Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Dec 2013 00:14 UTC
Games

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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RE: Keeping my hopes up....
by WereCatf on Sat 14th Dec 2013 13:59 UTC in reply to "Keeping my hopes up...."
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Well, I know that it is far fetched, but I was hoping that Valve had made an effort to optimize the Linux desktop GUI with the same eyecandy elements found in the Steam client / Big Picture, so as to provide their take a better desktop environment.


What incentive would they have to spend time and effort on that? SteamOS and SteamBoxes are meant for the living-room and the desktop isn't a part of that plan, it only exists "just in case."

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RE[2]: Keeping my hopes up....
by tomchr on Sat 14th Dec 2013 14:25 in reply to "RE: Keeping my hopes up...."
tomchr Member since:
2009-02-01

What incentive would they have to spend time and effort on that? SteamOS and SteamBoxes are meant for the living-room and the desktop isn't a part of that plan, it only exists "just in case."


There is the pretty obvious incentive to make the Linux desktop platform a perceptively more user friendly alternative, thereby gaining traction among as many developers as possible.

I do not believe that Valve is betting the farm on living-room SteamBoxes alone. The Steam distribution model has much more potential than gaming alone.

This is only the beginning...

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RE[2]: Keeping my hopes up....
by oiaohm on Sun 15th Dec 2013 23:23 in reply to "RE: Keeping my hopes up...."
oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

What incentive would they have to spend time and effort on that? SteamOS and SteamBoxes are meant for the living-room and the desktop isn't a part of that plan, it only exists "just in case."


We don't know where steambox is fully going yet. Please remember steam does host some desktop applications. Yes the majority of steam is games but its not 100 percent games.

I would not say Gnome is there as a just in case. Its there to allow for the possibly. Valve will not put a huge effort into it until demand is shown.

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allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

"What incentive would they have to spend time and effort on that? SteamOS and SteamBoxes are meant for the living-room and the desktop isn't a part of that plan, it only exists "just in case."


We don't know where steambox is fully going yet. Please remember steam does host some desktop applications. Yes the majority of steam is games but its not 100 percent games.

I would not say Gnome is there as a just in case. Its there to allow for the possibly. Valve will not put a huge effort into it until demand is shown.
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PLEASE no Gnome Shell...

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