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Mike Dec 1, 2012 @ 10:10am
Issue Report: Steam Client Bugs on Ubuntu 12.10 amd64
I hope Valve reads this. First of all, allow me to say thank you to Valve for bringing the world's largest gaming platform to Linux. There is indeed much work to be done for the programmers and beta testers alike, but if we keep at it, we should both end up winning this battle.

Current issues with the steam client:
-ugly looking update dialogue that does not use smoothed fonts such as in Windows
-Flash player does not appear to work in the client
-currently, when enrolled in the Steam beta for Linux, despite this fact, under beta enrolment in the settings menu, beta enrolment is reported as none despite there being no steam stable for Linux yet
-directwrite appears as an option under the settings menu, and directwrite is Windows only. I believe pango is used to smooth fonts on Linux. Either you guys could remove the option and just use system default font smoothing by default, utilize OpenGL, or have an option to enable/disable Pango and/or OpenGL font smoothing. I am not 100% sure if OpenGL can be used for font smoothing, but it's worth a look
-internet connection under Downloads+voice thinks I am using a 56k modem! That one was a bit funny! I am using a Cable Modem with top speeds up to 2MB per second (at peak) over a wireless connection
-text near the steam cloud options is crunched together and spaced incorrectly and not properly aligned with the check boxes to their left
-when the Steam window is resized, window controls do not appear

Game specific issues:
-have not tested games yet

Ubuntu-specific issues:
-global menu support
-remove window controls from steam and put them into the

Issues associated with the Linux platform:
-with regards to the Flash issue, perhaps videos could be served up in HTML5 or Steam should allow older versions of Flash player (we will only get up to 11.2, Adobe has stopped supporting Flash on Linux except for security updates for the next five years)

More will come in the future. I will keep adding details to these client bugs that I have found. I wish I could find some terminal output for each of these, but most are minor issues and can just be seen from withing the settings window. If need be, I will add more system details, screenshots, remove duplicate bugs, and add some log files. So basically I will make this my own bug report thread with all the unreported issues I have found in detail as time goes on, if that's OK. I'm new to the forums, but have been using Steam for about 10 years or so, and Linux (Ubuntu specifically) for 3-4 years.
Last edited by Mike; Dec 1, 2012 @ 10:15am
Date Posted: Dec 1, 2012 @ 10:10am
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