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Steam with Wine support
So I'm very excited about a native Linux client, but I don't want to have to give up all the Wine effort I've put in to making games work. Will there be a way to download and install Windows-only games and install them using Wine? Or will I still need to run a Wine-wrapped instance of Steam alongside my native Steam?
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This would be SO counter-producive. Lazy devs will say "oh, just use steam on wine! no need to port our game!"
Rain Shinobi Oct 24, 2012 @ 11:22pm 
Unfortunately in this instance we may just have to sign into our Wine Steam install and play games the way we already do. Then when we want native steam/native games, sign back into the native client.

Kinda a pain but I'll take it if it means we have native stuff and encourage more devs to port rather than just Wine wrap.
LemonLyman Oct 24, 2012 @ 11:36pm 
Hopefully we'll eventually have some sort of tool for it, though I don't expect much so as to encourage developers to make games *for* Linux, rather than games that might just happen to work on Linux after customers work around the various issues with it.

Either way, I can't wait for this. The native Steam client has been the one major thing keeping me anchored to Windows. I'm going to have to re-learn my way around the console. It's been too long.
Pad Oct 24, 2012 @ 11:47pm 
No, no and no. Please keep Windows binaries away from a native Linux Steam client.
Weegee Oct 25, 2012 @ 2:41am 
Originally posted by (p+) Tordek trippy platypus:
This would be SO counter-producive. Lazy devs will say "oh, just use steam on wine! no need to port our game!"

No seriously, we already have PlayOnLinux doing this job, and although it's fine for most of its users it doesn't work for everybody. If you still want to play Windows games, keep a Windows partition. It's not worth the hassle.
Please, no.
Lemming Oct 25, 2012 @ 5:48am 
Linux client for native Linux games. If you want to run something made for windows, use the windows client.

There's so many little things you can tweak with wine anyway that they couldn't possibly be all catered for within the Linux client
Xeranas Oct 25, 2012 @ 5:55am 
I simply buy only those games which have native Linux port.
Magbed@Linux! Oct 25, 2012 @ 6:01am 
No, GTFO with your windows, theres already a way to run games we do not need developers trying to get some extra cash by making it compatible with wine. We need real Linux ports.
Xpander Oct 25, 2012 @ 8:22am 
still would be nice feature to be able to run "windows" games from linux steam with wine command or something..
like it or not but 90% of games will never get ported to linux least not in the near future.
and wine is fine for running many of the games. dualboot is useless..still need to have that crapos then
Last edited by Xpander; Oct 25, 2012 @ 8:22am
๖ۣۜDozN Oct 25, 2012 @ 8:25am 
They didn't waste any time at all, the developments to make Steam games work better, still benefit the software as a whole. Remember, it's only Valve games that are currently supported, you'll still need Wine to run a majority of the games you'll want to play.
bugsbony Oct 25, 2012 @ 8:43am 
I hope there will be an easy way to add wine games, switching from wine steam to native steam would be very annoying.
And to all those opposed, as long as it works well, I'm fine with games, a lot of games already work with wine, and there is no way most of the older games will be ported to wine.
If the game runs perfectly with wine, it's no different than any other library. If a game use flash or adobe air (like some do), is it a native windows game ? wine is not an emulator.
R.A.W.Agent Oct 25, 2012 @ 8:56am 
IF you are a true 'Linux lover', you should never support Wine.
I would rather support closed but native Linux softwares then apps through Wine.
chipchip Oct 25, 2012 @ 10:11am 
Some games will never be native to Linux because game devs suck Microsoft's♥♥♥♥♥♥and use DirectX so they can run on their ♥♥♥♥♥♥ XBOX.
gibblets Oct 25, 2012 @ 12:54pm 
I'm torn on this issue. Especially for older games, WINE is a great option to port the entire Steam library without developer involvement. For new releases it needs to be discouraged as much as possible but I don't want to lose my back catalog when I get rid of Windows.
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Date Posted: Oct 24, 2012 @ 10:20pm
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