Fitzerrick Mar 6 @ 12:09pm
Two things I'd love to see in Steam for Linux
First off all I'm totally loving my linux steam setup. I'm not trying to be down on the state of Steam on Linux but as a heavy user of the the friends feature of steam, I've noticed two things that are missing from steam on linux that I'm really hoping the devs are still working on.

The first is very simple. Steam on windows had a useful feature of marking me away on the friends list if I hadn't touched the computer in a while. This doesn't seem to happen on SoL. The result is I come back to tens of messages from friends who all think I've been purposely giving them the silent treatment for the last four hours. I try to remember to set myself to away before I get up and leave my computer, but alas, I'm but a meager human and I forget things with my squishy meat brain. I would be very much relieved if this feature found it's way to SoL.

The second thing that I miss is perhaps a bit more complex. It happens when a friend messages me and there is no chat window open. On windows, steam would open a new chat window for me and flash it in my taskbar. Great! if I was AFK at the time the message was sent I would absolutely notice it when I got back and respond. If I was distracted by a youtube video I would notice it when the video was done, etc. This doesn't happen at all on SoL. When you get a message, it doesn't open a new window for you. All you get is the pop-up that lasts about 2 seconds (which is easy to ignore and forget about when you're watching a video) and the sound, which isn't very helpful for me when my headphones are plugged in and laying on the floor. So It's happened a few times that I've opened a new window manually to send a message to a friend only to discover in said new window that about 6 friends have messaged me and I had no idea and I was just sitting at my computer doing nothing. The only solution I have found is to keep a chat window open at all times so that I can see the flashing in the actual window when someone messages me. Unfortunately I also sometimes forget to open up this window on startup or whatever (damn organic fail brain) and would love if there was a better solution.

Devs, any chance these two things are being worked on?

Linux users who are more savvy at this than I, have you discovered or created better solutions to these two problems? I'd love to hear about them!

Thanks for reading!
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Pocket Mar 11 @ 12:14pm 
Originally posted by Fitzerrick:
The first is very simple. Steam on windows had a useful feature of marking me away on the friends list if I hadn't touched the computer in a while. This doesn't seem to happen on SoL. The result is I come back to tens of messages from friends who all think I've been purposely giving them the silent treatment for the last four hours. I try to remember to set myself to away before I get up and leave my computer, but alas, I'm but a meager human and I forget things with my squishy meat brain. I would be very much relieved if this feature found it's way to SoL.
That one might have relied on a built-in Windows feature; I have noticed that both Steam and Trillian mark me as Away at the exact same moment, and it would be pretty odd if it were just a coincidence.
Fitzerrick Mar 11 @ 3:46pm 
Yeah that may be so, but steam should be able to internally tell if it's been touched in the last 20 minutes right? I would suspect that a pop-up window would be harder to do on linux though.
Pocket Mar 11 @ 4:04pm 
If it hasn't been touched, sure, but you're asking it to be able to monitor all activity on the system to see if you're just completely AFK. Might be a bit trickier. Obviously the desktop manager monitors all inputs (except the controller, sadly) so it knows when to go to screen saver, but whether it allows other apps to see that data is another matter, plus it would probably be different for every desktop manager.
Turambar Mar 15 @ 2:47pm 
That's weird, I had the same second problem as you (Steam notification only and chat not forced open) but it got fix for me a while back (a few months I think ?), so I actually thought this was an official fix of this issue.

So that might have been me tinkering with the windows parameters (like ticking all urgent-signal-flash-them-windows checboxes), but I can't say for sure and I can't say what I did exactly if that's the case.

But that was indeed damn annoying to be unknowingly obnoxious for days towards someone until I wanted to tell them something and .. oh crap.
LOLCAT Mar 16 @ 11:29am 
Two things I'd love to see in Steam for linux:

1. games
2. games
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