SteamOS Beta Has Received The Debian 7.4 Fixes

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Debian 7.4 “Wheezy” has been released a few days ago. Also worth mentioning, SteamOS is available in two versions, a stable one and a Beta one, the Beta version receiving all the changes which will be eventually added to the stable version.

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SteamOS Beta Has Received The Debian 7.4 Fixes

This is what was added to the SteamOS Beta version, since the release of Debian 7.4:

  • Add additional packages to the repo to support gdb, NFS, and creating an alchemist chroot
  • Preinstall all the firmware packages to enable supporting more wireless network adapters
  • Added steamos-updatelevel dummy package; its version is guaranteed to increase with every new update
  • Updated e2fsprogs, iptables, libdrm, debootstrap, initramfs-tools, curl, libav, eglibc to incorporate upstream Debian fixes

The story so far:

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 of the Steam Controller can be found here.

The first Beta version of SteamOS 1.0 (which has been released in November, 2013) is a customized Debian Wheezy system, running on Kernel 3.10.11, back-porting fresh Nvidia, Catalyst and Mesa binary drivers, uses SysVinit as the system’s default event manager, a personalized GNOME 3.4 as the default desktop environment for the Big Picture mode and Xcompmgr, a lightweight graphics compositor.

While the Nvidia graphics cards were supported by default, Valve has recently patched SteamOS to officially support both Intel and AMD GPUs.


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