I use Arch btw
I use steam on Linux - Arch Linux. Gave up on Ubuntu years ago... Your poll is missing an option.
I used to use Ubuntu when I first switched to Linux, it was good until I wanted to do more than the basics. I now use fedora on all my PCs except one that still runs Windows. It runs great and is amazingly simple to install anything, even software not made for fedora.
Seems like a real dumb move for Ubuntu more than just steam uses 32 bit
Debian family is heavier and slower than elephants in all directions, I dumped Ubuntu for Arch Linux 3 years now.
I understand Canonical is pushing into the Enterprise Cloud.
I wish them much luck. Very worthy and I know they will do well.
That being said, I hope this poll changes the decision. Its also a great desktop.
Don't abandoned your loyal userbase as you prosper. That will be a mistake.
Canonical's list of mistakes:
1) Adding Amazon link to the dock
2) Switching to GNOME and killing Unity
3) Removing desktop icons
4) Caring more about servers and IoT stuff than the desktop itself.
5) Becoming closer to Microsoft
6) Adding telemetry stuff
7) Forcing people to use snap and installing snaps as default
8) Making specific packages to become older as an excuse of "package freezing" in the repo to force people opt in for snaps.
9) Giving up on Ubuntu Touch
10) Giving up on the convergence
11) And now, removing 32-bit support...
Is it too hard to keep the 32 bit libs on a 64-bit system? Windows do it even for 16 bit. They still supports 32-bit even though you are using a 64 bit version. I bet this will make more people switch back to Windows, or move up to another distribution.
Ubuntu... You're digging your own grave.
This is a really BIG reason for people moving away from Ubuntu.
If nothing changes...
Well, good look Ubuntu... You will decease and lose the current "standard" status.
What are the alternatives? Solus, Manjaro, Debian Unstable and openSUSE.
I can assume they care more about the user than Ubuntu.
I do not care so much for 32-bit based distributions, but I care about 32-bit libs. A lot of games, programs still depends on 32-bit to work. Wine, Steam and Proton have been affect by this.
I will switch to Arch Linux if necessary. It will be good for me. Ubuntu was making me become newbie and lazy about learning more complex stuff. I do not care how hard will be, I want to switch. I can't stand Ubuntu anymore. Their decisions are making me puke, are making me feel uncomfortable. Linux is not just Ubuntu crap. Linux is bigger than Ubuntu. Ubuntu was always that overrated sh*t like Windows. Time to change. Time to move way from this. New doors are opening for us to wake up.
Thanks God I've already switched to another distro that respect me as I am, do not force snap on me as a magic alternative and cares for the desktop users.
I'm currently using Linux Mint, an Ubuntu based distro, and if Linux Mint doesn't independently continue to support 32bit /Steam, then yes, 100% I'm switching. Gaming compatibly is a huge part of why I'm on an Ubuntu based distro to begin with. I'm not sure what distro I'll switch to but, I know Steam OS runs on Debian so, I'm thinking the Debian version of Linux Mint but I'll wait to see what distro Steam suggests first before I commit. Hopefully Conical rethinks this one and backtracks
I would definitely switch. I've used Linux as my primary desktop OS for over 20 years. Gaming has ALWAYS been important to me. If Ubuntu stops providing 32 bit libraries and Valve stops supporting Ubuntu, I will definitely stop using Ubuntu based distributions. With the recent advancements in gaming on Linux with Valve's Proton and DXVK, this is perhaps the dumbest decision made by a distribution team since Linux Mint decided to drop KDE (and GNOME 3) support. What the hell is Canonical thinking?
Yes. I also switch if Ubuntu natively no longer supports eepc netbooks which were atoms with 32 bit CPUs.
I chose Ubuntu specifically because it's easy to get things like Steam to run on it. It's the Linux distro for the masses, so not having Steam would make me switch once my 18.04 LTS is no longer relevant.
I'd still use Ubuntu as I don't use it on my primary pc that I game on rather I run Ubuntu for servers
I use Ubuntu and really like it and have no desire to switch to another distro. I already can't play some games on linux because of it being linux (Proton does not always work). If I can't play any games while at the same time I'm limited (just like it's limited in the other distros) I might as well just use a copy of windows and use that for my games while I use Ubuntu for everything else I do on my computer.
I began using Linux about a decade ago and I've witnessed gaming on Linux improve over the years thanx to Steam. From a gamers point of view, if Steam goes, I follow. Who knows? Maybe this will make Steam go back to drawing board and improve their SteamOS which hasn't seen an update in ages.
This effects so much more than just steam. It's losing support of software 30years+. Millions of Linux software and will cause devs to drop support in protest.
Linux gaming is just growing and I hope to see more of it on Ubuntu. So why screw this up?
Better poll is to switch for 32-bit support. Steam's announcement is the symptom. Many other things are affected: office productivity, games, music production, cross-compiling
I was going to move one of my laptops to Ubuntu.... I have used Ubuntu desktop quite a bit in the past. I will certainly find a different distro that I can run steam on.
I'd just make a Docker container with a reasonable distro and Steam client.
I really think this might have been a gamble too see if canonical could make other companies like valve change from 32bit to 64bit, obviously they couldn't and now might lose a portion of their userbase. Nevertheless, they might make other distros follow thus probably forcing valve to come up with some solution. Hopefully that solution won't be a half-assed hack, but rather something that can help everyone move to 64bit.
Looks like time to go back to Windows
Doesn't matter to me. But if I was going to switch over it I might try ClearOS
Switched already. As soon as that was announced.
I am relatively new to the Linux OS and I don't have any commitment to any particular OS but full steam compatibility is incredibly important to me as a user switching from Windows. I don't want the hundreds of dollars I've spent on steam to go to waist.
This was a really short sighted decision and regardless of the outcome drops the confidence I have in Canonical to deliver and develop a product that accurately reflects the needs and wants of it's users.
The issue is 32 bit support and ubuntu, as i understand it, and there are many way’s around that.