I got Valve's steam to work on my (older) Linux mint lisa machine without hardly any effort, and I thought I'd share:
If you try to install the steam_latest.deb package from valve on a linux mint distro, you'll notice that dependencies can't be met: the "new" package versions are just not in the repository. This leaves you with a few options:
- Upgrade to a newer version
(this is non-trivial, as explained in other tutorials:)
- Just install the required packages from the maya-distro.
(This last option is what I did. Note that this "meddles" with your existing installation! But since we're only taking about a handful of packages here, and since upgraded packages usually work backward compatible, it was worth taking the chance. (If I messed up, I just would have taken option 1 anyway:))
To do this, follow a few very simple steps:
* Make sure you have gdebi installed (it's what I used here)
* Add briefly a few lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list
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deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ maya main upstream import
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ precise partner
deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ precise free non-free
* Do an apt-get update (but no upgrade!!)
* Install the steam package with gdebi:
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This should install the newer packages automatically. Since you update libc and stuff, this will require you to restart some services in an automated dialog.
(I was planning on putting the output in attachment, but apparently I can't even upload txt files here?)
* REMOVE THE REPO'S AGAIN from /etc/apt/sources.list
* Do an apt-get update again to flush the old packages
(You should now be able to do an apt-get upgrade without seeing a whole lot of new packages:)
* And finally, run steam!
Hope this helps someone.