Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Valve has updated its SteamOS Beta “Alchemist” branch yet again, adding security enhancements. They are working hard, in order to make SteamOS as stable as possible, to provide the perfect gaming environment and conquer your living room.
Among others, SteamOS update 145 brings a major update for the OpenSSL package has been implemented, a new p7zip package has been added to the repositories, and the plymouth package has been implemented again.
For those who don’t know yet, 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.
Unlike other operating systems, SteamOS is designed to run Steam and the Steam games, so it does not have all the features of a normal Linux systems. Being based on Debian Wheezy, the SteamOS users can install software via either the Debian repos and third party ones, because the Valve repos do not provide a big number of packages.
Also worth mentioning, the SteamOS is not available as LiveCD, so you have to download and install it, in order to give it a try.