Hello Linux Geeksters. Both the SteamOS stable and beta versions have been updated by Valve. First, the new features are implemented in the beta versions and it gets imported to the stable images, after enough tests have been performed.
Now, both SteamOS stable and SteamOS beta images are identical, due to the fact that all the changes from Beta have been moved to Stable. Among others, SteamOS got improvements for the Steam Machines, got a critical bug fix for APT, some issues with Gigabyte Brix systems, support for the Gygabyte Brix bluetooth driver has been added. For more information about the changes implemented, see the release notes.
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.
Recently, Valve has updated the description of SteamOS, changing it from “Debian based” to “Debian fork”.