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Valve's SteamOS Now Ready to Download

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The SteamOS beta is ready to download.

As promised, SteamOS is now locked and loaded for your downloading pleasure. Downloaders are encouraged to use a download manager, as there are reports of downloads dying randomly. Here are the links:

According to the FAQ, SteamOS is a fork of Debian GNU/Linux. The first version (SteamOS 1.0) is called 'alchemist' and it is based on the Debian 'wheezy' (stable 7.1) distribution. Here are the system requirements:

  • Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
  • 4 GB or more memory
  • 500 GB or larger disk
  • Nvidia graphics card (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon)
  • UEFI boot support
  • USB port for installation

The FAQ also shows that users can get to the SteamOS desktop by enabling it in the Steam Settings menu. Select Settings (the gear icon in the top right) then select Interface and check the "Enable access to the Linux desktop" box. Now the Exit button will have an additional option, "Return to Desktop" that will switch to the SteamOS desktop.

"We will push out security fixes and critical bugfixes as soon as we are comfortable shipping them," reads the FAQ. "The beta update channel will receive regular fixes and improvements on a daily or weekly basis and every few months we will roll up these updates into the released channel. We are just starting to evaluate what the best process is and the release cadence might vary in the future."

Currently SteamOS is in beta, so those without Linux knowledge may want to wait until next year for a more polished version.

If you want to wait for the final hardware, we'll see it all in January at CES. So far we've seen two Steam Machines:

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    LORD_ORION , December 13, 2013 4:46 PM
    It this trusted? I see no official announcement.
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    Bones1885 , December 13, 2013 4:50 PM
    Links don't work.
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    vmem , December 13, 2013 4:53 PM
    at least, the revolution begins
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    LORD_ORION , December 13, 2013 4:55 PM
    Ahh I see, you linked SteamOS to the repository

    You should link Steam OS here
    http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/buildyourown

    Please delete posts after making the suggested change
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    DarkSable , December 13, 2013 5:40 PM
    500GB hard drive? You've got to be kidding. This thing's point is that it can go on a tiny little SSD and stream from your main computer.

    That better be recommended not required.
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    clonazepam , December 13, 2013 5:43 PM
    The new consoles have 500 GB of storage. I'm sure they put it there for marketing reasons.
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    The Indomitable , December 13, 2013 6:02 PM
    Nvidia only? aw
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    Geef , December 13, 2013 6:26 PM
    I am looking forward to reviews of the OS and what it really does. :) 
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    hoofhearted , December 13, 2013 8:01 PM
    I want a link to the game list before I expel this effort.
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    DarkSable , December 13, 2013 8:05 PM
    Quote:
    I want a link to the game list before I expel this effort.


    Go to the main steam store page, put your mouse over games, click on linux.
    ...or is that too much effort?

    Also remember that when this thing isn't a BETA operating system anymore, it will support streaming, so you can play every single game on steam if you have another computer running it.
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    randomizer , December 13, 2013 8:23 PM
    People should use http://repo.steampowered.com rather than http://repo.steamstatic.com. The former uses a load balanced CDN, while the latter does not.
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    Darkk , December 13, 2013 8:34 PM
    UEFI support required? I guess it'll be awhile before I can try this out.
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    dotaloc , December 13, 2013 8:43 PM
    No way uefi or 500gb are hard requirements...I don't buy it. I'm tempted to try on my and machine, too.
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    randomizer , December 13, 2013 8:48 PM
    Quote:
    No way uefi or 500gb are hard requirements...I don't buy it. I'm tempted to try on my and machine, too.


    If you don't care about any of your data go ahead. The installer wipes everything and sets up its own partition scheme.
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    tomfreak , December 13, 2013 8:55 PM
    better off install the real Linux instead.
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    DarkSable , December 13, 2013 9:24 PM
    Quote:
    No way uefi or 500gb are hard requirements...I don't buy it. I'm tempted to try on my and machine, too.


    Guys... (this goes to everyone)

    You have to bear in mind something that the title of this news article conveniently shunts to the sub-text.

    This isn't SteamOS. This is the BETA of steam OS. It really wouldn't surprise me that it's got this many issues... I mean, just look at what form they're providing it in - a disk image of a 1TB drive? Come on!

    This is not indicative of the final release. As Valve has said, this is for those of us who know linux well and want to play with a beta that's actually in beta, rather than a "polishing pre-release," and help them out.

    I personally, having not delved into linux that much, will be waiting for the official release. But... that's because I know what I would be getting into with this. Don't complain about it until you realize what they're giving us - an intellectual toy for those who want to play with it.
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    JOSHSKORN , December 13, 2013 10:05 PM
    I won't be getting it. My computer is too old and doesn't even have UEFI. Still have BIOS. ;(
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    AJSB , December 14, 2013 3:02 AM
    500GB is not mandatory...it's the size recomended taking in acount OS instalation and the predictable instalation of a bunch of games, movies, etc. that you might want.

    It's like there is a minimum size for HDD that comes with a XBone or PS4....


    As for the "1TB" demand, i believe that there is a typo there but i'm not sure....the .zip is little more than 2GB and no matter how much is compressed it can not expand to 1TB, not to mention that 1TB demand contradicts the 500GB recomendation.

    Oone of the possible explanations for the 1TB is that SteamOS seems to include a recovery option , if something goes wrong, that will recover everything , including games, in the HDD....so , it's a kinda mirroring software that mirrors the 500GB minimum recomendation and so, we got to 1TB.

    However, i bet you can install this in a 320GB HDD and even with mirroring option, you get 160GB.

    At 1st mirroring is a waste of HDD space but then again, it will make it so easy to recover for something catastrofic happening to your instalation.

    Another thing is that Steam says that only NVIDIA is supported and indeed, NVIDIA video drivers are the best right *now* under GNU/LINUX and it will take some time, maybe some months, to AMD be on par with NVIDIA under GNU/LINUX.

    However, FWIW, SteamOS image already includes AMD Catalyst and Intel video drivers.
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    AJSB , December 14, 2013 3:29 AM
    UPDATE:

    It's possible to install SteamOS WITHOUT UEFI:
    http://www.reddit.com/r/SteamOS/comments/1su4t1/uefi_requirement_with_steamos/
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    ZolaIII , December 14, 2013 3:53 AM
    Hardware recommendations are baaed on actual game & not Linux requirements (storage space for games & memory). This is a full Linux & you obviously can use it as one. Reason for primary support for Nv gpus are drivers as AMDs & Intel's are not in good shape at the moment & besides Intel hasn't have a gpu for serious gaming.
    The actual recommendation on the long run with current games that are market available (on PC considering all OSis) is: 1TB HDD, 8 GB of RAM, Nv 760 gpu (or equivalent AMD [7950 boost] on Windows & hopefully on Linux soon) & a fast in off CPU.
    So that you rearly can game in peace & comfort.
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