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Steam under Linux
« on: July 19, 2017, 10:52:08 PM »

Native Steam on Linux
Download the latest build, extract it, and run ./steam or type sudo make install.
This should work on most Linux distributions.
Arch Linux
A package is available from the official repositories. It can be installed by typing pacman -S steam.
You will first need to enable the multilib repository if you are on a 64-bit system.
Steam packages are available for jessie and sid. To install Steam, use apt-get install steam or aptitude install steam.
If you are on a non-i386 architecture (e.g. amd64), you need to enable multiarch.
Further installation and usage instructions can be found in the Steam Debian wiki article.
RPM packages are available from RPMFusion for all supported Fedora releases. The package works fine on both i686 and x86_64 systems and already contains support for the S3 Texture compression library for open source drivers (radeon, inteland nouveau) along with all the required libraries to start playing with Steam games.
To install, after enabling the RPMFusion repositories, simply issue a yum install steam or dnf install steam, depending on your Fedora version.
Note: There is also a staging repository where additional options are added to the package, like Valve's xpad driver, packages for running the SteamOS client in SteamOS mode and a "noruntime" package to disable the Ubuntu Runtime. These features might not end up in RPMFusion. The repository is available at
The repository is available at The repository contains support for the S3 Texture compression library for open source drivers (radeon, intel and nouveau).

Unofficial .ebuilds are available through gamerlay, progress is tracked on Gentoo Bug 442176. Use your preferred overlay manager to install the overlay, gamerlay. If you currently do not have an overlay manager, install the overlay manager layman, then install gamerlay using layman -a gamerlay. Finally, install steam using emerge --ask games-util/steam-launcher.
  • Note that overlay is a community repository. If this is not preferred, install the unpackaged version of Steam.
Install the RPM package for openSUSE.
Further information:
Update your system with the latest updates, then install the official DEB package using your favorite package manager, or dpkg -i steam_latest.deb.
Launch Synaptic Package Manager and click reload.
Search for Steam, right click steam-launch, click mark for installation.
Click apply and when the installation is done Steam will be in the internet category.
Slackers have two options:
Eric Hameleers binary package:
With Play On Linux (POL)
One "easy" method of installing Steam is with Play On Linux ( First download the latest version of PoL
and install it. Then run it by typing: "playonlinux" in the console and click on "installer", select "jeu" or "game" and next, select steam, next, say yes for all next steps, and here it is, Steam Is installed ! Enjoy.

POL does install Steam but the Tahoma truetype font is not installed correctly therefore not allowing you to view the normal text on the screen. I have just tested it on Fedora 9. I can view the default Steam webpage and the community page no problem. But the login text is invisible, the My Games screen text is invisible. NOTE - Tahoma font installs properly on Backtrack 4 Pre Release. (Tested 6/15/09) NOTE - Tahoma font can be installed by copying it from your windows pc to a flash drive and then putting it in a hidden folder (on your linux pc) named .fonts (you may have to make the folder0 in your root directory (Tested in kbuntu 10/16/09)

The Tahoma font can be installed using winetricks with the command winetricks tahoma without a windows install to copy it from.

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