The place of the Ubuntu Software Center regarding Steam, Desura and others

Nicolas Michel be.nicolas.michel at
Thu Aug 23 05:16:20 UTC 2012

I agree with Dylan. Valve is not likely to package their games because
their purpose if I understand well is to make Steam a multi-plateform
distribution software. I think that Ubuntu Software Center could only
integrate their list of software to ease and centralize the search. But it
would probably need cooperation from Valve and Desura.

2012/8/22 Dylan McCall <dylanmccall at>

> On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM, David Klasinc <bigwhale at>
> wrote:
> > Implementation wise, I think the best way would be if PPA system can be
> > extended to offer necessary support for selling software. This way Steam,
> > Desura and alike could offer a simple PPA. PlayOnLinux could probably do
> > this already.
> >
> > Regards,
> > David
> I'm happy to be proven wrong, but I think there is about a 0.1% chance
> of Steam using a Debian package repository to install Linux software.
> Their system is known for quickly and immediately updating games, as
> soon as updates appear. This is very important to keep them in sync
> with other players. Apt and dpkg don't offer that for free, and I
> can't think of a practical reason beyond that for Valve to bother with
> packaging everything when it can just be shipped in a standard format:
> 'here are the game files: put them $somewhere'.
> The best we can do is anticipate that and think about software
> installation in a world where some common applications manage the job
> outside of Debian's tutelage. People use and like Desura (and likely
> will Steam) and SC won't be replacing them, but maybe, with some very
> simple common interfaces, it can augment them in a way that makes
> sense.
> Dylan
> --
> Ubuntu-devel-discuss mailing list
> Ubuntu-devel-discuss at
> Modify settings or unsubscribe at:

Nicolas MICHEL
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <>

More information about the Ubuntu-devel-discuss mailing list