Steam will end official support for Ubuntu!
The developer and distributor of digital games Valve will shut down its Steam support for the Ubuntu operating system 19.10 and subsequent updates.
The decision was confirmed by Pierre-Loup Griffais, developer of the company, through the social network Twitter. 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
The reason for the decision made by Valve is the change of Ubuntu that will only run 64-bit x64 components, thus abandoning the 32-bit X86 programs. According to Phoronix, this change has brought insecurity to the developers of Wine, the software package that enables users to run applications designed for Windows on Linux (widely used by gamer users).
However, not everything that runs in 32-bit will stop working. In another report written by Phoronix, Steve “Vorlon” Lnagasek, developer and official of Canonical (producer of Ubuntu), posted on Ubuntu Discourse saying that the company does not intend to abandon 32-bit software completely.
“I’m sorry for giving anyone the impression that we’re” skipping support for i386 applications.
“This is not the case, but what we’re doing is leaving out the updates for the i386 libraries, which will be frozen but there is every intention of ensuring there is a clear story about how i386 applications (including games) can run on Ubuntu versions later than 19.10.
According to the site Statistic, Steam users using Linux OS (Ubuntu) is equivalent to 0.26% of the total players. Valve, in the year 2018, said it has approximately 90 million active monthly players on its Steam platform. That is, there are nearly 250 thousand people who play using Linux OS.
Anyway, Valve did not want to stop supporting these gamers, and there will be some problems for Ubuntu users.