Hello Linux Geeksters. While it was recently patched to work on dual-boot, even on non-UEFI computers, supporting both AMD and Intel GPUs, SteamOS has been recently updated yet again.
Among others, the debian-installer and debian-cd packages have been added to the SteamOS repository, a fix for the Logitech K400 wireless keyboard has been implemented, the mouse cursor disappearing issue in Wargame has been eliminated, got Debian GRUB updates, fixed a bunch of WiFi on Brix Pro boxes issues and the dynamic module is loaded for hotplugging USB sound devices. For more information, see the official announcement.
Also, the Steam developers have decided to repay the Debian community, for adopting Debian as the base for their SteamOS. The Debian developers got free subscriptions to all the past and future Valve games.
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.