Steam is a large digital library of PC games. It’s not a Linux specific store but it’s home to thousands of games that run under this operating system.
There are a relatively small percentage of Linux games hosted on Steam that can be downloaded without a charge. Most of the games at this location will need input from your wallet/purse.
First make sure your system is up-to-date by opening a terminal and entering the command:
$ sudo apt update
Then install Steam with the command:
$ sudo apt install steam
You can then run Steam from a Search search or from the terminal with the command
Steam will update itself:
If you don’t have an existing account, you’ll need to create a new account.
Once you’ve logged in you have access to the Steam store.
Bear in mind that some of the ‘free games’ hosted on Steam are considered to be ‘Pay to Win’. This has become an infamous term in the gaming world. Users and players willing to spend money to access features that are normally unlocked as the game progresses can give some serious advantage, especially in online games. This presents an unfair balancing issue within the online communities.
All articles in this series:
|Linux For Starters|
|Part 1||What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?|
|Part 2||Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.|
|Part 3||Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.|
|Part 4||We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.|
|Part 5||Things to do after installing Ubuntu.|
|Part 6||Navigating your way around the Desktop.|
|Part 7||Updating the system, install new software.|
|Part 8||Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.|
|Part 9||Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.|
|Part 10||We cover the basics of files and permissions.|
|Part 11||Getting help from your system.|
|Part 12||Learn all about the file system.|
|Part 13||Manipulating files from the shell.|
|Part 14||Maintain your system with these simple tips.|
|Part 15||Managing users on your system.|
|Part 16||Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.|
|Part 17||Gaming on Linux.|
|Part 18||Protect your privacy with this guide.|