Steam + Linux (WINE)

Apr 6, 2011 by

Gamers rejoice, developer VALVe’s sublime digital download service “Steam,” can now be enjoyed not only on PC and Mac, but also on Linux, albeit with a little help from WINE. Here’s how to get it working.

First of all, you’ll need the latest stable release of WINE. Either Google it and download from the official site, or (if on Ubuntu or a similar distro) simply add it via the Software Center or similar service.

Once you have WINE, download the Steam installer (an .msi file). This can be found easily on the Steam site.

Once downloaded, browse to the installer, right click it, select properties, click on the permissions tab, and check the box that says “allow executing file as program”.

After you’ve done that, right click it and launch it with WINE. It should install fairly quickly and easily, after which you can simply enter your login details. That’s it!

Hey presto, Steam on Linux. Please note that although most games will run without any serious issues, some are not fully compatible, and may cause errors such as freezing. If you do encounter issues, rest assured that the WINE compatability layer will prevent anything outside of its own files from being damaged or affected in any way.

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