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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They took a Debian (stable branch) O.S., customized and improved the graphic stack by working with nVidia and AMD then currently working ( audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level. [sic]) see

And you call this a minor staff/minor changes?

Until I see something that amazes me, I'm not going to be amazed. And btw, not a single Linux dev I know (and I know many) has commented about being impressed -- it appears only to be Linux users who desperately want Linux gaming to become remotely serious who seem to fall into that category.

I mean, without a game developer experience at this caliber(HALF LIFE), you cannot do what Valve did to their Debian based O.S. Clement Lefebvre cannot replicate Valve's works, although he is free to customized now the SteamOS to be the based of the next Mint release. SteamOS though will look like another Linux-distro on the block, but it is not something you can find at the basement. like any other distro out there. I'm tired of seeing new distro popping out in existence with the same features that you can find in every distro all over again.

Valve is not doing anything that couldn't be done by others. They simply have a desire to do it and are willing to commit their resources. If you're a Linux user, you should know by now that most of what's missing or broken hasn't been added or fixed because of lack of interest/motivation by the people with the necessary skills to do it. The most common response I see when people inquire is, "feel free to do it yourself and submit the patches". In other words, `do it yourself because I don't care enough to bother`. That's not a guess, I've seen that type of response from several devs. They're also quick to point out that you could always pay to have <X> done. Afterall, people who `work for free` tend to worry about what affects/interests them so why would they waste their efforts trying to satisfy `you`?

It shouldn't come as any surprise that the biggest leaps Linux experiences come via money changing hands or some special interest w/company resources to throw at it.

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