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hpr1594 :: Steam and wine with linux

How to coax a windows-only steam game to work under steam in GNU/Linux.

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Hosted by Andrew Conway on 2014-09-11 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. | Comments (3)

This isn't about my worshiping of Bacchus by playing games on linux in a sauna (that's for a future show) but instead about getting a Windows-only Steam game to work on a recent 64 bit linux distro. I'm using Slackware, but I suspect the pitfalls and solutions I encountered would be similar on other distros.

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Comment #1 posted on 2014-09-16T12:46:33Z by johanv

Linux for the kids

I really like it that you introduce your kids to Linux. I try to do that as well. I installed a Doudou-Linux box for my 4yo son, and he's finding his way pretty well (

I hope he won't get stuck into the Windows world after some time just because my wife doesn't want to abandon Windows. She's a teacher, and teachers often tend to love Microsoft Office.

I guess I will have to make sure that there is always something on the Linux box that is more interesting than the Windows stuff. Shouldn't be too hard, I suppose.

Comment #2 posted on 2014-09-17T00:52:08Z by FreeLikeGNU

Open Spades

After listening to your article I did some research and found there is FOSS alternative called OpenSpades:

There are Linux build instructions here:

Comment #3 posted on 2014-09-20T11:54:57Z by Andrew Conway

Johnv - children start out open minded - sounds like we're both keen to stop our children from sliding into the closed world!

FreeLikeGNU - thanks, I wasn't aware of that and will check it out and tell my son about it.

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