Just few days earlier, Canonical revealed that it will be dropping support for 32-bits apps going forward. While we will have to wait to find out how the decision affects everyone, Valve has revealed that “Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases will not be officially supported by Steam or recommended to our users”.
However, shortly after the announcement, the company clarified that it will provide limited support for 32-bit games going forward. The decision isn’t surprising as a number of Linux games are available only as 32-bit titles at the moment and Ubuntu’s support for 32-bit libraries is the sole reason such games exist.
In order to clarify the matter, Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais sent out the following tweet:
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.
— Pierre-Loup Griffais (@Plagman2) June 22, 2019
Apart from Valve, Canonical also revealed in its blog post that it will provide limited 32-bit support for gaming community. The company said, “We will also work with the WINE, Ubuntu Studio and gaming communities to use container technology to address the ultimate end of life of 32-bit libraries; it should stay possible to run old applications on newer versions of Ubuntu.
“Snaps and LXD enable us both to have complete 32-bit environments, and bundled libraries, to solve these issues in the long term.”
While there will be support for now, it’s more than likely that Valve will be moving away from Ubuntu in the coming days to cater its customers.
Source: PC Gamer