Setting up Steam with Fedora 23 in 2 easy steps

Everyone loves Valve‘s Steam and one of the best things about the whole system is that they’ve worked really hard to make sure that everyone can take advantage of this vast distribution network of video games. That means that you can use Steam whether you’re on Windows, Linux or Mac. So, for the purposes of this little post/tutorial, I’ll show you how I set up Steam on my laptop which is running Fedora 23.

Enabling the RPMFusion Repositories

The first step is to enable the repositories for RPMFusion. If you’re on Fedora 22 and lower, you’ll need to follow these instructions.

If you’re already on Fedora 23, run the following:
su -c 'dnf install http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm'

One command to install Steam

Next, you’ll need to install Steam which couldn’t be easier. Just open up a terminal and run the following command if you’re on Fedora 23 or use yum if you’re on Fedora 22 and earlier:
dnf install steam

And that’s pretty much it! Once Steam has finished installing, go to your Applications menu and select Games. You’ll see a little snazzy Steam icon there. Select it, accept the Terms and Conditions, and let Steam update which it probably will since you’ll be running it for the first time. Once the update is complete, login with your Steam account credentials, or create a new account if you haven’t already done so.

Now if only Alien Swarm was available on Steam for Linux, which it’s not. Alien Swarm is still only available to Windows users! It’s an older game but there is still a lot of demand for it, so it’s a little surprising that Linux users on Steam are still denied.

:/

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