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: Nice
by Morty on Sat 14th Dec 2013 11:21 UTC in reply to "Nice"
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I think game studious couldn't care less about SteamOS.

But they do care about Steam, as it's a major distribution channel.

A fact not lost on them and Valve both, giving Valve both opportunity and power to convince the game studios to support SteamOS. Ranging from nicer financial deals for studios supporting SteamOS, to making games without SteamOS support "second class" titles promotion vise on Steam. For Minor studios it may even be a simple "no access to Steam without StemOS support" rule.

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