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Adventures in Linux: Steam Beta - This 8-Bit Life

Adventures in Linux: Steam Beta
Leland Flynn

Recently I’ve migrated from using Ubuntu Linux to a distribution called Linux Mint. I had been hearing some really great things about it and have become increasingly bothered with some of the decisions made by Canonical, including but not limited to the inclusion of ads directly into the OS. Say what you will about this being Linux and the ease with which it can be disabled.

It is the principle of the thing that irks me. But enough about my gripes, on to the neat stuff.

I have used a Linux distro of some sort as my daily driver for quite some time but have long been tethered to a Windows install for gaming and the need of support for some specific software. Luckily for me and many other Linux fans out there game maker Vale has begun beta testing their all-in-one video game marketplace/ploy-to-take-all-my-munnies, Steam on Linux. Unfortunately its a closed beta. Fortunately for us though, this is (as was previously stated) Linux, so screw the rules, we can do what we want!

What follows are some of the steps I took to get steam working in Mint 13 with Mate. Unless specified these steps will be done from the terminal:

  1. wget
  2. sudo dpkg -i steam.deb && sudo apt-get install -f
  3. **If you are running 64-bit (and why wouldn’t you be?) you will need these dependencies: sudo apt-get install libjpeg-turbo8:i386 libcurl3-gnutls:i386 libogg0:i386 libpixman-1-0:i386 libsdl1.2debian:i386 libtheora0:i386 libvorbis0a:i386 libvorbisenc2:i386 libvorbisfile3:i386 libasound2:i386 libc6:i386 libgcc1:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libx11-6:i386 libxau6:i386 libxcb1:i386 libxdmcp6:i386
  4. Under Menu > Games click the Steam icon and allow it to update. **This will attempt to load the client on its own but as you are not a beta member it will immediately close the application.
  5. After the update run this from the terminal: steam steam://open/games  **Success! You should now have unfettered access tot he beta and any games you may already own that are compatible. You can also buy and install new games.
  6. Extra Credit: To make things a bit easier you can simply make yourself a shortcut on the Desktop by right-clicking and selecting “Create Launcher”. From here simply paste in the command from above, steam steam://open/games and you should now have a simple way to launch Steam!

For a list of what currently works and doesn’t check out this Reddit post:


  1. Alvaro

    This hack works in ubuntu 12.04 too!
    Thanks for the great work :)

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