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  1. Valve Finally Makes Steam Work Out-of-the-Box with Open-Source Graphics Drivers Also introduces idle detection and updates the Vulkan loader The new Steam Client Beta update brings quite a lot of changes (see them all in the changelog attached at the end of the story), but we're very interested in the Linux ones, which appears to let Steam work out-of-the-box with open-source graphics drivers on various modern GNU/Linux distributions, while implementing a new setting for older ones to improve the interaction between Steam's runtime and system's host libraries. "Improved interactions between the Steam runtime and host distribution libraries, which should let Steam work out of the box with open-source graphics drivers on modern distributions. If using an older distribution or running into problems, use STEAM_RUNTIME_PREFER_HOST_LIBRARIES=0 to revert to previous behavior," reads the release notes. Vulkan loader updated to enable Xlib support, idle detection added Additionally, Valve implemented idle detection for Linux platforms, automatically switching the friend status in the built-in chat to Away/Snooze when you're not at pressing any buttons on your PC, improves keyboard and mice support for Vulkan apps when using the Overlay, as well as the Vulkan loader to enable Xlib support. It also looks like the close-to-tray behavior is now unified with other platforms besides Steam OS. Users can now use the "STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=0" setting to force the Steam Client to close to tray on GNU/Linux distributions that don't offer a proper system tray area. Other than that, the new Steam Client Beta update addresses some DRI3-related crashes with open-source graphics drivers by shipping with an updated libxcb library, and adds a bunch of Steam Controller improvements. All these goodies and much more are coming soon to the Steam Client when a new stable build will be released. Again, you can view all the improvements in the changelog attached below, and if you can't wait until the new stable version arrives, you can switch right now to the Beta channel in the General section of the Setting dialog, but please try to keep in mind that this is a pre-release build. Steam Client Beta Changelog: Source
  2. Steam for Linux Usage Is on the Rise and Gets Closer to 1% The new Steam Hardware & Software Survey for October is out Up until six months ago, the Steam for Linux usage was around 1.2%, but it dropped to 0.7 in just one month. Something major changed in the way Valve gathered or presented the collected data, or suddenly almost half of the Linux users just stopped using Steam. Since the latter is not really possible, we must conclude that the former option is the corrected one. It's also important to know that the Steam Hardware & Software Survey is not a precise tool, and it cannot be used as such. The only ones who can rely on the Steam Hardware & Software Survey are the guys from Valve because they are the ones who have all the numbers. In this case, it would have been nice to know how many people were asked and what other criteria were used. There are all sorts of numbers that would be useful, but for now, we have to contend with the 0.98% that is provided. Steam for Linux is on the rise, again The number of Steam for Linux users seems to be on the rise once more. We've seen a small increase each month, and if we add to that the fact that the total number of Steam users has been increasing as well, the figures are actually quite good. Well, they are not quite as good as we want them to be, but we can hope that they will improve after the launch of the Steam Machines on November 10. As it stands right now, the most used operating system for Steam is the 64-bit edition of Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS, followed closely by Ubuntu 15.04 64-bit. It's likely that the recently released Ubuntu 15.10 will be spotted in the second position next month, after people have a chance to upgrade. Source