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Maxo
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Steam Client hits the Ubuntu repos

said by »www.engadget.com/2013/02/14/stea···release/ :

Ubuntu users who've been thirsty for the first stable release of Valve's Steam Client can officially consider themselves quenched. After months of rigorous beta testing, Newell's platform has finally arrived in the Software Center for download. You'll be even more enthused to know that it's currently packing 100 games, all of which are temporarily discounted 50- to 75-percent (until Feb. 21st, 1PM EST) to get the party started -- Team Fortress players also get a "Tux penguin". And with that, we'll steer you to the source link below to download it for yourself.


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Maxo
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While it's clear they are specifically targeting Ubuntu, hopefully we'll this spread out to other distros soon.


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I'm running debian wheezy 64bit, and managed to install the beta a couple weeks ago using instructions found at steampowered.com. Part of the process was to run a script that called for downloads from ubuntu into my debian machine.
Since ubuntu is a fork, I didn't care too much.
It worked until I fugged it up, and now after uninstalling and reinstalling steam using the same instructions/scripts, Steam still won't work.
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I tried running steam, it worked fine. But when I tried running Team fortress 2 the game kept bitching about GL drivers being out of date. I don't feel like running around trying to figure out how to update my nvidia drivers, so I said fuck it and gave up on steam. IMO, if steam games are bitching about drivers, then steam can request to fetch and install said drivers.

Add to that, the video card is a 7900 GT or GS.
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said by Maxo:

While it's clear they are specifically targeting Ubuntu, hopefully we'll this spread out to other distros soon.

There was an Arch package in the official repos over a week ago so they are. I just hope their focus on Ubuntu doesn't lead to poor interoperability with other distros in the long run due to Ubuntu's many little rarely shared behind the scenes modifications.


Maxo
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said by HoboJ:

There was an Arch package in the official repos over a week ago so they are.

That's great new. Thanks for sharing.
said by HoboJ:

due to Ubuntu's many little rarely shared behind the scenes modifications.

Always shared. Sometimes not accepted by upstream.

me1212

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said by HoboJ:

due to Ubuntu's many little rarely shared behind the scenes modifications.

Doesn't the gpl make them share the modifications?

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said by me1212:

said by HoboJ:

due to Ubuntu's many little rarely shared behind the scenes modifications.

Doesn't the gpl make them share the modifications?

No. It merely obligates them to make the source available. They're not required to work with upstream to make their changes fit into upstream which is what I was referring to with their lack of sharing.

Like I said earlier I hope this doesn't introduce incomparability with other distros if steam ever takes advantage of one of these special Ubuntu modifications.

me1212

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Oh, well thats disturbing news. However, knowing valve unless there is no other practical way for them they wont use that. Heck I expect mint and debian at least to get official support, maybe even arch and more.


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said by me1212:

Oh, well thats disturbing news.

It's also one-sided news. Canonical has been very aggressive about working with their upstreams to have a collaborative relationship.
At the end of the day, if you need feature X, and upstream doesn't want it, then you've got to do your thing.
It is a real pain for the Ubuntu devs to keep a bunch of patches around that have to be merged in every time a new version of upstream code is brought down.
There is no incentive for them to keep their patches to themself.
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#1 rule, never ever install anything ubuntu related .debs, scripts, etc, in a pure debian environment.

Ubuntu is not debian binary compatible, and it will mess up your system sooner or later, especially doing a apt-get dist-upgrade (debian sid updates 4 times a day).

Been since woody and sarge since I last ran stable, but, still not advisable.


EUS
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Good advice, luckily the box has not shown any ill effects.