Forget Unity, Make Steam for Linux Your Desktop Environment

A simple script allows Ubuntu users to boot straight into Steam Big Picture

  Steam for Linux Bib Picture interface
Steam for Linux is almost upon us and an open beta client will be released soon, so it's not a surprise that some Linux developers have started to take some liberties with Valve's software.

Steam for Linux is almost upon us and an open beta client will be released soon, so it's not a surprise that some Linux developers have started to take some liberties with Valve's software.

A developer called Thomaz de Oliveira dos Reis has made a script that will allow Ubuntu users to choose Steam for Linux Big Picture feature as a desktop environment.

The script is hosted on github and five iterations of it were already released. The last update brings a STEAM badge icon for lightdm, fixes bad quality packages and improves package information.

The installation is quite simple and makes use of a PPA. Just enter the following commands in a terminal and log-off:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thor27-gmail/steam-desktop
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install steam-login


A complete desktop environment, based on Steam for Linux, would not be such a bad idea, as it would free some of the system's resources.

Download Steam Big Picture Login Screen 5 right now from Softpedia.

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