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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by Wafflez on Sat 14th Dec 2013 14:36 UTC
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Allright, my VGA does not work and my audio card does not work (some Asus Xonar model).

And there I was thinking it would take like a year of Valve pushing Linux, then only indie devs jumping the bandwagon and real gaming companies (who release games that are above SNES level and that I would like to play) will continue ignoring. Oh and all that controller fiasco in rare multiplayer game that will get released - you'll open score board, people with 0 kills and 60 deaths will be playing with controller and people with 60 kills and 0 deaths - with mouse and keyboard.

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