donk robot Mar 1, 2014 @ 11:29am
Steam on Debian 7.0 Wheezy
How do I go about installing steam on Debian Wheezy? I understand the consequencies of introducing an Ubuntu package into plain Debian, including the version of libc6 that Ubuntu has, Debian doesn't, and Steam needs. I've tried following other tutorials to no avail. If libc6 is open source, why not just fork libc6 1.5 into a different name and give a .deb for that, so libc6 1.3 and 1.5 can coexist perfectly and clean in a completely customizable environment that Ubuntu doesn't give me? The only reason I don't go with Ubuntu over Debian is that I can't install my own window manager or use the console interface, and it's tedius and ultimately pointless trying to uninstall that horrid Unity interface.
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Kranky K. Krackpot Sr. Mar 1, 2014 @ 12:27pm 
There were several threads about "steam wheezy howto", and even a yet another tutorial, you'd faster find them yourself than wait for others to do it for you...
What you want for libc6 is "back-porting" and "slotting". Technically, it's possible, but it's some kind of pain in the hole, and I doubt Debian mainteiners will go for that just because of a single proprietary gaming package. Debian is famous for its staying away from various weird experiments. For them we already have Ubuntu. But you still can mix Debian's branches, that's actually how steam works on wheezy.
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Zyro Mar 1, 2014 @ 1:22pm 
Originally posted by Kranky K. Krackpot:
There were several threads about "steam wheezy howto", and even a yet another tutorial, you'd faster find them yourself than wait for others to do it for you...

:)

http://ein-eike.de/2013/12/02/installing-steam-on-debian-wheezy-64-bit-the-easy-way/

(Seems to be the first hit when searching with Google for the thread title BTW...)
Last edited by Zyro; Mar 1, 2014 @ 1:24pm
AngryBird Jun 20, 2014 @ 12:00am 
I recommend this tutorial:
http://board.nwrk.biz/viewtopic.php?id=4

It keeps your System completely stable, because it uses an own libc6 which is only used by steam. So your systems libc6 stays untouched!
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