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 used of a PPA. Just enter the following commands in a terminal and log-off:
[sourcecode]sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thor27-gmail/steam-desktop
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install steam-login[/sourcecode]
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. Take a reboot and choose Steam as you session on login window.