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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Good news but...
by dennisma on Sat 14th Dec 2013 16:01 UTC
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I like Steam. Heck I love Steam. But even for the PC they don't have all the games I want and I need to go the EA Origin route on occasion (though I try not to).

So given they don't even have all the titles I want for the Wintel side of the house, I am a bit concerned how this will fare going forward.

I like that they have future plans for Wintel game streaming (I assume it will be akin to the nVidia Shield streaming). That will certainly relieve a good deal of my concern when (and if) it arrives.

I know many here love the idea this is Linux based. I don't care as much except I like the idea the platform will be more open.

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