Steam for Linux
For most of us out there, we enjoy playing our games on Windows. We’ve used Windows for years and it is the only OS we know. With the denouncement of Windows 8 by Gabe Newell, the release of Big Picture, Steam for Linux, and the Linux powered Steam Box, Valve has laid out a path that makes Linux very enticing. Valve has also made Team Fortress 2, Half Life and Counter-Strike freely available on Linux too. So why not give it a try?
Below is a quick guide that will help you make the jump to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, alongside your current Windows installation. This guide assumes that you have a novice/intermediate understanding of computers and the Windows operating system with little or no Linux knowledge.
If you are curious to see what Valve has been working on, you may be surprised to see all that has been accomplished in such a small amount of time.
Before You Begin
Before making any changes to your computer, we recommend that you back up any important files before starting this guide. If you have never backed up files before, we recommend you check out this page.
- Be sure to download Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support) 32 or 64 Bit (Download Here)
- Also be ready to burn an ISO to a blank DVD or CD
Burn Your Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ISO
Windows 7 has made it way to easy to burn an ISO. Just double click on the ISO file and insert the disc and burn.
Preparing Your Hard Drive in Windows
First we will need to make some space on your hard drive for Ubuntu to sit on. To do that, we will be shrinking the existing Windows partition to create some unallocated space. To get started, Click on Control Panel, Administrative Tools, then Computer Management. From There click on the Disk Management tool on the left.
Now that we’re in the right spot, right click on the C: drive and select Shrink Volume.
By default, Windows assumes that you would like to split the drive in half. Since we’ll be installing a few games later on 60GB should be enough for the sake of this guide.
Choose the new size of your Windows Partition and click Shrink.
Once the partition has been brought down to size, you should see that your C: drive now has some unallocated space.
Your drive is now ready for Ubuntu. If you forgot to do a back up, now is the time to get it done. Hit the next page to Install Ubuntu.