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 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[8]: Comment by Wafflez
by WereCatf on Fri 1st Feb 2013 09:33 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Wafflez"
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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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RE[9]: Comment by Wafflez
by Soulbender on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 05:10 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by Wafflez"
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Does this help justify its size for you?

Nah, not really. I just checked the installed size and it's a whopping 900MB (for those interested, it's in ~/.local/share/Steam).
Even with static binaries and a browser that's just silly.

Edit: I guess it could be including debug symbols, since it's a beta and all, but still...900Mb.

Edited 2013-02-02 05:11 UTC

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