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Steam will no longer support all new versions of Ubuntu

If you use Steam on the Ubuntu operating system, then perhaps in the near future you will have to think about a new Linux distribution. The developer from Valve said that the most popular platform for digital distribution of games would refuse official support for Ubuntu 19.10 and all future releases.

The root of the problem goes to Canonical’s decision to abandon 32-bit packages and libraries starting with Ubuntu 19.10. Thus, this solution will cause significant damage to the Steam library, because many games are available only in 32-bit versions. In addition, the abandonment of the 32-bit architecture will affect Wine, the technology that Steam users on its Proton system to run Windows versions of games on Linux.

Following Canonical’s statement, Valve developer Pierre-Loop Griffies wrote on Twitter that Ubuntu 19.10 and future versions would not be officially supported by Steam and would be recommended to users. Valve will start working with another Linux distribution in the near future.

The good news is for Ubuntu users, the current version 19.04 “Disco Dingo” or 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver” will be able to continue to work with the Steam platform and run games. The bad news is that Linux gamers who like Ubuntu will have to switch to another distribution in the future. Unless Canonical and Valve find a mutually beneficial solution.

Sam Richards

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