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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I would. At least in the foreseeable future, the Steam Machine competes against PC-in-the-living-room setups more than it competes against consoles. As it is, it looks to compete quite well against living room PCs. Lock it down, it will compete miserably against living room PCs without offering anything new to compete against console systems.

Plus, the outrage against Sony for killing the Other OS feature was quite large despite it only affecting a really small portion of their user base.

Valve seems to actually have honest respect for their user base, and that respect seems to be a part of their business model.

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