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Ubuntu 19.10 and gaming community
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PostPosted: Sat 22 Jun 2019, 22:27    Post subject:  Ubuntu 19.10 and gaming community
Subject description: the dropping of 32-bit architecture by Ubuntu affecting Linux gamers


A steam dev (Pierre-Loup Griffais) tweeted that Steam will officially no longer support Ubuntu 19.10 and its future releases.

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.

With Ubuntu’s decision for dropping 32-bit support – this might affect Linux gaming (in general). Or, encourage users to stop using Ubuntu 19.10.

Alan Pope – a community manager at Canonical (and a Snap Advocate) tested a few games on Ubuntu 19.10 from GOG to see what really happens.

You can take a look at the results yourself – but to sum up:

Either the games failed to installed or launches to end up in a black screen.

Further reading :
Steam will no longer support Ubuntu, say Valve

Ubuntu Reverses Decision, Says It Will Continue To Support 32-bit Apps
Canonical has issued a statement on Ubuntu’s 32-bit future — and gamers, among others, are sure to relieved!

The company says Ubuntu WILL now continue to build and maintain a 32-bit archive going forward — albeit, not a full one.

This isn’t a total reprieve for 32-bit fans. Ubuntu has no plans to re-add 32-bit install ISOs or provide 32-bit library support in perpetuity.

Instead, it hopes to work with WINE, Ubuntu Studio and gaming community to explore the use of container technology to ‘address the ultimate end of life of 32-bit libraries.’ The aim: to create a safer, secure way to run old applications on newer versions of Ubuntu.
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