Valve has released a native (currently x86-only) Linux client for their Steam platform available to all steam users.
The .deb released by Valve is actually only an installer that pulls the actual steam version from their servers and places it as well as the games into ~/Steam/. So, the official package manager cannot be involved in managing games and steam updates.
Things you need in order to run steam or even the steam-installer.
If you don't plan on using the ebuild then you can create a set to conveniently manage and update the steam dependencies without changing your world file. Otherwise skip this section.After you have created the file /etc/portage/sets/steam as shown below, run:
You need tmpfs activated in your kernel and /dev/shm mounted.
- bootstraplinux_ubuntu12_32.tar.xz (from the .deb archive)
- steam.desktop (from the .deb archive)
- steam (get the script here) [last update: 2013-03-24]
Make steam executable and run it. There are also a few icons in the .deb archive.
A few tricks to get things working.
- Nvidia: You will need to unmask latest x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers.
- If S3TC support is missing, try media-libs/libtxc_dxtn.
- Starting some games (TF, CS:S) on legacy ATI drivers will give this error: "Required OpenGL extension "GL_EXT_texture_sRGB_decode" is not supported. Please update your OpenGL driver." Workaround is here.
Some people seem to have problems with missing fonts. A user reported it being solved by emerging media-fonts/font-bitstream-100dpi.
Sometimes Xorg does not recognise the new fonts installed. To fix this temp. run:
You may also need media-fonts/corefonts if fonts don't appear to be rendering correctly.
If your WM/DE does not set a mouse pointer theme, then Steam will overwrite the default X11 cursor theme, often resulting in a reversed pointer from left to right.
To fix this, just install and enable a compatible cursor theme via your WM/DE (e.g. x11-themes/vanilla-dmz-xcursors).
You can also enable the installed theme manually with the following method:
If the mouse cursor gets stuck pointing in the wrong direction after exiting steam you can work around that via:
Flashplayer on amd64
Get the 32bit flashplayer from adobe and extract libflashplayer.so to your current working dir. Now run:
Alternatively emerge www-plugins/adobe-flash with 32bit useflag and run:
Memory corruption on startup
You might get an error like this:
Try to emerge x11-libs/libXi and it should work.
It looks like the steam binary has rwx bits in it. You will need to mark the binary with the following to get it working on a hardened system.
By default, Valve bundles own libraries with the steam package and uses them instead of installed system libraries. This behavior can be changed by setting the environment variable STEAM_RUNTIME=0 or startingsteam with
Enabling the steam runtime can fix problems with missing libraries. Use STEAM_RUNTIME=1 if you see errror messages like
Reset Steam client
If you want to wipe out your current steam installation and reinstall steam without losing games data, you can use the --reset command line option:
Team Fortress 2
If you only get a black screen for 1-2 seconds, try adding "-nojoy" to Game->Properties->"Set Launch Options".
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