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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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.

You say that, but IMHO this only makes them easier to understand. Stockholders are people too. They're only untrustworthy if you're trusting them to do something that is inconsistent with their primary motivation of making money. Someone may have an aversion to profit-centric organizations, but this is different from being untrustworthy. Their expectations just need to be adjusted accordingly.

Edited 2013-12-16 21:13 UTC

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