Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Dec 2013 00:14 UTC

As promised, Valve has released the first test release of SteamOS. From the FAQ:

SteamOS is a fork (derivative) of Debian GNU/Linux. The first version (SteamOS 1.0) is called 'alchemist' and it is based on the Debian 'wheezy' (stable 7.1) distribution.

The major changes made in SteamOS are:

  • Backported eglibc 2.17 from Debian testing
  • Added various third-party drivers and updated graphics stack (Intel and AMD graphics support still being worked on)
  • Updated kernel tracking the 3.10 longterm branch (currently 3.10.11)
  • Custom graphics compositor designed to provide a seamless transition between Steam, its games and the SteamOS system overlay
  • Configured to auto-update from the Valve SteamOS repositories

You need to have an NVIDIA card for it to work, since Intel and AMD graphics are currently not yet supported (work is underway).

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RE: Working just with Nvidia
by Ford Prefect on Sat 14th Dec 2013 03:18 UTC in reply to "Working just with Nvidia"
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nVidia also has a very solid driver to start with, they can achieve a good partnership without any big efforts. Whereas AMD has a really shitty driver base and there are so many problems to fix in the first place.

Intel on the other hand have a very solid open source (!) driver, so I don't understand why they are left out in the first release.

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