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[2]: Working just with Nvidia
by moondevil on Sat 14th Dec 2013 14:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Working just with Nvidia"
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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.

Because anyone serious about 3D programming knows how Intel OpenGL drivers suck and they still seem not to care that much about improving them.

They are good enough for accelerated 2D, now in what concerns OpenGL compliance and performance, there is still lots of things to fix.

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