Chacious Aug 22, 2013 @ 12:34pm
Steam for Linux - Interface Question
Lately, my laptop has been running Linux more than windows and I have noticed that the steam window won't close from the "taskbar" *the alt-tab switch* and retreat to the *system tray* *the part where the icons and clock is* I realize these probably aren't correct terms, which is why I put stars around them, but in windows it works fine, and I was scouring through the settings menu and all options to find a way for this to work.

Also I have searched for a Linux Forum on here, there was none. I found mac and mobile on the parent forum this discussion forum is a part of.

I enjoy Steam, and the games I have got from them, they are almost the only names in Linux gaming, certainly the most capable in my opinion. I am glad they are working to put more gameso n Linux, I can't wait for more to come, as my KSP runs 10x better in Ubuntu rather than Windows.

I appreciate any help given, and if none comes to mind, just the act of reading this.
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R3450N Aug 22, 2013 @ 5:25pm 
Which distro? Which DE? Please give us more information.
Chacious Aug 22, 2013 @ 11:30pm 
Distro is latest Ubuntu, can you give me more context than DE?
noam.mor Aug 22, 2013 @ 11:43pm 
I know what you mean, and I have the same thing. I think it's because on Windows they use double click on the tray icon to open the Steam window, but on Unity you (presumably) can't hook to double click on the tray icon, so they need to add a menu entry, and until they do that they just prevent you from closing the window. Might be worth it to report this as a bug, but I'd assume they know already.
noam.mor Aug 22, 2013 @ 11:52pm 
Tried it, you can edit your shortcut on the desktop (the .desktop file) to sh -c 'STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1 steam'. This causes the window to really close, but then to start it you need to click the icon and choose e.g "store" or "library", which is for me a bit awkward. Hope this works for you.
Chacious Aug 23, 2013 @ 9:20am 
noam.mor sounds like what I want, as long as by close you don't mean the whole application quits like when you try to hit "x" and it acts like you went to exit *or when you try to close group chat and the same thing happens*
Chacious Aug 23, 2013 @ 9:36am 
Sweet, I read the posts and added: "sh -c 'STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1 steam'" into my .desktop and it works perfectly, thanks guys! This will improve my Linux/Steam experience greatly; I like only having those things I want to work on right now on my "Alt-Tab" menu, so it will save me from seeing steam every time. Also it got annoying not being able to close other steam windows, so that there were upwards of three steam windows open *steam, chat and friends*

Appreciate all the help, let me know if I can help in any way.
Chacious Aug 23, 2013 @ 1:19pm 
I could be wrong, but it seems once I did that to the shortcut, both KSP & Steam seem to be running very nicely, maybe it's a combination of that and updates...
noam.mor Aug 23, 2013 @ 5:15pm 
Happy that it's working :)
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