I went ahead and installed Steam on my new Ubuntu 14.04 installation by downloading the .deb install package from the Steam website and running it. While the installation did seem to hang at first and I even started looking online for alternative methods of installing Steam, when suddenly the installation began to execute and everything worked. All that was required on my part was some patience. Now my Steam account is up and running and I am back Racing the Sun. I have set up my Owncloud sync client on the box and have my Gmail account installed in Thunderbird and working. Still need to get VMPlayer installed, but so far so good. No issues with Ubuntu 14.04.