|02-05-2013, 02:31 PM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2007
[Linux Promo Confirmed]How To Temporarily Install Linux
On the heels of the news that TF2 will be getting a Tux promo that whoever logs in while in Linux will get.
http://screencloud.net/v/YI0 (From the Steam Translation Site, thanks to cyba89,http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=3072900 )
I felt it would help a lot of Linux noobs such as myself if we compile a list of easy and temporary ways to install Linux on our personal computers.
By temporary, I mean in a way that it doesn't replace the current OS with itself. Various ways I have heard of is dual booting, loading from a cd, and from a usb drive.
Additionally, I would like to ask of how, after the installation of Linux, to install and run Steam and TF2.
TL: DR. Linux Gurus and Veterans, please help us Linux Noobs.
Method#1 Thanks to sandman9601
1. Installing into a virtual machine is easy. VirtualBox is my preferred choice for Windows. Create a VM, install Ubuntu into that, install Steam, profit. Then just delete it. I'll guess it takes about 1.5 hours (1 hour to install VirtualBox and Ubuntu, 30 mins to download TF2). The VirtualBox defaults are pretty good, and if you know even a little about computers then it's easy to understand.
2. All you need to do is run textmode I bet, so a low-power system will probably work. Don't discount tossing Linux (or a VM) onto an old machine or even an Atom machine. I doubt Raspberry Pi will, though, as it's ARM-based. The TF2 code is x86. Unless there's a shim that lets x86 work on ARM, you're out of luck.
3. I've tried Linux on an i3 system (Intel NUC) and TF2 is actually pretty good on it. Turn down the graphics and run at 720p and it's playable. I also don't even know what video drivers I'm using, I bet with the latest ones (GMA or EMGD) I could get it to run even better.
4. If you're going to run textmode under Linux, here's a tip. The familiar text console that you see with Windows will *not* show up, but the game will still run (you just won't see anything). If you need the console then open up a terminal window and start Steam from there. That window will be your textmode window for TF2 (along with plenty of Steam output).
Method#2 Thanks to cyba89
Method#3 Thanks to Suspicious
I'll note that it's possible to fit Linux distributions onto a USB stick, but to fit Linux, the Steam client *and* TF2 I suspect you'd need a pretty decently large flash drive.
Method#4 Thanks to bigcow200
once the installation is done restart the PC
and it will automatically start linux
if you want to switch back to windows restart your pc
again and this time you get to choose between Windows and linux
and if you dislike linux you can simply uninstall it after getting the misc
Q1-ViddyBones:Will virtual box uninstall cleanly or will it affect my computer's performance afterwards?
A1-Shlamalama:no, its just running the other os in the "matrix"...
Q2-Snyphurr:I've heard Ubuntu isn't very user-friendly if you're not familiar with Linux. Is there a "baby's first Linux...?"
A2-Rickenlotus:Ubuntu is actually exactly that.
Q3-hawkshadow741:tried downloading the steam installer, how do you install it there are no applications for running it
Q4-hawkshadow741:right, then show me the "How to uninstall" guide on that website. All the other guides I've seen say that uninstalling Linux makes it impossible to start up your computer, since you have to choose Windows Vista/7/whatever or Ubuntu
A4-danharibo:If you use Wubi, then it just uses the Windows bootloader instead of installing it's own. People thing that "Uninstalling" Linux breaks their computer because they also delete the new bootloader meaning they can't choose which OS to boot. When you use Wubi, there's no new bootloader installed so it's much easier to remove it entirely if you don't want it.
Q5-...:So I went ahead and opened/played TF2 on my account using Linux. Why didn't the new promo drop for me?
A5-...:The item has not been released yet. Valve is now just trying to get that Linux Promo message translated in as many languages as they can before starting the event. However, it wouldn't hurt to get Linux set up now to save yourself the headache of doing it during the rush.
Q6-...:After installing Linux, can I just transfer my Steam and TF2 files or do I have to re-download them all over again?
A6-...:Sadly you will have to redownload them both from within Linux so their files can be allocated to the correct locations according to Linux's file structure.
Q7-...:Okay, so I installed Linux, Steam, and Team Fortress 2, but when trying to start up TF2, I get an error message, what do I do know?
A7-japanimater:In some instances, it will still register on Steam's servers that you played the Linux version of TF2, even if you didn't get to the opening Valve screen. Open TF2 on your Steam account from a computer that let's you. You may still get the Tux.
Please don't forget to rep the person whose tutorial you used that worked.
Last edited by japanimater: 02-15-2013 at 10:10 PM.
|02-05-2013, 02:35 PM||#2|
Join Date: Aug 2011
I did it for a class, dont remember it being that difficult. Find the version you want (Ubuntu for example), choose to allocate some gigs (I think I did 30?) Install it and and whenever you turn on your computer choose which OS to boot up.
|02-05-2013, 02:37 PM||#3|
Join Date: Feb 2012
I have no idea if it will work, but there is a program called virtualbox that sets aside mart of your memory to run a second OS on
here's a link
It looks promising--I've used it before, but never for linux
Last edited by Snartleflush: 02-05-2013 at 02:41 PM.
|02-05-2013, 02:40 PM||#5|
Join Date: Apr 2012
|02-05-2013, 06:58 PM||#10|
Join Date: Jul 2010
I believe another bump is merited, as I too want to know how to do this.
|02-05-2013, 07:11 PM||#11|
Sitting in timeout
Join Date: May 2012
|02-05-2013, 09:47 PM||#12|
Join Date: Sep 2008
how about link(s) to isos or similar such files pls? I've got an ubuntu VM in parallels but can't get tf2 to load, i figure maybe a new VM/source will work.
|02-05-2013, 09:51 PM||#13|
Join Date: Feb 2006