I think if there's one thing everyone in this thread can agree on, it's that there was a clear incompatibility between those two bits of software. Whose fault it was - this appears to be the crux of our arguing. But regardless of fault, at the time of Linus' adventures there did exist a Linux distro option that would have allowed him to do exactly what he intended to do - full GUI, zero console install of Steam with no issues, and one that is listed by Valve themselves as supported. So I repeat, intent matters when choice is on the line. I mean, this is no different than what we beat into our customers right? The brand on the tin matters little - what matters more is what you want to do, how you want to do it, and how much money/time you have to throw at it now and into the future (long term maintenance and all that). With that clinical, objective mindset in place, when choosing between Distro X that's unknown, and Distro Y that's known, certified, documented and supported, what would a better option have been to avoid this entire problem? Pop!_OS lying about their capabilities is definitely an issue, but again let's look at the world we're familiar with - don't all vendors lie about their capabilities? And how do we see past those lies? We go back to our first principles of how to compare any number of options of any product we care about. Specific to this - taking the distro vendor's word for it alone is not enough, without then cross-referencing it with the application. And yeah, this is all hobby/home shit about video games. But again, this is new territory for the user in question, so just winging it without a bit of research is about as clever as buying a TV without reading reviews. But the good news is, if a TV doesn't live up to your expectations, you can get a replacement or money back. Likewise, his distro of choice didn't live up to expectations, there are both replacements and full refunds on offer. "Ubunut" is my secret Linux porn site. You don't have access without paid subscription, even if I give away the source for free.