Valve has just announced yet another stable release for their Steam Linux client, in the wake of the big announcement regarding the impending launch of SteamOS.
Valve usually pushes a few Beta updates before upgrading the stable branch of Steam, and then it is just a collection of all the changes made so far.
The changes that involve the Linux platform consist only of bugfixes. For example, a bug that caused Steam to hang on startup for some users has been corrected and another bug that prevented Big Picture on Linux from becoming active again sometimes after a game exits, has been fixed.
Also, the Steam developers have corrected a problem that prevented the tray menu from not responding when transitioning out of Big Picture mode, and a regression that caused Steam to exit instead of performing a restart after actions that required Steam to restart.
Highlights of the Steam for Linux update:
• The application is no longer showing “[unknown]” user names for players in the current game lobby;
• Downloading Steam cloud files via HTTP is now working properly;
• Setting the display resolution in the Big Picture mode before login properly no longer restarts the Big Picture mode;
• The Big Picture language settings panel has been added;
• A subsequent login problem caused by canceling when creating an account has been fixed.
• A number of changes specific to other supported platforms have been integrated.
Users don't have to reinstall the application in order to get all these changes. A message prompt will be offered and users just have to accept it.
You can also download the Steam installer from Softpedia if you don't have the client.