Steam is a multiplayer platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute games and related media online. Steam provides user with automatic installation and management of software on multiple computers, community features such as friend and group lists, and in-game voice and chat functionality.
Steam has become one of the great applications for Linux, so much so that it even has its own Linux distribution.
Valve via Steam have made the gaming market expand its borders, leaving aside the limitations for Linux users when it comes to enjoying game titles, in addition to the fact that most of the games that exist for Linux exist thanks to Steam.
Thanks to this we now have a large catalog of games where we can find free ones such as Dota2, tuxkart just to mention some of the best known, as well as great titles which we can acquire at quite reasonable prices unlike physical formats.
And not only that Steam also usually offers great deals, promotions and discounts With which you can keep an eye on your favorite titles just by adding them to your wish list and Steam will inform you by email or notifications to your phone if you have the application installed when a game on your list has a promotion.
Although this part may seem exaggerated to run Steam games, they must have a dual-core processor running at least 2,8 GHz, in addition to having 2 GB or more of RAM. You will also need an nVidia GeForce 8500 / 9600GT or an ATI / AMD Radeon HD 2500/3600 or better graphics and their latest drivers.
It must be taken into account that the minimum requirements for the operation of Ubuntu 18.04 are being taken as a basis and in addition to this, requirements are added to be able to have a gaming experience without lags or poor graphics.
Although, if you can play with less than what is public here, your team will have it working hard.
How to install Steam on Ubuntu 18.04?
In order to install Steam on our system we have two ways to do it, both quite simple.
- The first of them is supporting us with the Ubuntu software center where we will find the application ready to install with just a couple of clicks.
- The second method is by using the deb package that Valve offers us directly from the official Steam page.
We only have to go to its official website and in your download section we can get the deb package.
Once the download is done we can install Steam with the file just obtained we only have to use our preferred package manager or we can use the terminal for it.
We open the terminal with Ctrl + Alt + T, we position ourselves in the folder where the deb package is and we execute:
sudo dpkg -i steam*.deb
And with that we will have Steam installed on our computer. After that we can search for the application in our application menu and run the program.
I run Steam on my Ubuntu installation and on another machine with Kubuntu which Ie gave a runtime libGL error: unable to load driver: r600_dri.so.If the same thing happens to them, this can be solved with this command:
find ~/.local/share/Steam/ \( -name "libgcc_s.so*" -o -name "libstdc++.so*" -o -name "libxcb.so*" \) -print -delete
The moment we run the application a process of downloading additional files will begin, this process may take a few minutes as it is highly dependent on your internet connection.
After this process you will be able to log in with your Steam account to be able to download your favorite games from your library that will always be available. Without further ado, it only remains to start enjoying your titles in your new Ubuntu installation.