Linked by boldingd on Tue 29th Jan 2013 23:12 UTC
Games It seems to have so far escaped OSNews' notice (if the top few hits for a site-search for 'Steam' is any indication) that Steam for Linux is now in Open Beta; you can get the Linux steam client from steampowered.com. So far, they appear to only be making an Ubuntu .deb available, and the client will require closed-source GPU drivers in order to work.
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RE[6]: Comment by Wafflez
by WereCatf on Fri 1st Feb 2013 08:31 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Wafflez"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Well, either way, upon launch you are required to "update" steam. That, I kid you not, is a 200+ MB download.
WTF?


Well, Steam does download a similarly-sized "update" when you first launch it on Windows, too, so I don't see the problem. I don't know why it's been done like that, though.

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RE[7]: Comment by Wafflez
by Soulbender on Fri 1st Feb 2013 08:37 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Wafflez"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I have a problem with it being 200Mb. Seriosusly, why is it so big even without any installed games? It's absurd.
On the other hand, in a world where driver installers come in at almost 100MB (Hi NVIDIA) I guess I shouldn't expect better.

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RE[8]: Comment by Wafflez
by WereCatf on Fri 1st Feb 2013 09:33 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Wafflez"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I have a problem with it being 200Mb. Seriosusly, why is it so big even without any installed games? It's absurd.


I don't really know, I haven't taken a look at it, but I am guessing it's mostly all compiled as static binaries and therefore includes more-or-less all the possible libraries it could need. That also includes a whole web-browser. It would be an entirely different thing if it was compiled as a dynamically-loadable binary and used system-provided browser engine.

Does this help justify its size for you?

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