Valve removes SteamOS icons from some Linux games

In today's open source roundup: Valve removes the SteamOS icon from some Linux games. Plus: How to make the Steam Controller work in Linux. And is the Alienware Steam Machine worth buying?

Valve removes SteamOS icons from some Linux games

Valve is getting ready to launch its Steam Machine consoles, and has removed the SteamOS icon from some Linux games that don't run properly.

Erick Johnson reports for MCV:

Valve has removed its SteamOS icon from a batch of Linux-compatible games on Steam, which has reportedly resulted in Linux players no longer having the option to download said titles...Valve is removing the linux-based SteamOS icon from Linux releases that don't work perfectly with its new OS...

The move has resulted in Linux players – both those that use and don't use SteamOS – no longer having the option to purchase and play certain titles, since SteamOS has completely replaced the standard Linux Tux logo on Valve's service as of earlier this year.

More at MCV

How to make the Steam Controller work in Linux

Speaking of Steam, Softpedia has some helpful instructions on how to get the Steam Controller working in Linux.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

As one might have expected, because there's always has to be an issue with new devices on Linux OSes, those who received the Steam Controller and were using a Linux kernel-based computer operating system, such as Arch Linux or Ubuntu, have reported issues with the device, as it couldn't be used correctly after plug-in.

The problem appears to be with the Steam for Linux client, which does not properly detect the Steam Controller due to udev rules. Therefore, packagers of the Steam for Linux client need to update it in their GNU/Linux distributions with the instructions provided below.

The following instructions, posted in the Arch Linux bug tracker, apply to the Arch Linux and Ubuntu distributions, but they should work on any other GNU/Linux operating system.

More at Softpedia

Is the Alienware Steam Machine worth buying?

Many people have been wondering about how well Steam Machines really work, and if they should buy one. Engadget has a helpful examination of the Alienware Steam Machine, and comes away mostly impressed by it.

Sean Buckley reports for Engadget:

I used to laugh when I saw Linux users scramble to build compatibility layers to play "real" PC games. I chuckled when Valve CEO Gabe Newell lambasted Windows 8 as a "catastrophe for everyone," proffering Linux and SteamOS as a viable alternative. It seemed so far-fetched, so silly. Truth be told, I'm still laughing -- but now it's because I'm enjoying myself. The Alienware Steam Machine has some growing pains, but it's fun. Lots of fun.

The first commercial Steam Machine isn't quite an idiot-proof console just yet, but it's close. In fact, it's close enough I'm thinking about recommending it to friends hesitant to step into the world of PC gaming. It's fun and easy to use. The issues it has are minor and simple to troubleshoot. It still needs some major patches and more games support, but Valve seems dedicated to providing that support. I'm looking forward to seeing how the company updates SteamOS before its official November 10th launch. Be sure to check back between now and then, as we plan to update our story as new features roll out.

More at Engadget

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