This morning, while sipping from my cup of tea, I stumbled upon an e-mail from Valve, telling me that I was now a member of the Steam on Linux community. So I ended up not working on my usual stuff, ignoring my usual reading time and even leaving late for work because this is such a big event, I couldn’t miss it.
Well, unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy. By default you get a .deb and who in their right mind uses Buntzi ? So I was thinking of going the convert to rpm route, when I had the idea of searching on http://software.opensuse.org , searched for Steam, and voila, a maintained package and Steam only 3 clicks away.
Some packages are not bundled in. You should do this before installing steam:
sudo zypper install libopenal1-soft-32bit libgcrypt11-32bit mozilla-nss-32bit libgtk-2_0-0-32bit libpng12-0-32bit
At first I installed Steam without some of those packages and I got “cannot start steamui.so”. I also rebooted in the process because I got the latest KDE update in the process. This is relevant because there seems to be a bug where new installations fail unless you reboot and if that were true, my standard reboot-on-update might have made the installation less frustrating.