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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Corporations are just groups of people and trusting corporations is approximately the same as trusting people.

Not quite. With most large corporations the stockholders are the people in charge and stockholders generally buy the damn stocks only for one purpose -- to make money. That makes them an untrustworthy bunch from the get-go.

Now, contrast the above with privately-owned companies like e.g. Valve; there's a single person or only a few who are at charge and who can steer the ship any direction they want. They don't need to steer the ship solely with profit-generation in mind if they don't wish to and can instead pursue things based on their own, personal morals, ethics and goals in mind. Gabe Newell is an idealist, he still refuses to list his company, he insists on holding the reins and doing what he deems right, and that's quite a different path for the whole company to operate on.

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