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M31 Dec 19, 2012 @ 6:59pm
Steam on other platforms?
I don't run Ubuntu...is there any other way to get steam up and running on some other distrobution
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James Dec 19, 2012 @ 7:07pm 
You can unpack the .deb and install or package it manually... other distrabutions already have built packages around it as well, Archlinux has a package in AUR Fedora has one here http://spot.fedorapeople.org/steam/steam.repo other distros might also have one so it might help if you told us what you are running.
M31 Dec 19, 2012 @ 7:10pm 
Debian Squeeze. How would I unpack a deb file? I dpkg -i steam_latest.deb and it just gave me a ton of unmet dependencies
James Dec 19, 2012 @ 7:27pm 
Originally posted by Andromedas:
Debian Squeeze. How would I unpack a deb file? I dpkg -i steam_latest.deb and it just gave me a ton of unmet dependencies
deb files are just a standard linux archive format (I forget which one exactly, tar.gz or tar.bz2 or similar) so your graphical archive manager should beable to extract the contents from it.

But you are still going to need to install the dependencies, and depending on how different the packagenames/versions are in debian and ubuntu you might beable to install the .deb after installing the dependinces without the need to unpack the deb... However I am not a debian expert :)
Col Dec 19, 2012 @ 8:05pm 
See this thread http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/0/882965118613928324/

I got Steam up and running on Debian Testing by using Cyb.org's 2 scripts as a guide.
Lumen Dec 20, 2012 @ 3:43am 
.deb packages are named after Debian and Ubuntu is based off of Debian so Steam should work just fine on any Debian based distro, including Debian Squeeze. Just install the dependencies and try "# dpkg -i steam_latest.deb" again.
James Dec 20, 2012 @ 5:38am 
Originally posted by Lumen:
.deb packages are named after Debian and Ubuntu is based off of Debian so Steam should work just fine on any Debian based distro, including Debian Squeeze. Just install the dependencies and try "# dpkg -i steam_latest.deb" again.
Not all .debs work on all debian based distros as they depend on specific packages, file system structure and package versions which not all debian based distros share exactly.
NightStalker Dec 20, 2012 @ 5:48am 
Just as information: To extract a .deb file you can run ar x steam.deb this will extract you some .tar.gz (or .tar.bz2, don't know exactly) files. The one named data.tar.gz contains all the files that would be installed by dpkg.
Col Dec 20, 2012 @ 6:48am 
Alternatively use dpkg directly: if you have "steam.deb", run
dpkg -c steam.deb
to see what it contains and where they will end up (in case you need to remove them again later), and run
dpkg -x steam.deb .
to extract the contents to the pwd. I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT RECOMMEND doing
sudo dpkg -x steam.deb /
(like I did) to extract the contents to the required locations, if only because you then have to manually delete them again if you want rid of them and it's easy to mess up, (although
dpkg -c steam.deb |awk '/[^\/]$/ { print substr( $(NF),2 ) }' |sudo xargs rm
would be the safe way). And of course you'd still have to manually install the Ubuntu libc and other dependencies as in Cyb.org's debian_install.sh and make his debian_steam.sh script to run Steam (from the thread I linked to above).
Last edited by Col; Dec 20, 2012 @ 7:01am
D'Galan Dec 20, 2012 @ 11:07am 
Pufonel Dec 21, 2012 @ 9:42am 
Steam is available for openSUSE users as well, thru the 3rd party repository called Games. Supported versions are 12.1, 12.2 and Tumbleweed. According to the search http://software.opensuse.org/package/steam the program is available for openSUSE 11.4 as well. Have a lot of fun :)
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