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#31 +Karl L.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 21:42

As an alternative to the method I posted above for installing Steam on Debian, I built Ubuntu 12.04's libc 2.15 for Debian 7 AMD64 in a clean chroot and uploaded my unsigned binaries so you can install them instead of building it yourself (so long as you have a 64-bit Debian system). Just follow the instructions below to upgrade Debian 7's libc from 2.13 to 2.15 and install Steam.

# Download my libc tarball and the latest Steam beta package.
wget https://dl.dropbox.com/u/62647756/multiarch-support/eglibc_2.15-0ubuntu10.3_wheezy_deb.tar.lzma
wget http://media.steampowered.com/client/installer/steam.deb

# Extract and install the libc packages.
tar -xJf eglibc_2.15-0ubuntu10.3_wheezy_deb.tar.lzma
pushd eglibc_2.15-0ubuntu10.3_wheezy_deb
sudo dpkg --force-overwrite -i libc6_2.15-*.deb libc6-dev_2.15-*.deb libc6-i386_2.15-*.deb libc6-dev-i386_2.15-*.deb libc-bin_2.15-*.deb libc-dev-bin_2.15-*.deb multiarch-support_2.15-*.deb nscd_2.15-*.deb
popd
rm -rf eglibc_2.15-0ubuntu10.3_wheezy_deb

# Install the Steam package.
sudo apt-get install gdebi
sudo gdebi -n steam.deb



#32 +Majesticmerc

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 21:31

Got my invite today. I was quite surprised given that I'm running Arch Linux, which I thought would have been low on the list given it's high configurability. I was also pleasently surprised to see that I have 20 games available to me already, although the 12GB TF2 download is monstrous :p

#33 +Karl L.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 00:32

I just got my invite today too! I guess they just sent out another batch of them. (Apparently they decided to invite Debian and Arch users too, although the beta is still officially only for Ubuntu. I can't wait to play TF2 in Debian!)

#34 +BoneyardBrew

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 00:46

Got my invite today. I was quite surprised given that I'm running Arch Linux, which I thought would have been low on the list given it's high configurability. I was also pleasently surprised to see that I have 20 games available to me already, although the 12GB TF2 download is monstrous :p


I just got my invite today too! I guess they just sent out another batch of them. (Apparently they decided to invite Debian and Arch users too, although the beta is still officially only for Ubuntu. I can't wait to play TF2 in Debian!)


Do they email you if you've been accepted or is it done via a pop-up in the client?

#35 Nothing Here

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 00:51

People who are on x64 Linux systems, only help I can offer is to say install an x86 version of your distro and enable the PAE kernel. This way your system is capatible and you have access to all your ram.

Do they email you if you've been accepted or is it done via a pop-up in the client?


They were suppossed to email people. But at the time, they only wanted people on Ubuntu.

#36 ViperAFK

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 00:52

I had no problem installing it on 64 bit ubuntu.

Got my invite today, installed it on my laptop. I'll have to get around to getting a dual boot going on my gaming desktop eventually to test it there. Its nice having it on my laptop even though I don't really play much games on it, because I can have my friends list up and not miss game invites :)

#37 +BoneyardBrew

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 00:53

They were suppossed to email people. But at the time, they only wanted people on Ubuntu.


Alright, thanks. I only signed up recently and wasn't sure how they were contacting people. I know most times when games/software are concerned it's done with a popup on Steam. I'd get emails sometimes and other times I wouldn't.

#38 +Karl L.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:31

I can also attest that Valve emailed me to inform me of my acceptance into the beta. Also, I have no problems running Steam on the AMD64 port of Debian using a variation of the method I posted earlier in this thread. Arch users should have no problems with anything but packaging (even on AMD64), I suspect.

#39 Steve B.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 13:56

Closed thread, official topic on final release is here

I note there were two posts from recently asking for help, they're now in that thread.