Update Your SteamOS System Via The Alchemist Beta Repository

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Valve has released the first Beta version of SteamOS last week. Now, the Steam developers have also created the alchemist_beta repository, enabling all the SteamOS users to easily upgrade their system.

Update Your SteamOS System Via The Alchemist Beta Repository

For now, SteamOS has only two repositories available, “alchimist” and “alchemist_beta”, the second being the one that gets all the latest fixes and improvements.

So, in order to make your SteamOS take its updates from the beta repo, install the alchemist_beta repository, with the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install steamos-beta-repo

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 of the Steam Controller can be found here.

The first Beta version of SteamOS 1.0 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.

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