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    Slow Steam Game Download in Ubuntu 18.04

    I recently tried a few distros for comparison (Ubuntu, Solus, Deepin). I installed Steam and through Steam, attempted to download and install Bioshock Infinite. I have a 1 GB wired internet. On Solus and Deepin, Bioshock downloaded and installed in minutes (played very well too). On Ubuntu, however, download speeds were as slow as 1 KB/s with a peak of 500 KB/s with the game giving an estimated completion timeframe of more than 24 hours. Why would Ubuntu be so slow compared to the others?


    On a side note, Bioshock is not syncing with Steam Cloud enabled from my previous progress completed on Windows 10. Does it not work cross-platform?


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    Re: Slow Steam Game Download in Ubuntu 18.04

    Yesterday, I tried Steam on Zorin OS 15 and it had the same slow download issue. So that leaves the score with fast downloads on Windows 10, Deepin, and Solus, with slow downloads on Ubuntu and Zorin. Since I have openSuse Leap 15.1, Manjaro KDE Plasma 18.1.2, and Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2 also installed on hard drives, I'll try each of those out as well to see how they fair.

    Again, if anyone has any help here, I was hoping to make Ubuntu my primary OS, but if Steam gaming isn't going to be viable because the downloads for games takes forever, looks like I'll pick another Distro instead or stay with Windows 10.

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    Re: Slow Steam Game Download in Ubuntu 18.04

    I have no idea why one Linux distro would download from Steam quickly, and another would be pokey.

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    Re: Slow Steam Game Download in Ubuntu 18.04

    I should have added that I have 8 OS's across 3 hard drives, so I'm trying these out all on the same computer. And to update, I tried Mint and Manjaro today and Mint. Mint was going to take over 24 hours to download Grid Autosport, whereas Manjaro downloaded it in a few minutes. So the common thread seems to be that if I use Steam on a Ubuntu based distro (Ubuntu, Zorin, Mint) I have the same issue, whereas a non-Ubuntu distro downloads as fast as Windows 10 (Manjaro--Arch, Solus--Independent, Deepin--Debian). The last distro I have loaded that I can try is openSuse Leap 15.1. I'm going to guess that it will download just fine since it's not Ubuntu based either. So there seems to be something related to Ubuntu that is causing the issue. I might download and try Pop OS to see if a 4th Ubuntu distro has the issue. I have Elementary OS on a flat panel all-in-one Dell PC that dual boots with Windows 8, so I might try that as well since it is on a different PC. Might be something about my particular PC that Ubuntu doesn't like.

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    Re: Slow Steam Game Download in Ubuntu 18.04

    I did say goodbye to Canonical and moved to Manjaro, and, well, it's better and faster than a Debian-based system.

    I'm still here, of course, but Manjaro is my permanent distro from now on. It, simply, is Arch made so easy-to-use, so user-friendly and just as suitable for beginners as Ubuntu, that it is, FWIW, high on the DistroWatch page. Its use and justified popularity annoys some Arch users, who are the guys who consider themselves Superior Human Beings for going through the gymnastics of installing Arch itself.

    Y'know, the "btw, I use Arch" meme.

    I will always love Ubuntu, which made me a Linux user through and through, but Manjaro is just too good a system.

    Anyway, I'm glad you can install Steam games without waiting for hours and hours.
    Last edited by oldrocker99; 2 Days Ago at 01:50 AM.

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    Re: Slow Steam Game Download in Ubuntu 18.04

    Well, looks like I solved the problem. I found this site and instructions - https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-disab...c-beaver-linux

    It disables ipv6 and once disabled, I launch Steam and start my download and instead of 24+ hours, my download took a few minutes.

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    Re: Slow Steam Game Download in Ubuntu 18.04

    Yeah, I'm really loving Linux and just toying around with it. I really like something about every Distro I've tried. I'll have to see which I settle into over time. I do have to say that so far I really like them all and usually boot into a different one every day. This weekend I mostly played with KDE Plasma versions of Manjaro and openSuse Leap. Really liked them both.

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    Re: Slow Steam Game Download in Ubuntu 18.04

    Quote Originally Posted by blznguns View Post
    Yeah, I'm really loving Linux and just toying around with it. I really like something about every Distro I've tried. I'll have to see which I settle into over time. I do have to say that so far I really like them all and usually boot into a different one every day. This weekend I mostly played with KDE Plasma versions of Manjaro and openSuse Leap. Really liked them both.
    I had an Amiga back in the 80s. I was about the first person to have one in my area in 1986, and about the last person to still be using one in 1996. I loved AmigaOS, which was inspired at least by UNIX. It was a fun computer to use. Another 10 years with Windoze, I got smart and installed Ubuntu 8.04, and have been having FUN with Linux ever since. It's fun to use the way the Amiga was.

    I drink my Ubuntu black, no sugar.
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