Linux Gaming Exclusively

We're a group of users that state it's not only possible to play on Linux, but actually it's a viable decision to make, and we're ready to prove that by playing on Linux exclusively, with no VMs or dual-booting. Feel free to join our chat on Steam or Discord.

What is the purpose of this group?

Using Linux, like using Windows or OS X, is a choice. We want to create a place where dedicated Linux gamers can collaborate and play together, while helping game developers and Valve improve their products and services by offering feedback. Using any particular operating system does not make you better or worse than anyone else, but in this group, we can all challenge each other to demonstrate that we can solely use Linux for PC gaming. As further encouragement, we have group-exclusive giveaways created by dedicated Linux gamers for other dedicated Linux gamers.

How do I join?

We only have two requirements - that you did not launch a game on any OS other than Linux during the last 2 weeks, and at the same time you've launched at least one game on Linux during that period. Linux gaming has improved drastically over time, so any non-Linux gaming from more than two weeks ago is fine so long as you promise to play on Linux exclusively from now on. If you meet those requirements, feel free to apply for membership on the Steam group page - your membership request will be automatically accepted or declined in up to 2 minutes.
Also, make sure that you have "game details" set to Public in your privacy settings - this will allow our bot to verify that you meet the requirements.

What other requirements I have to meet?

Once you're accepted into the group, the only requirement is that you play games exclusively on Linux. You can play as much or as little as you want to, but if you launch a Steam game or application on Windows or OS X, you will no longer meet the group's requirements and our bot will kick you once it detects it.

Is Proton/Wine allowed?

Yes, and we encourage you to use it for games that offer poor quality of Linux builds, or lack them entirely. We elaborate on this topic further in our FAQ.

Where I can find more info?

If you'd like to learn more, you can visit our FAQ and the rest of our public forum. Feel free to ask questions as well, even if you've never used Linux before!


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5 months ago*

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Thanks for accepting my group invite request. I migrated my Windows system about 10 months ago to Linux Mint and I love it.

Had some problems first with heavy screen tearing and almost gave up on migrating, but currently with Openbox + Compton as window manager and Mate as desktop manager, it works great.

But I hope Valve get EAC working on Proton, some multiplayer titles still won't work.

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Easy Anti-Cheat has been a bit of a headache for Linux, since it was going to get native support, then Epic bought it and it wasn't going to get native support, then Epic changed their mind and now it has native support.

EAC also supports Proton, but it has to be enabled on a per-dev setting - so if there's a game you want to play and it doesn't work in Proton due to EAC, email the devs and ask for them to enable it! :D

5 months ago
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I'll definitly do! With Steam Deck coming out soon, it's in their best interest to support Linux imo.

Happy Cake Day btw! :)

4 months ago
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Thank you! I didn't even notice :D

4 months ago
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Is it possible (or would it even be with the Steam API) to add exceptions for apps for like 3D Mark. They do not support family sharing so it needs to be run on an account owning it.
I've always run that on any new build I've made for others or any laptop I've bought before getting rid of the bundled OS.

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It sounds like a valid use case, I'll consider it.

It'll be a whitelist with only very carefully selected titles that we don't classify as gaming and yet you can't launch through family sharing.

I'll let you know once I have a working implementation or any other update on that. Should be done within a few days max. However, I have to gather some feedback around it first.

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4 months ago
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So, I guess the purpose of this is to promote Linux support to developers, that's cool.

5 months ago
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It appears you must share playtime with ArchiBot.

SG:

if you wish to enter giveaways, the site will ask you to switch to a public Steam profile once a week to bring your account up-to-date.

I always keep my games and wishlist public, but it's impossible to share playtime with only friends while keeping game details public.

I'm uncomfortable with sharing playtime with everyone, so please consider changing this in the future. Is there a way to allow ArchiBot to use Steam API access to my game details instead?

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4 months ago*
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ArchiBot already uses Steam API. SG requires to know your game ownership for giveaways eligibility, ArchiBot requires precisely your playtime to determine that you meet the rules. There is no going around that, but we allow people with private profiles (including private playtime details) to verify manually each 2 weeks, similar to SteamGifts. You can read our FAQ about that.

Sadly if you're unwilling to make your playtime details public and also unwilling to verify manually, then you're not eligible to join the group as we're unable to verify that you meet the requirements (and will continue doing so in the future).

4 months ago*
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I'm not sure if you actually need playtime_2weeks if you're matching GetRecentlyPlayedGames appid already, as it already only pulls 2 weeks of recently played stuff.

https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Steam_Web_API#GetRecentlyPlayedGames_.28v0001.29

I was talking about if you could use an API key somehow (OAuth probably), giving it personal access to the info instead of having these details public. Sign-in to ArchiBot through Steam?

https://partner.steamgames.com/doc/webapi_overview/oauth

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I'm not sure if you actually need playtime_2weeks if you're matching GetRecentlyPlayedGames appid already, as it already only pulls 2 weeks of recently played stuff.

Yes I do, those are two standalone checks where second one (recently played games you linked) is only verified during group join, members do not need to pass it. The first one is far more objective, but needs to be parsed on usual basis, which is what ArchiBot is doing.

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As a side note, if you by any chance have profile/game details set to "friends only" instead of "private", then it's possible to add ArchiBot to your friendlist and it'll be able to verify you automatically without a need of executing the command. This however doesn't apply if you're keeping your profile/game details completely private - you'll need to manually verify in this case.

This isn't right, I'm getting the following using permissive settings:

Linux Gaming Exclusively verification:
Member? No
Overall Linux playtime? Passed
Recent Linux playtime? Unknown
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Eligible to join the group? No

EDIT: maybe steam's just down or slow right now. https://steamstat.us/

EDIT2: it was just steam being down.

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This applies to membership already, which doesn't require second check to pass. And first one passes, as expected, with friends only option.

You only need to pass second check once during joining. See https://www.steamgifts.com/go/comment/jUERg2D

4 months ago
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And yeah, Steam had its issues as well just now. Regardless of that, friends only option works for passing the first check, but you need to ensure to have checkbox unchecked, as checking the checkbox means ArchiBot will be unable to get playtimes it needs.

I'm not sure whether it'll work for the second check, but even if it doesn't, you can change it to public temporarily to pass it, after which only first one is relevant to you, and that one I've verified myself that can be passed with friends only + checkbox disabled.

4 months ago*
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I try to play on Linux whenever I can. Unfortunately my graphics card doesn't support Vulkan, so I can't ditch Windows for now. Would have done it years ago otherwise :)

Good luck with your group :)

4 months ago
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does using Geforce NOW on linux break my membership? I've just paid attention to it :c
Edit. Just checked the previous replies, It's unfortunate but rules are rules, for the moment I'm leaving the group in order to keep it fair, thanks for having me :)

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Joined the group to support Linux :). Nice to have a few targeted groups as sometimes I like keys/giveaways to count towards a specific platform. I believe many developers don't have a good understanding where sales actually are originating from. Mst stores are unable to keep track of platform of purchase, and even if they tried they would are unable to do it accurately (because browser spoofing/obfuscation).

4 months ago
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Welcome to the group! I agree regarding developer metrics - especially so when it comes to Linux, since users tend to be more privacy conscious and therefore have a higher percentage of users using browser header spoofing and the like.

4 months ago
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Well this is an interesting thread I have stumbled upon. Do you guys have any tutorial or links to where I can learn more about Gaming on Linux? I haven't used Linux since my University days and that was almost a decade back. I wouldn't mind fiddling around with Linux again. It would be cool.

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At least with Steam, it tends to be just "click to launch" and if it's a native Linux game, it will run natively, but if it's a Windows-only game, then it will use Proton (a modified version of WINE, from Valve) to run it. As far as resources go, ProtonDB is a good one for user-submitted reports of games running through Proton, but I don't have any recommendations for a tutorial or anything among those lines. Maybe someone else knows of one?

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Addition to Nobbu, maybe this one would be helpful. Think of it an overview since it's a short video.

Edit: I know the video is kinda old now and the things got a lot better in the last year but still could give you an idea.

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You don't need much, pick a distro you like, install as your OS, and you can play your Steam games right away.

Feel free to join our chat if you have some further questions or need extra encouragement :3.

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4 months ago
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I love this initiative! I'd wish seeing more developers making their games Linux runnable if not native. I hope you get noticed.

As for me, I'd like to join, but apart from a two weeks quarantine (I idle for cards in Windows), I'm playing Epic/non-Steam games on Win. I understand that to go with the spirit of the group, I would have to run them through Wine or ditch them to remain in the group.

4 months ago
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I only have Ubuntu at home.

4 months ago
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Hello! You should check out my profile. Been on Linux for years and just been getting into Steam gaming for quite some time. I'd say about 90% of my personal taste in games have been working great.

3 months ago
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I see that you've sent group membership request but you don't have your game details public as per the information on our group page - you need to make those public so our bot can verify you. You can read more on our group page.

3 months ago
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Every time I launch a new game on Linux, I'm a little bit happier than I was before :D

5 days ago
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