Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

Shai-Hulud Mar 11, 2013 @ 5:24am
Other Distro's
So Ubuntu is going a way which many users don't like with things like the Amazon stuff and etc. I don't like it either...

So, does any of you know an other distro that can run steam without too many hassle?
Also, any news on other "supported" distro's by Valve?
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Shark Mar 11, 2013 @ 5:31am 
I tested steam on Sabayon, Opensuse and Debian so far. On Debian and Opensuse it requires some extra work. On Sabayon it worked great.
Routhinator Mar 11, 2013 @ 6:02am 
Don't forget, only Ubuntu Main is going that way.

Checkout Ubuntu-Gnome-Remix, Kubuntu, Xubuntu or Mint

They're all Ubuntu distros without Canonicals bloatware.
Sasamus Mar 11, 2013 @ 6:03am 
It works well on Arch, just installing some dependencies for certain games once in a while.
Savoritias Mar 11, 2013 @ 6:48am 
Pretty much ay distro out there runs it. Depends in what you want.
Shark Mar 11, 2013 @ 7:01am 
Originally posted by Savoritias:
Pretty much ay distro out there runs it. Depends in what you want.
that's not true, steam requires glibc 2.15 or higher, there are quite some distro's which do not offer this.
blackout24 Mar 11, 2013 @ 7:51am 
I'd also suggest you to go with Mint. Valve will still only target Ubuntu but since Mint is Ubuntu in disguise you won't have any problem. I don't have any on Arch with KDE 4.10. Don't even have to install pulseaudio or something like that anymore which some games used to depend on. Everything just works.
Shai-Hulud Mar 11, 2013 @ 8:24am 
And with Mint it doesn't matter if I choose for Mate or Cinnamon?
SUSEd Mar 11, 2013 @ 9:07am 
openSUSE, Arch, Gentoo, Debian Sid, Fedora.
blackout24 Mar 11, 2013 @ 12:58pm 
Originally posted by BerendBotje:
And with Mint it doesn't matter if I choose for Mate or Cinnamon?

The choice of your desktop environment will have as much effect on your experience with Steam as the choice of your wallpaper if you get what I'm saying... ;-)
Shai-Hulud Mar 11, 2013 @ 2:35pm 
Yeah ok. I heard people who had problems with certain desktops but so it is probally their hardware... Anyway thanks for the help. I think I go with Mint.
Cosmo Mar 11, 2013 @ 5:29pm 
Yeah, I would go with mint. I'm using it atm, and it's running almost flawlessly (I'm the only known to have my bug on Mint, and it's just controller support, easily overcome with xboxdrv)

I personally like Cinnamon, and it's customisability, but arch t.jp said, it makes no difference in reality.
VisceralMonkey Mar 11, 2013 @ 6:48pm 
Which ever you use, the best desktop environment for gaming is KDE, believe it or not. There's an option to turn off effects when a game goes full screen (it's under options) and it puts KDE ahead of just about every other DE when it comes to performance/raw fps. Another good one is XFCE with compositing turned off.

Cinnamon is one of the worst, it comes with a large performance hit and memory leak, it shouldn't be used when gaming in Linux (although it can be, you just won't get the best performance you can).

The BEST experience would probably be running Big Picture in a plain Xserver, which some people have done. I think a few Ubuntu users have written a login for this. Personally, I used Manjaro (Arch based) with Xfce as my desktop but switch over to KDE to game.
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Cosmo Mar 11, 2013 @ 7:47pm 
Originally posted by VisceralMonkey:
Which ever you use, the best desktop environment for gaming is KDE, believe it or not. There's an option to turn off effects when a game goes full screen (it's under options) and it puts KDE ahead of just about every other DE when it comes to performance/raw fps. Another good one is XFCE with compositing turned off.

Cinnamon is one of the worst, it comes with a large performance hit and memory leak, it shouldn't be used when gaming in Linux (although it can be, you just won't get the best performance you can).

The BEST experience would probably be running Big Picture in a plain Xserver, which some people have done. I think a few Ubuntu users have written a login for this. Personally, I used Manjaro (Arch based) with Xfce as my desktop but switch over to KDE to game.
Eh - This isn't JUST about gaming experience though, and admittedly I haven't used KDE in a year but last I tried it, it was heavier than cinnamon (I get 300mb RAM on boot with cinnamon, btw) and I had a lot of trouble using multiple displays. I have not noticed any memory leaks on my Cinnamon, would you care to give examples?
VisceralMonkey Mar 11, 2013 @ 9:46pm 
Certainly. This is from Sept, but, it shows the various performance hits each DE gives.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu_1210beta_desktops&num=6

As you can see, Unity gives the worst performance by far. Cinnamon isn't listed here, but I recall seeing some performance issues with that one as well, I just can't find the source. It *does* have a memory leak that's actively discussed on the Cinnamon forums should you care to head over to mint and look for it. Your best bet by far for gaming in linux is with KDE, LXDE or Xfce at the moment.

The problem is how each DE handles the buffers to render in OpenGl. KDE, shockingly, had the right idea and got out ahead of this problem before the others.

Here's some more recent info and is shows an improvement for Unity, a big one. However, KDE still pulls ahead but LXDE and E17 come out on top.. Xfce suffers in the latest, which is sad.

http://jeffhoogland.blogspot.ca/2013/02/comparison-of-linux-desktops-opengl.html
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Exar101 Mar 12, 2013 @ 3:27am 
I'm running Steam on Arch x64 with Xfce. Switched from Mint two month ago, because i wanted to learn more about Linux and i wanted a nice and clean distr.
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