Steam for Windows 7 runs just fine, AFAIK. At least, it always used to. Odd that you should find the thought in a Linux magazine. You did download the Windows 7 version, right? Windows would not be happy if you installed the Linux build, like putting Diesel oil in a gasoline engine, nasty cleanup job.
If you install on Mint, just make sure it's the Steam app and not SteamOS!
"Klinger, do you know how many zoots were killed to make that one suit?" — BJ Hunnicutt, 4077 M*A*S*H