I have Steam installed on Win7 in D:\Games\PC\Steam. I installed Steam on my Ubuntu now and for Half-Life 2: Deatmatch it asked wether to install in the default folder or somewhere else. I chose the same folder as for Windows to avoid having games doubled, on Ubuntu it's /media/Media/Games/PC/Steam. It didn't download anything and was instantly ready to play. When I chose to install Team Fortress 2 it didn't ask me where to install. I read that some games, like TF2, can be installed only in the default game library folder. Will those that are installed in the same folder as the Windows Steam is create any conflicts?

Thanks in advance.

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    Personally, I wouldn't do it, but if you aren't having problems right now, I say might as well continue doing it.
    – MBraedley
    Apr 14, 2013 at 21:36

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To change the default Download folder,

Just quit Steam (important!) and move the entire Steam folder to another location

mv ~/.local/share/Steam /new/path

and start Steam again. It says something like "can't find Steam, did you move it?" and than you can choose the new folder location.

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