Steam Received’t Support Ubuntu 19.10 and Future Releases
Do you utilize Steam on Ubuntu? You’ll have to change to a brand new Linux distro sooner or later. A Valve developer introduced that Steam gained’t formally assist Ubuntu 19.10 or future releases. Ubuntu-based Linux distributions are additionally affected.
That is all as a result of Canonical introduced plans to drop 32-bit packages and libraries from Ubuntu 19.10. These packages allow 32-bit software program to run on 64-bit variations of Ubuntu.
Whereas most Linux purposes will get alongside simply wonderful, it is a enormous blow to Valve’s Steam. Many Linux video games on Steam are solely obtainable in 32-bit kind—they work on 64-bit Linux distributions, however solely with the 32-bit libraries. As Phoronix not too long ago identified, this additionally impacts the Wine compatibility layer that enables working Windows software program on Linux—Wine gained’t have the ability to run 32-bit Windows software program anymore. Steam’s compatibility layer for working Windows video games on Linux would additionally not work for 32-bit video games.
After Canonical’s announcement, Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais tweeted that Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases “is not going to be formally supported by Steam or advisable to our customers.” Valve will formally assist and suggest a distinct Linux distribution sooner or later.
Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases will not be officially supported by Steam or recommended to our users. We will evaluate ways to minimize breakage for existing users, but will also switch our focus to a different distribution, currently TBD.
— Pierre-Loup Griffais (@Plagman2) June 22, 2019
The excellent news is that your current Ubuntu set up—whether or not it’s Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo” or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver”—will proceed working Steam and its Linux video games for years to return.
The unhealthy information is that Linux avid gamers who take pleasure in Ubuntu will possible have to change to a distinct Linux distribution sooner or later—except Canonical or Valve change course.