Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Dec 2013 23:43 UTC
Games

SteamOS will be made available when the prototype hardware ships. It will be downloadable by individual users and commercial OEMs. (But unless you're an intrepid Linux hacker already, we're going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out.) We'll post info soon about that. Oh, and stay tuned for the in-home streaming beta to begin soon, too!

The first moment of truth for Valve.

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Probably a new distro, not Ubuntu-based
by xfce_fanboy on Thu 12th Dec 2013 21:02 UTC
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2013-04-09

When Steam OS was first announced it seemed like it would be an Ubuntu-based distro. Given that Valve is now warning that the first release will be for hackers-only, it sounds like they've instead built a new Linux distro tailored for gaming performance. Given the low-overhead of distros like Debian, it may have been wiser to go with an existing ditro as a base instead. Nonetheless I'm looking forward to the first Steam OS beta!

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xfce_fanboy Member since:
2013-04-09

Valve reveals that Steam OS is Debian-based after all, with 3rd party drivers and an upstream kernel (plus other goodies.) Excellent choice! Shows that they want a gaming-focused distro without wanting to spend too many resources on maintaining the distro.

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