Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 17:29 UTC

As we've been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we've come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.

Valve goes beyond just building a Linux distribution and grafting Steam on top of it. They are actually working very closely with hardware manufacturers and game developers, which has already resulted in graphics performance improvements. They are also working on reducing input latency as well as audio performance. In other words, they are very serious about upending Windows as the default PC gaming operating system.

In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we're now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases.

Valve also unveiled that it's working with the major game developers so that triple-A titles will be natively available on SteamOS. As for your existing Windows games - SteamOS will support game streaming from your existing PC so you can play them on your SteamOS machine in the living room (or anywhere else, of course). 'Hundreds of great games' are already available natively on Linux through Steam, too.

This is just the first in a series of three announcements, and it stands to reason that the second one will be a dedicated SteamOS machine from Valve. The third announcement? Well. It's got a three in it, so Half-Life 3 is pretty much confirmed.

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by chithanh on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 18:36 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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Android is a Linux distribution. It is not GNU/Linux though, and quite different from desktop distributions.

About SteamOS, Phoronix speculates that it will be based on Ubuntu Core.

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by Hiev on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 18:48 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Android is a Linux distribution.


Distributions based in other distribution are quite common in the Linux world.

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by Drumhellar on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 19:51 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Android is Linux kernel + Dalvik + Android APIs. The least important component of that stack is the Linux kernel - it could easily be replaced by any other POSIX kernel and still be Android.

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by Hiev on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 20:03 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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O.K. mister smart ass, let me be more specific, just for you.

I hope is not based on the Android versiĆ³n of Linux.

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by oiaohm on Tue 24th Sep 2013 00:18 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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Android is Linux kernel + Dalvik + Android APIs. The least important component of that stack is the Linux kernel - it could easily be replaced by any other POSIX kernel and still be Android.

Not so. Android is dependant on items that are not Posix from the kernel level.Suspend blockers or the final form of wakelocks is require for power effectiveness.

Blackberry has tried todo exactly what you described Drumhellar with qnx Yes qnx is a Posix OS. Yes there are Android/Linux particular things at the kernel level under android that you require so stuff works.

Least important component is not exactly true. Kernel working right is key to how long battery lasts. User not seeing it does not remove its importance.

Yes Google has been willing to work with upstream to get the best power management solution they can.

Could the Linux kernel be replaced in Android yes. Will that replacement be easy todo the answer is no its not. If it was easy we would have qnx based android from blackberry that works well. Some android applications talk to the /dev directory and other interface directories straight to the Linux kernel.

Remove Linux kernel you have to emulate it to have all Android applications work. Blackberry android support some applications just don't run and will never run due to not good enough Linux kernel interface emulation.

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