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Lutris now has a Flatpak Beta available and updated for the Steam Deck

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While it's not quite ready just yet to be a one-click install, the game manager Lutris is at least now available with various improvements as a Flatpak Beta.

The what: the point of Lutris is to bring together many different launchers (Steam, Epic Games, Origin, GOG, Ubisoft), along with support for running games through Wine and Emulation too.

For the Steam Deck, the Flatpak means you no longer have to mess around with disabling the read-only filesystem. However, it still needs an extra couple steps to make sure it's installed and able to run correctly. Here's how:

  1. Load up Discover and search for "Lutris", then install it.
  2. Run this command in terminal (Konsole):
    flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Platform.Compat.i386 org.freedesktop.Platform.GL32.default org.freedesktop.Platform.GL.default
    Which is needed otherwise Lutris throws up an error at you. Use CTRL+SHIFT+V to paste into Konsole with a keyboard.
  3. That command will ask a few options, for each one just select the last in the list (the latest). Example:

After that, you will have a working Lutris install on the Steam Deck.

Once it's out properly (which should hopefully be soon), this should end up being just a one-click install like other Flatpak packages in the Discover app.

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property 22 Apr
Finally. I've already updated my Ansible-Playbooks to install Lutris on my gaming devices (Fedora Silverblue). Thanks Liam!

I'm really glad to see this surge of developement regarding Flatpaks. I hope this continues and involves more and more desktop applications so I can convert more of our workstations to Linux. :)

Last edited by property on 22 April 2022 at 12:25 pm UTC
Ananace 22 Apr
They've had their Flatpak beta for a while now, still missing a few things to let all their runners work, but for regular Wine - and native Linux game - usage it's been possible for many months. (My desktop install of the Lutris beta Flatpak is from December)

You can also include the version in the flatpak install command itself to speed things up;
flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Platform.Compat.i386//42 org.freedesktop.Platform.GL32.default//21.08 org.freedesktop.Platform.GL.default//21.08

This was actually one of the first things I did after getting my own Deck, since I'm part of the Star Citizen LUG, and wanted to see how well it'd do with such a heavy game. Currently not possible to play it in game mode due to what seems like a resolution switching issue, but it works remarkably well in desktop mode - albeit with some input difficulties.
Vivi 23 Apr
Tried it earlier with Sims 2 and Sims 4 via Origin, works pretty nicely on my Steam Deck! Can't get EGS to install though, so I'll need to mess around with that.
t3g 23 Apr
This is good as Arch is stuck on the old version for the past month. Rolling release lol…
Quoting: ViviTried it earlier with Sims 2 and Sims 4 via Origin, works pretty nicely on my Steam Deck! Can't get EGS to install though, so I'll need to mess around with that.

How did you manage that? All I get is errors no matter what I install! Trying to install to SD card and file permissions gave via flatpak.

Last edited by Phoenixfire90 on 23 April 2022 at 1:26 pm UTC
TheRiddick 24 Apr
Quoting: t3gThis is good as Arch is stuck on the old version for the past month. Rolling release lol…

Except Rolling Release does not mean bleeding edge. There are AUR and git/dev repositories normally for that sort of thing, or testing/unstable branches.
Installed on the Deck and I keep getting "Missing Vulkan Libraries" error
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