Site Map - skip to main content

Hacker Public Radio

Your ideas, projects, opinions - podcasted.

New episodes every weekday Monday through Friday.
This page was generated by The HPR Robot at

hpr1594 :: Steam and wine with linux

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

<< First, < Previous, , Latest >>

Thumbnail of Andrew Conway
Hosted by Andrew Conway on 2014-09-11 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
linux, gaming, wine, steam, slackware. 3.
The show is available on the Internet Archive at:

Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Play now:

Duration: 00:17:13


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.

Links relevant to this adventure:


Subscribe to the comments RSS feed.

Comment #1 posted on 2014-09-16 12:46:33 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 2014-09-17 00:52:08 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 2014-09-20 11:54:57 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.

Leave Comment

Note to Verbose Commenters
If you can't fit everything you want to say in the comment below then you really should record a response show instead.

Note to Spammers
All comments are moderated. All links are checked by humans. We strip out all html. Feel free to record a show about yourself, or your industry, or any other topic we may find interesting. We also check shows for spam :).

Provide feedback
Your Name/Handle:
Anti Spam Question: What does the letter P in HPR stand for?
Are you a spammer?
What is the HOST_ID for the host of this show?
What does HPR mean to you?