Fuduntu 2013.1 Released With Netflix, Steam And E17 Support, New Default Dock

Fuduntu 2013.1Fuduntu 2013.1 has been released today, bringing Netflix, Steam and E17 stable support, along with Jockey for proprietary video driver installation and other changes and updates.
Fuduntu is a Linux distribution forked from Fedora that uses GNOME 2 by default, which provides rolling updated for non-GNOME2 packages so you get the latest updates for applications such as VLC, Chromium, Firefox and so on while using a stable desktop.

Fuduntu SteamSteam for Linux running in Fuduntu

The latest Fuduntu 2013.1 features support for Netflix (it’s the Netflix Desktop app that uses Wine, about which we’ve talked about a while back), Steam beta (but obviously, this isn’t supported by the Steam developers) and E17 so to install them, simple use yum and install “steam”, “netflix-desktop” or “fuduntu-enlightenment” packages.

Fuduntu Cairo Dock
Another change in Fuduntu 2013.1 is the replacement of the default task switcher / dock: instead of Avant Window Navigator (which is no longer maintained), Fuduntu now uses Cairo Dock, with a beautiful theme that looks pretty much the same as the AWN theme used previously. Cairo Dock is highly configurable and comes with many applets and themes by default.
Those who upgrade to the latest Fuduntu instead of a fresh install, will get Cairo Dock but it will not be enabled by default – to enable it, go to System > Preferences > Bottom Panel Chooser and select Dock.
The new version also features Jockey for installing proprietary video drivers and DuckDuckGo.com is now used as the default search engine in Fuduntu. Also, Jupiter, the once popular power management applet, has been removed from the default installation because, as you probably know, its development stopped.
Other updates included in Fuduntu 2013.1:
Kernel 3.6.9Gimp 2.8.2Thunderbird 17.0Firefox 17.0 (not installed by default)Chromium 23.0.1271.97VLC 2.0.5Xorg 1.12WINE 1.5.18 (not installed by default)QEMU 1.0.1 (not installed by default)

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Fuduntu 2013.1 Released With Netflix, Steam And E17 Support, New Default Dock

Fuduntu 2013.1Fuduntu 2013.1 has been released today, bringing Netflix, Steam and E17 stable support, along with Jockey for proprietary video driver installation and other changes and updates.
Fuduntu is a Linux distribution forked from Fedora that uses GNOME 2 by default, which provides rolling updated for non-GNOME2 packages so you get the latest updates for applications such as VLC, Chromium, Firefox and so on while using a stable desktop.

Fuduntu SteamSteam for Linux running in Fuduntu

The latest Fuduntu 2013.1 features support for Netflix (it’s the Netflix Desktop app that uses Wine, about which we’ve talked about a while back), Steam beta (but obviously, this isn’t supported by the Steam developers) and E17 so to install them, simple use yum and install “steam”, “netflix-desktop” or “fuduntu-enlightenment” packages.

Fuduntu Cairo Dock
Another change in Fuduntu 2013.1 is the replacement of the default task switcher / dock: instead of Avant Window Navigator (which is no longer maintained and doesn’t build with the latest glib), Fuduntu now uses Cairo Dock, with a beautiful theme that looks pretty much the same as the AWN theme used previously. Cairo Dock is highly configurable and comes with many applets and themes by default.
Those who upgrade to the latest Fuduntu instead of a fresh install, will get Cairo Dock but it will not be enabled by default – to enable it, go to System > Preferences > Bottom Panel Chooser and select Dock.
The new version also features Jockey for installing proprietary video drivers and DuckDuckGo.com is now used as the default search engine in Fuduntu. Also, Jupiter, the once popular power management applet, has been removed from the default installation because, as you probably know, its development stopped and most of its features are now available in the Linux Kernel anyway..
Other updates included in Fuduntu 2013.1:
Kernel 3.6.9Gimp 2.8.2Thunderbird 17.0Firefox 17.0 (not installed by default)Chromium 23.0.1271.97VLC 2.0.5Xorg 1.12WINE 1.5.18 (not installed by default)QEMU 1.0.1 (not installed by default)

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Steam For Linux Now Available To All Users

Steam for Linux screenshotValve has just announced that Steam for Linux (beta) is now available to all Steam users, just in time for the Steam Winter sale which starts today:
The Steam for Linux beta client is now available to all Steam users, so if you’ve been patiently waiting for an invitation to join us, consider yourself officially invited!

With a growing catalog of Linux-supported games, an active Steam for Linux community group, and a new GitHub bug reporting repository, the timing’s right to jump in and share your feedback.
If you’ve already downloaded and installed Steam for Linux beta, you should redownload and install the latest deb available on its website, because Steam now has its own Ubuntu repository that’s going to be used for updates. Well, at least in theory, because as soon as I’ve installed the new deb and launched Steam, it started to download an update through the client.
Supported games include Serious Sam 3: BFE, Team Fortress 2, Killing Floor and others. For a list of games supported by Steam for Linux, see THIS page.

Steam for Linux Ubuntu window borders
In other Steam-related news, a recent Steam client update brought Joystick hotplug and multi-monitor support. Oh, and the Steam Skin Manager about which we’ve written a few days ago, has added an option to use native window borders for Steam (screenshot above).

Download Steam for Linux

Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint, etc.: Download Steam for Linux beta (deb). The deb is for 32bit but it works on 64bit because Ubuntu supports multi-arch.

The Steam download page should automatically detect your OS and offer a deb file for download but in case that doesn’t work properly, here’s a direct Steam deb download link.
If you can’t install Steam using Ubuntu Software Center, place the Steam deb file in your home directory, open a terminal and copy/paste the following command:sudo dpkg -i steam_latest.deb
The GPG key for the Steam Ubuntu repository isn’t added when installing the deb package, so you might get an error like the one below when running an update:
W: GPG error: http://repo.steampowered.com precise InRelease: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY F24AEA9FB05498B7
To fix this, run the following commands in a terminal:
sudo apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv-keys F24AEA9FB05498B7
sudo apt-get update
Also see the getting started with Steam instructions @ Ubuntu wiki.

If you get a dependency error when trying to install the Steam deb in Debian, try THIS.

While Steam is officially supported only on Ubuntu, it can be installed in other Linux distributions such as Arch Linux, Fedora, Fuduntu, Gentoo and others:
– Arch Linux: Steam is available in AUR.

– Fuduntu: install Steam using: “beesu yum install steam”.

– Gentoo: instructions for installing Steam, HERE.

– openSUSE, Fedora and Mandriva users can grab Steam rpm (there are also Fedora packages) from HERE.

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Download Steam For Linux Skin Manager (Includes Ambiance And Radiance Skins)

Martin Kozub, who has created the first Ubuntu-like skin for the Steam Linux client, has released a simple Skin Manager for Steam (obviously, for the Linux client) which you can use to install or remove skins.
Steam Skin Manager (for Linux)

Steam Skin Manager comes with two skins by default: Ambiance and Radiance which make Steam look close to the default Ubuntu themes. Using them, you’ll get Steam to use the Ubuntu font, thin scrollbars, Ubuntu (Humanity) back and forward arrows, native-looking window buttons displayed on the left and other tweaks. Also, the font should look better using one of these skins.

Steam for Linux - Ambiance SkinAmbiance skin for Steam

Steam for Linux - Radiance SkinRadiance skin for Steam
To use it, close Steam, then launch Steam Skin Manager from the menu / Dash, and select the skin to install: Ambiance or Radiance or install a different skin (here’s an elementary skin). You can also remove the skin that’s currently in use.
Update: Steam Skin Manager can now get Steam for Linux to use native window borders. To get native window borders (re-download and re-install the deb below if you’ve installed a previous version), launch “Steam wb” from Dash / menu, instead of the regular “Steam” launcher:
Steam Native window borders Ubuntu

Download Steam Skin Manager
(deb – available for Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc.)
Update: Arch Linux users can install Steam Skin Manager via AUR.

For manual skin installation instructions, see: Steam For Linux: Download The First Ubuntu-Like Skin

If you haven’t installed Steam for Linux (beta) yet, download it from here.

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Team Fortress 2 Available On Linux For Non-Beta Steam Accounts

Team Fortress 2, a free to play first-person shooter (FPS) multiplayer game, is now available for everyone using the Linux Steam client, and not just those who have received a beta invitation, so non-beta users shouldn’t see the “server is too busy” error when trying to download the game any more.
Team Fortress 2 Ubuntu
team fortress 2 Ubuntu
It seems this is a mistake from Valve, which fixed a bug that prevented Ubuntu Developer Summit participants from playing Team Fortress 2 and in the process, somehow the game ended up as being available for everyone. This might mean that Team Fortress 2 won’t be available after Valve fixes the glitch, but considering they haven’t fixed the bug that allows non-beta accounts to use Steam for Linux, they might allow this as well.

Team Fortress 2 game Ubuntu Steam

To play Team Fortress 2 in Linux without a Steam for Linux beta account, firstly install Steam for Linux, then launch Steam, search for Team Fortress 2, click the “Play game” button and then wait for the download to complete – it will take a while since 12 GB of data needs to be downloaded.

Tip for those who have TF2 installed on Windows: you can copy the .gcf files from the Windows installation to ~/Steam/SteamApps/ and rename each word to start with a capital letter (e.g.: “Team Fortress 2 Client Content.gcf”) to speed things up – only a few MB of data will need to be downloaded once you do this.
Note: in my test, the Team Fortress 2 download seemed stuck at 99%, but I was able to launch the game anyway and although it took a while to launch it for the first time, it worked just fine. After that, the Steam for Linux client displays the game as being installed successfully.

via linuxgamecast.com, http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410 and reddit

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Team Fortress 2 Available On Linux For Non-Beta Steam Accounts

Team Fortress 2, a free to play first-person shooter (FPS) multiplayer game, is now available for everyone using the Linux Steam client, and not just those who have received a beta invitation, so non-beta users shouldn’t see the “server is too busy” error when trying to download the game any more.
Team Fortress 2 Ubuntu
team fortress 2 Ubuntu
It seems this is a mistake from Valve, which fixed a bug that prevented Ubuntu Developer Summit participants from playing Team Fortress 2 and in the process, somehow the game ended up as being available for everyone. This might mean that Team Fortress 2 won’t be available after Valve fixes the glitch, but considering they haven’t fixed the bug that allows non-beta accounts to use Steam for Linux, they might allow this as well.

Team Fortress 2 game Ubuntu Steam

To play Team Fortress 2 in Linux without a Steam for Linux beta account, firstly install Steam for Linux, then launch Steam, search for Team Fortress 2, click the “Play game” button and then wait for the download to complete – it will take a while since 12 GB of data needs to be downloaded.

Tip for those who have TF2 installed on Windows: you can copy the .gcf files from the Windows installation to ~/Steam/SteamApps/ and rename each word to start with a capital letter (e.g.: “Team Fortress 2 Client Content.gcf”) to speed things up – only a few MB of data will need to be downloaded once you do this.
Note: in my test, the Team Fortress 2 download seemed stuck at 99%, but I was able to launch the game anyway and although it took a while to launch it for the first time, it worked just fine. After that, the Steam for Linux client displays the game as being installed successfully.

Oh, and remember that Steam is currently in beta, so things might break, you might get bad performance or the game might not work at all for you.

via linuxgamecast.com, http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410 and reddit

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Steam For Linux: Download The First Ubuntu-Like Skin

WebUpd8 reader Martin Kozub has created an Ubuntu-like skin for the new Linux Steam client which includes the Ubuntu font, default Ubuntu colors and Ubuntu (Humanity) back and forward icons.
Martin says his skin is incomplete, but, as you can see below, it looks great already:
steam ubuntu skin
Here’s how Steam for Linux looks like by default:

steam linux

How to install the Ubuntu-like skin for Steam
To use this Ubuntu-ish Steam for Linux skin, download it from HERE and extract it into the Steam “skins” folder (you should have a Steam folder in your home directory).
To apply the theme, open the registy.vdf file, which you’ll find in the same Steam installation folder, with a text editor and add the following line under HKCU > Software > Valve > Steam:“SkinV4”

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Steam For Linux: Download The First Ubuntu-Like Skin

WebUpd8 reader Martin Kozub has created an Ubuntu-like skin for the new Linux Steam client which includes the Ubuntu font, default Ubuntu colors and window buttons (Ambiance), thin scrollbars as well as Ubuntu (Humanity) back and forward icons.
Martin says his skin is incomplete, but, as you can see below, it looks great already:
steam ubuntu

Here’s how Steam for Linux looks like by default:

steam linux

How to install the Ubuntu-like skin for Steam
steam ubuntu
To use this Ubuntu-ish Steam for Linux skin, download it from HERE and extract it into the Steam “skins” folder (you should have a Steam folder in your home directory).
To apply the theme, open the registy.vdf file, which you’ll find in the same Steam installation folder, with a text editor and add the following line under HKCU > Software > Valve > Steam:“SkinV4”

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How To Use Steam For Linux Right Now, Without A Beta Account

steam for linux betaSteam for Linux beta has been released today and for now is only available to 1000 lucky users who have applied using the Steam beta survey. But there’s a way to run Steam for Linux even if you didn’t receive an invitation. Read on!
I can’t run Steam for Linux on my Ubuntu 12.10 system because all I get is a blank window, no matter what DE I use. But it might work for you.
Download Steam for Linux: Ubuntu users can download the Steam deb file from HERE (should work on Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10). There’s also an Arch Linux AUR package.

Once you install it, launch Steam and wait for the client update to complete.

So, how to use Steam even though you don’t have a Steam beta account? Some users have reported that you can use Steam for Linux without a beta account, by simply launching Steam from a quicklist. So all you have to do is drag the Steam icon from the desktop / Dash to the Unity launcher, then right click the icon and select any of the available options:
steam for linux beta

If you’re not using Unity, you can also do this from the command line, using:team steam://store
Remember, Steam for Linux is currently in beta, and the testing has just started, so you may find bugs or it may not work at all for you (like it’s the case for me). Use it carefully and let’s hope a stable version will be released soon.
first screenshot via chimerarevo.com, thanks to Martin Kozub for the Steam for Linux beta bypass tip

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