Saturday, October 7, 2017

How To Install Apps On SteamOS Desktop

This is highly outdated and may break SteamOS use at own risk.
So there is a lot of people who want to use SteamOS for regular desktop use.  Of course there is still a problem with using a printer as far as I can see at this moment.  However we can still use our SteamOS as a office environment as well as an entertainment environment.  We can use Chrome, Skype, VLC, LibreOffice and Gimp.  Note I will say that they maybe older versions and should work okay however I am not to blame if there is any problems using the software so please use at own risk. 

First I'm going to tell you to open your terminal and do these commands to get things working properly.  Don't use the quote (") in the commands when doing them.

1. First if you haven't done so yet give your system a root password with "passwd"
2. Sign-In into root with "sudo su"
3. Add this repository for VLC and other apps "echo "deb wheezy main contrib non-free" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list"
4. Next lets update the system "sudo apt-get update"
5. Lets install the update "sudo apt-get -f install"

First we are going to install Chrome to get things started

1.  First open Iceweasel your going to want to download Chrome from this link "".  Download the x64 Ubuntu/Debian version.
2. Next type in "cd /home/desktop/Downloads/" this will take you to your download folder where Chrome has downloaded.
3.  Next to install type "sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb"

Now we begin to install apps like Skype.

1. Typing the following text will download Skype "wget -c"
2. The following will install Skype "dpkg -i skype-debian_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb"

Now lets install VLC player if you want to watch video's

1. If you added the repository from the top all you need to do to install is type the following "sudo apt-get install vlc"

Now were going to install Libre Office

1.  Once again with that repository from the top we can now install LibreOffice and type the following to install "apt-get -t wheezy-backports install libreoffice"

Now lets install Gimp for some photo editing fun

1. Once again with the repository we can install Gimp using the following command "sudo apt-get install gimp"

Now you should have a great working environment if you know of any other cool apps or a more updated repository please. If there needs to be anything corrected in this post.


  1. Thanks Much, I am much happier now with my Cyberpower SteamOS PC

    1. You're welcome this is old news though and may not be reliable for the SteamOS system. Becareful but and I hope you enjoy your SteamOS system.


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