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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Need help
by Xaero_Vincent on Sun 15th Dec 2013 04:29 UTC
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Anyone have any success getting SteamOS to boot properly in VirtualBox?

I got it installed but after selecting to boot from Grub, it just boots into a blank screen and just stalls there. I can boot into the console rescue mode, however and access apt and dpkg.

Any ideas?

Hopefully I can get the Gnome desktop working and install Wine, so that the Windows steam and other apps can be installed on SteamOS too.

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