Ubuntu is one of the slowest distros around. Fact. Linux itself is generally snappier than Windows.I hate steam because i usually run Ubuntu so imagine all the load time of Linux+All the load time of steam
Yea It's like that
Steam screws your mother, kills your dad, pulls your sisters hair, and punts the dog.
Damn, sense Steam is gonna do all that, there go my plans for the evening.....Steam punts your mother, screws your dog, kills your sister's hair, and pulls your dad.
Everone that lives away from civilization with no high-speed access, like me.Who is everyone?
Quoted from a similar thread I responed to recently. The concept of Steam is great and I would truly love it if it just wasn't so far ahead of it's time. Technology needs to catch up so everyone can have access to hi-speed. Guarantee you there would be far less complaints about Steam if this was accomplished....and people whose local phone company sucks because they won't support DSL or cable, thus being limited to slow dial-up speeds. This is the only reason why I don't like Steam, otherwise I would probably be addicted to it's easy access to games like a crack/cocaine junkie. :|
You should be able to play with that card. as far as driver support goes I dont know. but i had a ubuntu system running a 1.6Ghz processor 512mb of ram, and an nvidia fx4000. Granted it was fairly slow, it was running running steam and css through wine. I was oddly getting a fairly playable 12-18 fps, broken windows would render as wire frame, but other then that it ran. so i should think it would work.I mainly use Windows for Steam, but on occasion I'll try it out on my Gentoo Linux machine under Wine. It works pretty well for HL1 games, but I haven't tried HL2 games on it yet, cause the hardware's kinda meager (FX5200, 512MB ram, etc).
Oh, so you think because you're getting slow speeds, that MUST mean their servers are crap.I dislike Steam purely because its unnecessary for standalone shop-bought games yet forces you to use it anyway. I can buy a copy of most non-Steam games and install them in a matter of minutes. Many have a one-off online verification (such as Bioshock), but Steam requires a constant internet connection while it downloads hundreds of megabytes of updates for your game whether you want them or not.
As an example, I recently bought the Orange box and had to spend hours watching the installation bar creep up because Steam is downloading every update under the sun -- for an OFFLINE game! I shouldn't need to tell you how bothersome it is when you just want to install it and start playing. Granted online games need to be updated in order to keep things uniform amongst players, but Steam tars every game with the same brush. And yes I know there's an offline mode, but it doesn't seem to work for initial installations.
So, while I wait for my updates to crawl along at a ridiculously slow pace (Seriously, are they using pocket calculators for a server!?) I have to be content with enjoying my other Steamless games in the interim while a certain application hogs my system resources.
Its fun to play Devil's Advocate!
I think playstation network is coming into its own lately with downloadable games worth buying plus the online isnt laggy or anything so i dont know why youd call it terrible.Steam = Better
Live = Good but worse and sometimes annoying
PSN = Terrible
I don't hate steam, its the best distriputer of games out there.