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Steam OS for Linux

Post#1 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:14 pm

Does anyone here use Steam OS for Linux for gaming? I have it so I can play Crusader Kings II and when I bought CKII, I got the five year edition that came with five of the DLCs.

According to my Steam OS library, all five DLCs are installed, but when I get CKII going, I am not able to access those DLCs. For instance, The Old Gods is installed according to Steam, but I can't choose the Viking Age for a starting point for a new game.

Anyone here familiar with this and know of a solution? Thank you.
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Re: Steam OS for Linux

Post#2 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:19 am

I'm not familiar with Steam OS in particular, although I appreciate what it has done for gaming on Linux in general. Currently dual-booting W10 (for gaming) and Qubes OS (for general use).

I'm assuming this problem is long trouble-shot.

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Post#3 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:27 am

I got this solved, yeah. I actually don't remember how, but I think I found some bug report and solution.

Steam is pretty cool. I haven't played too much with its other OSy features besides serving as a platform for Crusader Kings II, but it has browsing and other stuff. The library of games it offers is pretty extensive.
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Re: Steam OS for Linux

Post#4 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:02 pm

Do you do any computing on desktop, or no? I'm assuing you're running Steam OS on some sort of dedicated-TV machine?

Generally anything compatible with Steam OS is also going to be compatible with your main Linux distros, especially things like Mint and Manjaro which come with pretty much all drivers.

My fear though is that when the Steam Machine thing finally dies off, we might see Linux versions cease to be released. Desktop computing is dying overall (Android has passed Windows), and Linux is still a small fraction of overall desktops.

We are also still swimming upstream with things like Nvidia drivers, and lack of DirectX12. A lot more could be possible if Linux had the support of key players in the industry. In theory, every game should run better on Linux, because the OS is lighter weight. The opposite tends to be true, due to patches and developer support.
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Re: Steam OS for Linux

Post#5 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:30 pm

DeathScythe wrote:Do you do any computing on desktop, or no? I'm assuing you're running Steam OS on some sort of dedicated-TV machine?

I run Steam on my desktop which is running Linux Mint.

My fear though is that when the Steam Machine thing finally dies off, we might see Linux versions cease to be released. Desktop computing is dying overall (Android has passed Windows), and Linux is still a small fraction of overall desktops.

Do you think it will die off? I don't follow these things, so I'm not up on Steam's popularity or lack thereof. Is it trending down? Is its future in doubt?

We are also still swimming upstream with things like Nvidia drivers, and lack of DirectX12. A lot more could be possible if Linux had the support of key players in the industry. In theory, every game should run better on Linux, because the OS is lighter weight. The opposite tends to be true, due to patches and developer support.

It'd be great, I agree. I miss playing SimCity. And Flight Simulator!
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Re: Steam OS for Linux

Post#6 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:44 am

Linux Mint is solid, I used them for years.

Steam Machines existed as a way for PC gamers to play on their TV, and so it didn't get the numbers that some thought it might, a la Xbox or PS4. It was an alternative. But, Valve has the money to stick with it, and companies like Alienware don't have a lot of options for software.

Some recent developments though were Steam's Proton service, launched last August, which utilizes a fork of Wine to do basically the same thing, with any Windows game. Now the library of games available for Linux is huge.

You may not be using it. You'll have to go into your Steam settings and enable the "Beta version", then go back into settings again after restarting to enable Proton. You should then restart it again, and if you have SimCity and Flight Simulator available on Steam in Windows, see that they're now able to be installed on your Linux system via the Proton service.

I ran Fallout New Vegas and Age of Empires (a Microsoft game) just fine this way on an Arch Linux based system (Manjaro).

Manjaro is similar to Linux Mint: all in one package with software and drivers included.
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