CentOS 7 is out and it will likely prove to be a great alternative for Fedora. CentOS 6 was also a good choice, but it lacked many features of a modern desktop since its core was based on Fedora 12-13. The latest CentOS 7 derives from RHEL 7 which is primarily based on Fedora 19 “with several changes from 20 and later” and that gives it a great advantage over its predecessor.
I wanted to test the Steam native client as I never managed to install it properly on CentOS 6. It was one of the few reasons I still use Fedora on my PC (I’m not much into running the “latest and greatest” apps and features), but I am happy to say the new CentOS works flawlessly so I am seriously considering the switch.
My test was done on a machine which was recently installed with CentOS 7 using the GNOME desktop installation option. To install the Steam client I used the Fedora 19 official repository for Steam which is binary compatible with CentOS 7.
Here’s the detailed steps:
Install EPEL repo
– this is not mandatory but could prove beneficial for other package installations
yum install http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/beta/7/x86_64/epel-release-7-0.2.noarch.rpm
Install RPMForge repo
– same as EPEL
yum install http://pkgs.repoforge.org/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.3-1.el7.rf.x86_64.rpm
Configure the official Steam repo
– output is for 64bit, for 32bit replace x86_64 in baseurl with i386 (you can browse all other repos here)
name=Steam RPM packages (and dependencies) for Fedora
Install a dependency
– This is the only dependency not yet available via the standard or compatible repositories. Note that Steam on Linux is only 32-bit at the moment so install this even if you’re running a 64-bit OS
yum install http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/releases/19/Everything/i386/os/libtxc_dxtn-1.0.0-3.fc19.i686.rpm
yum --enablerepo=steam_fedora19 install steam
Done, the Steam client installs successfully! To launch it either use the start entry in Applications –> Games or run it in the terminal with steam. Enjoy!
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