Steam for Linux Client Receives Major Update and Family Options

Valve has released yet another update for the stable branch of Steam

By on January 9th, 2014 15:04 GMT

Valve has released yet another stable version of its Steam client, featuring a long list of new features and the much coveted Steam Family Options.

The company usually pushes a few Beta updates before upgrading the stable branch of Steam, and now it's time for another build to be available for download.

Valve actually implemented the Steam Family Options in a Beta release just a short while ago, and now it's the turn of the Stable version to get this new feature.

“We understand every family has its own approach to establishing rules and setting limits when it comes to media, entertainment, and games. We hope most families talk through these issues together and find ways to agree on what’s realistic and fair.”

“It sometimes seems there are as many family policies as there are families. With Family Options, we’re introducing a new way for parents and families to establish their own rules together using Steam,” says valve about Steam Family Options.

Highlights of the latest Steam update:

• A global setting has been added to allow downloads during gameplay and to change the per-app settings to be global/allow/deny;
• The UI for Family Sharing has been implemented to better specify which accounts may play games on authorized computers;
• A disk-activity indicator has been added to the downloads page, and it will light up if the updates are slowed because Steam is waiting for the local disk to write data;
• A crash that could occur when quitting the Steam Client has been fixed;
• Control of per-game update has been added in settings under “Links and More” in the Library;
• The download progress indicator now correctly start at 0%, not 100%, in Big Picture Mode.

Check out the official announcement for more details about this release. You can also download the Steam installer from Softpedia if you don't have the client.
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