Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

How would this be for Dual Booters?
Ok, so since I'm not on in the Beta, I guess other people have the right to tell me to shut up. But here goes.

As a Dual Booter, I'd probably like to play my games on both Linux and Windows when it comes out. At the moment, if you Wine this thing, you can symlink the folders, and save on hard disk space.

Would a similar feature/work around be available when Steam goes native? I mean, as far as I know, Macs don't have either, what with the differing binaries, so the chances of me doing this is pretty slim. With some games getting to the 10GB zone, I'll have to restrict some games to just one operating system.

To those already in on the beta and have a dual boot: What are you doing? Have you found a way to save disk space, and still play native on both OSs?

Thanks guys!
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DarkStarSword Nov 20, 2012 @ 7:50pm 
I really hope so - there's already been a few threads discussing this and related topics:

Currently just symlinking SteamApps as a whole is a really bad idea that leads to windows only games being completely deleted and other titles being corrupted (speaking from experience, glad I had backups).

Other approaches such as just symlinking common (bad idea) or using rdfind to symlink duplicate files (ok idea) may work, but will likely still have some issues when a game is updated on one or both of the platforms. Some games like Trine 2 won't work with this approach at all since their archive files differ too much on the different platforms due to how their build system works (only about 50MB out of 2.5GB are identical files).

I've been thinking about the problem a bit, and the way I envision things working is by enhancing the other libraries feature to add an existing Windows Steam library that the Linux client can symlink identical files from (based on the checksums in the .manifest files). Then, they could quite easily implement that other feature I want and have the Linux client update Windows games and things would be awesome :)

But for now I'm sure they have their hands full.

I'm not sure if this is relevant to the mac client just yet, though the same approach should work there. Has Apple managed to fix all their NTFS corruption issues yet?
I mean, to be honest, a considerable proportion of Linux users probably keep their Windows, because as a fact of life, Linux can't do everything. (Yet. Let's see how things turn out.)

You're right. Valve must be quite busy at the moment. But considering the necessity for Linux users to dual boot, it should eventually be an added feature, especially considering that unlike Mac users, we use both OSs often.
Muffinabus Nov 20, 2012 @ 9:22pm 
Hard drive space is so cheap nowadays I couldn't give a♥♥♥♥♥♥if my two Steam installs shared resources.
That is another possible way of looking at it. But I personally do. Nothing for Valve to work itself over, but...
Muffinabus Nov 23, 2012 @ 12:22pm 
I could see how it would be a nice feature so I'm not going to stop you from promoting it (:
arc| Gps Dec 21, 2012 @ 5:03am 
My pc is dual boot.
simply rebooting pc into the other os, does all.
First time login on linux I needed a extra code, which Valve send me through email.
Since then, and I tried, is steam running both on windows and linux.
The only difference, on linux it will not start up it self.
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Date Posted: Nov 20, 2012 @ 5:38pm
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