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Steam is a content delivery system available for GNU/Linux gaming.

install part 1

In order to install Steam, we must first install layman, a program used to add and generally manage additionally funtoo repository.

root # emerge -a layman

Now we must add the gamerlay repository:

root # layman -a gamerlay
root # layman -S

Now we have to tell portage about layman fetched repositories by doing:

For layman1.1

root # echo "source /usr/portage/local/layman/make.conf" >> /etc/portage/make.conf

For layman1.2

root # echo "source /usr/local/portage/layman/make.conf" >> /etc/portage/make.conf

For layman1.3

root # echo "source /var/lib/layman/make.conf" >> /etc/portage/make.conf

Ok, now we can install steam by running:

root # emerge steam-launcher

install part 2

steam has its own internal package management system. Portage will not track its files, or games installed. the ebuild simply pulls in the steam installer, to run the steam installer:

root # /usr/bin/steam

the installer will prompt you with several questions, once done running the installer command will load the latest version of steam.


Text is corrupt or missing

Steam makes heavy usage of the Arial font. A decent Arial font to use is ttf-liberation.

root # emerge liberation-fonts
root # eselect fontconfig enable 60-liberation.conf

Steam segfaults after 2nd start!

I do not know much about this behaviour, but I found a workaround. If you saved your password, you need to backup all your games and reset Steam.

user $ mkdir -p ~/backup
user $ mv ~/.local/share/Steam/steamapps ~/backup
user $ steam --reset
user $ mv ~/backup ~/.local/share/Steam/steamapps

Start Steam again, enter username and password, but do not check "Remember my password", it is the thing that causes all the troubles. You will need to enter password every time you start Steam, but that is the only solution I found.

My screen in Dota 2 (and other Source games) is all red!

root # echo 'media-libs/libtxc_dxtn abi_x86_32' >> /etc/portage/package.use
root # emerge media-libs/libtxc_dxtn