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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Comment by Gregory Isaacs
by Gregory Isaacs on Sat 14th Dec 2013 19:03 UTC
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I downloaded the beta today. You need UEFI enabled in your BIOS to get the USB drive to boot. The installer will wipe your entire disk without leaving the choice to choose a partion or create other ones for different distros. So no dual booting from one disk here. After booting you can choose between an automatic or custom installation. The custom one will not work so you are left to the automatic one which fails later on during the installation process. A lot of work needs to be done here but they announced that this beta is a bit rough ;) .

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