Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Valve, now a member of The Linux Foundation, has initiated some ambitions projects: the SteamOS, a Linux operating system optimized for gaming, the Steam Machine, a gaming colsole that will run with SteamOS and the Steam Controller, a game controller specially designed for SteamOS and the Steam Machine. A demo video presenting the updated Steam Controller is available here.
SteamOS, using the Wheezy 7.5 packages as a code base and Kernel 3.10.11, has received enhanced support for the openssl, libvdpau, debootstrap, libdrm, libxfont, tzdata, and libxfont packages, in the beta channel. Also, the XBMC dependencies ( fonts-android, fribidi, heimdal, jasper, jbigkit, jquery, libgsm, lzo2, node-iscroll, python-imaging, sidplay-libs, tbb, and vdpau-video) have been added to the repos.
Also, the system compositor has been updated, the system being capable to recognize many more third party controllers.
To get all these updates on your SteamOS, you have to install the Alchemist_Beta repository and upgrade the system:
$ sudo apt-get install steamos-beta-repo
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
However, if you don’t have SteamOS on your system, but want to try the SteamOS experience without installing Valve’s operating system, you can install the SteamOS session on your Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr or derivative system.