Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, SteamOS has received a new Beta update, not long after it has been patched to work with both Intel and AMD graphics cards.
To keep SteamOS up to date, you have to install the SteamOS Beta Repo:
$ sudo apt-get install steamos-beta-repo
Among others, Valve has optimized the SteamOS to get better CPU and GPU usage while games are played in Big Picture, the two cursor issue when the game was started has been fixed, a bunch of fixes for the AMD graphics have been implemented and a few fixes for Debian’s apt have been also introduced. For more information, see the announcement.
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.