable and well-liked distro, so I think they will consider optimizing Steam for it (and for Linux Mint) later. Although many have even gotten Steam to work under different distros, for those of us less technically-minded this could be a challenge. With patience, I think we will get there.
Les Grossman Feb 5, 2013 @ 7:02am 
1. You are using an unsupported distribution
2. You are using a beta software (Steam)

Things will improve a lot in a couple of months.
Last edited by Les Grossman; Feb 5, 2013 @ 7:03am
Cheogh Feb 5, 2013 @ 7:14am 
Works pretty great on archlinux for me. Nothing requiring a kill of any kind.
Maybe because I'm using an nvidia card.
Last edited by Cheogh; Feb 5, 2013 @ 7:15am
Shingo San Feb 5, 2013 @ 7:20am 
Yes, I am aware that this is a beta version not supported natively on ArchLinux. It is a miracle that it works. This is not a pejorative criticism. I just trying to relate my experience in the hope that the team will tackle seriously Steam Steam on ArchLinux. In any case, I do not intend to move this distribution, because Ubuntu does not suit me at all.
OCaptainMyCaptain Feb 5, 2013 @ 8:12am 
I have an immense disliking of Ubuntu as well. If valve made the steam client completely Ubuntu proprietary, I wouldn't use it. Luckily they've been pretty good thus far.
killergurke Feb 5, 2013 @ 9:31am 
You could help out with some detailed bugreporting:
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues
s.plisskin [Archlinux] Feb 5, 2013 @ 10:11am 
I'm on Archlinux X86_64 and i have no problems. I'm using Nvidia however, maybe it's a driver problem? You using the Catalyst drivers?
Shingo San Feb 5, 2013 @ 10:33am 
I do not know how, but the interface is more fluid. The launch is still a bit long but the launch of the game is fast. I just tried TF2. I am surprised and shocked. The game runs perfectly. It is very fast. I do not remember that the game was too fast in Windows 7 but I am very happy with the work of Valve. Keep it up guys!
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