Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Dec 2013 23:43 UTC

SteamOS will be made available when the prototype hardware ships. It will be downloadable by individual users and commercial OEMs. (But unless you're an intrepid Linux hacker already, we're going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out.) We'll post info soon about that. Oh, and stay tuned for the in-home streaming beta to begin soon, too!

The first moment of truth for Valve.

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Minimum spec for SteamOS?
by rklrkl on Thu 12th Dec 2013 11:23 UTC
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Anyone got any idea what the minimum spec for a PC is to run SteamOS? My current Linux box has 32GB RAM, a PCIe SSD, i7 2600 (too slow?!) and am about to get an HD 7790 card (again, too slow?! And not Nvidia? I'm only getting that card because I'm not a hard-core gamer and it's the best card under 100 pounds).

If installable SteamOS is going to take hold, it really should allow you to install on almost any box and then warn you that your experience won't be optimal because certain bits of hardware are below par. If it blocks you doing anything until you change/upgrade that hardware, then that would be a PR disaster.

I must say that after the poor recent efforts of Ubuntu and Fedora (I blame GNOME 3 for most of that), I'm actually quite excited to see what SteamOS will bring, even if it means I'll finally actually have to get a Steam account :-)

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