Yeah, Steam the popular gaming platform is finally native available for Linux, specifically Ubuntu. Now don’t get too excited because the amount of games that has been ported to Linux is not that big. It is probably still better to run Steam under Wine if you want to play modern games like Star Wars Battlefront II, like my son is playing.
On a stock install of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal I got the following messages trying to install Wine or Steam:
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Both Wine and Steam seem to be 32-bit packages, which is not visible in the package or the package-manager. The error is a bit cryptic. Trying to install the
ia32-libs gave the same error:
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Trying to look for that problem I found the following forum-post. Somehow I need to tell the package–manager to downgrade to the release-date by putting the following in
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The PIN-priority should be larger than 1000. After that little trick I could install the
steam. There is still some discussion about what the real reason is, but this one worked for me. Of course I removed
For now, Steam works both ways on Linux. The native one feels a bit faster. Happy steaming!