How to install Steam on openSUSE?

Hey guys,

I am a new openSUSE user switching over from Windows 8.1. I went to install Steam knowing it was available for Linux but I later realized that only a .deb was available and not a .rpm. How can I play my Steam games on my laptop running openSUSE?

Thanks in advance for all your help.

When in doubt look it up

and here it is

On Sat, 10 Jan 2015 04:56:05 +0000, gogalthorp wrote:

> When in doubt look it up

Well, there are some caveats there. If you find something in a home:
repository, you might ask first whether or not it’s a safe repo to
install from if you’re not certain.

Some home repos are used for experimental builds, so if in doubt about
whether an installation source is good, ask before doing. :slight_smile:


Jim Henderson
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Ha I should have looked there are a bunch of private sources there. But the first is the Games/tools repo. All seem to be the same version and in any case I think the package is just the installer you get the code from the steam site via the installer.

I installed from there in oS 13.2 64bit without issues nor any need for tweaks, except that the steam menu launcher inherited the SDL environment variable from my previous 13.1 64bit home.

SDL_AUDIODRIVER=alsa /usr/bin/steam %U

I don’t know if this is still necessary, but it doesn’t seem to break anything.