Forget Unity, Make Steam for Linux Your Desktop Environment

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

By on December 17th, 2012 17:17 GMT

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.