I’m running Ubuntu Linux and today I found that Steam did not work anymore (nor did some other Windows applications). Steam could not find my games and the store was not working. I remember installing some security updates. It turns out that Wine crashes on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with the latest kernel update (184.108.40.206). There are several workarounds:
- Run “wineserver -p” in the terminal before starting Windows applications (like “steam”).
- Revert the kernel update with “sudo apt-get remove linux-image-3.13.0-59-generic” and “sudo update-grub”.
- Upgrade the kernel with “sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-lts-vivid”.
Bug reports on the web
There are multiple places where people are discussing this bug:
I hope this helps you all… Happy gaming on Linux!
Update: A new kernel has been released, which fixes the problem: linux-image-3.13.0-61-generic (automatically installed)
Is gaming this what Linux needs to win the hearts of kids now and thus of the IT managers of the future? I sure hope so.
Many people say that the Linux desktop is not getting popular because Linux can’t play popular game titles. If there is one company that is doing everything to change that, it is “Valve Software”. With their Steam platform they explicitly target Ubuntu Linux. They even released an Ubuntu based Linux distribution called “SteamOS”. They are also working with hardware vendors on SteamBox concept: a game PC with SteamOS pre-installed. With this box they hope to win the most important screen of the house: the TV.
Steam has lots of great commercial (non-free) games for Ubuntu Linux. These games all work flawless and perform just as good as the Windows versions. I will alphabetically list 10 popular titles from their library of over 700 games:
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (FPS)
Counter-Strike: Source (FPS)
Dota 2 (RPG)
Europa Universalis IV (Strategy)
Football Manager 2014 (Strategy)
Portal 2 (FPS)
Sid Meier’s Civilization® V (Strategy)
Team Fortress 2 (FPS)
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (Adventure)
Tropico 5 (Strategy)
Play anytime and anywhere
On the Steam platform you can buy games and all bought games can be downloaded anytime and anywhere. The games are also automatically updated over the Internet. There are people that criticize this system, because the games are bound to an account and you cannot trade the games you have bought on Steam. I think this complaint is understandable, but I feel that the cloud based game storage is extremely convenient and works like a charm so I can live with that flaw.