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: Keeping my hopes up....
by WereCatf on Sat 14th Dec 2013 13:59 UTC in reply to "Keeping my hopes up...."
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Well, I know that it is far fetched, but I was hoping that Valve had made an effort to optimize the Linux desktop GUI with the same eyecandy elements found in the Steam client / Big Picture, so as to provide their take a better desktop environment.

What incentive would they have to spend time and effort on that? SteamOS and SteamBoxes are meant for the living-room and the desktop isn't a part of that plan, it only exists "just in case."

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