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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Works well
by Xaero_Vincent on Mon 16th Dec 2013 09:08 UTC
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This SteamOS beta is a bit rough around the edges but after tackling with it a little to get 3D acceleration and sound to work, it runs pretty well in a VM.

Its understood that SteamOS will be a HTPC OS with LAN game streaming but hopefully Valve decides to leave the "desktop mode" intact in future releases because its perfectly capable of being a full-featured desktop operating system.

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