Do you use Steam on Ubuntu? You may need to upgrade to a new Linux distribution in the future. A Valve developer announced that Steam does not officially support Ubuntu 1
All this because Canonical has announced plans to remove 32-bit packages and libraries from Ubuntu 19.10. With these packages, 32-bit software can run on 64-bit versions of Ubuntu.
While most Linux applications get along well, this is a big blow to Valve's Steam. Many Linux games on Steam are only available in 32-bit form – they work on 64-bit Linux distributions, but only with the 32-bit libraries. As Phoronix recently pointed out, this also affects the Wine Compatibility Layer, which runs Windows software on Linux. Wine can no longer run 32-bit Windows software. The compatibility level of Steam for running Windows games on Linux would not work for 32-bit games either.
Following Canonical's announcement, Valve's Pierre-Loup Griffais has tweeted that Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases of Steam are not officially supported or recommended to our users. "Valve will officially support and recommend another Linux distribution in the future.
Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases are not officially supported by Steam or recommended to our users. We will explore ways to minimize breaks for existing users, but we will also focus on another distribution, currently TBD.
– Pierre-Loup Griffais (@plagman2) June 22, 2019
The good news is that your existing Ubuntu installation – whether it is Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo" or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver "acts – Steam and its Linux games will continue to run in the coming years will probably need to upgrade to another Linux distribution in the future – unless Canonical or Valve change course.