SteamOS beta begins
Valve's SteamOS beta is now available for download.
The Linux-based operating system that focuses mainly on games is part of Valve's focus on living room computing and is featured in all Steam Machines. It is based from the Debian “wheezy” variant of Debian 7 distribution, and its current state – SteamOS 1.0 – is called “alchemist.” It supports only NVIDIA graphics cards at the moment, but future updates promise to make AMD and Intel cards compatible.
Installing the operating system will completely empty out a drive, according to Valve's FAQ page. It is installed using either an application called CloneZilla or through the Debian installer.
See below for a full list of requirements for the current version of SteamOS:
- Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
4GB or more memory
500GB or larger disk
NVIDIA graphics card (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon)
UEFI boot support
USB port for installation
Valve said the company moved from supporting Ubuntu to supporting Debian to provide a fully customized product.
Valve SteamOS FAQ also reminds users that SteamOS will not run Windows-based applications and is not intended to replace Windows. The Linux savvy won't be deterred by this thanks to a little gem called Wine.
Those who wish to read the full FAQ can check it out here.