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    Phoronix: Valve Releases New SteamOS Beta With Updated Drivers

    Just one week after doing the first public beta release of SteamOS, Valve Software has released the second beta public ISO image. This new release has various package updates and fixes, including graphics driver work...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTU1MDU

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    Glad to hear they are working on the AMD driver also. The performance vs Windows in DOTA 2 is horrendous on my 7660D

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    • #3
      AMD driver issues. What a surprise.

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      • #4
        and what about the kernel configuration?

        Phoronix tests showed the actual Steam OS kernel configuration was slower than the Ubuntu one

        As Phoronix benchmarked, real time is not the issue here because it does not affect the actual game tests

        So I suposse there are other flags that should be changed or copied from Ubuntu - or other better kernels not tested here - Manjaro, Arch and one Arch alternative I did read about would be good to be tested here.

        In fact, a Ubuntu based 6 months cycle benchmark with Debian, Fedora, SUSE,Arch,Manjaro, Gentoo,Sabayon, and Slackware,with more or less the same version of the kernel would be a great benchmark even more if some alternative trend kernels and real time ones are added to the mix

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        • #5
          Bah-Humbug

          To be honest, is there really any point to SteamOS over any Linux distro with Steam anymore?. I really can't see one unless you are buying a pre-built Steam Box which I seriously doubt many will do considering the price and minimal entertainment value. We Linux users get so much news about new things coming that turn out to be over-hyped bologna. You get more from your Linux distro with Steam.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mike Frett View Post
            To be honest, is there really any point to SteamOS over any Linux distro with Steam anymore?. I really can't see one unless you are buying a pre-built Steam Box which I seriously doubt many will do considering the price and minimal entertainment value. We Linux users get so much news about new things coming that turn out to be over-hyped bologna. You get more from your Linux distro with Steam.
            SteamOS was never intended to replace your Windows Desktop or your Linux Desktop. SteamOSs intention is to get a larger Linux install base by having something that you can ship on hardware and provides are good target platform for developers.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mike Frett View Post
              To be honest, is there really any point to SteamOS over any Linux distro with Steam anymore?. I really can't see one unless you are buying a pre-built Steam Box which I seriously doubt many will do considering the price and minimal entertainment value. We Linux users get so much news about new things coming that turn out to be over-hyped bologna. You get more from your Linux distro with Steam.
              I think it's just your own mind that is overhyping everything. SteamOS is what it is and was always stated to be: a custom Linux OS that boots into Steam Big Picture Mode that ships with a custom kernel optimized for realtime latency which is ideal for gaming. I have no idea what else it could be. It's SteamOS after all, much like XBMCbuntu.

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              • #8
                Hi,
                can anyone please tell me why graphics cards ship with audio (chips)?

                I mean any MB has built in audio (surround 5.1+)..
                A link to an article on this would be great.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mike Frett View Post
                  To be honest, is there really any point to SteamOS over any Linux distro with Steam anymore?. I really can't see one unless you are buying a pre-built Steam Box which I seriously doubt many will do considering the price and minimal entertainment value. We Linux users get so much news about new things coming that turn out to be over-hyped bologna. You get more from your Linux distro with Steam.
                  SteamOS is not for Linux geeks. It's for everyone else -- gamers and developers alike. It will benefit Linux geeks by being the standard distro for Linux gaming, bringing new games, better drivers, better support, and an even better face. And on top of that, if it's successfull, it will help further sediment Linux as the foundation on which most of modern computers (mobile devices, servers, gaming consoles, wearables, robots, etc.) is built.

                  Seriously, it looks like Linux is on its way to becoming a tangible cultural heritage, being used by everyone for everything. Just give it a few years. This is very exciting.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mike Frett View Post
                    To be honest, is there really any point to SteamOS over any Linux distro with Steam anymore?. I really can't see one unless you are buying a pre-built Steam Box which I seriously doubt many will do considering the price and minimal entertainment value. We Linux users get so much news about new things coming that turn out to be over-hyped bologna. You get more from your Linux distro with Steam.
                    and if you checked out what SteamOS is from the start... was there ever?

                    i was downright sad when i learned it ships with desktop included. seeing how it is implemented, calmed me down completely. i can still easily reproduce console feeling with SteamOS (and never, ever see desktop) and that was the only thing i ever expected from it. no need for next-Gen console and their overpriced games=win in my book

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mark45 View Post
                      Hi,
                      can anyone please tell me why graphics cards ship with audio (chips)?

                      I mean any MB has built in audio (surround 5.1+)..
                      A link to an article on this would be great.
                      Because it's the easiest way to get audio *and* video through an HDMI/DisplayPort cable

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mark45 View Post
                        Hi,
                        can anyone please tell me why graphics cards ship with audio (chips)?

                        I mean any MB has built in audio (surround 5.1+)..
                        A link to an article on this would be great.
                        Because HDMI and Displayport also transfer audio, has part of their most common task.

                        EDIT: Ninjaed.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mike Frett View Post
                          To be honest, is there really any point to SteamOS over any Linux distro with Steam anymore?. I really can't see one unless you are buying a pre-built Steam Box which I seriously doubt many will do considering the price and minimal entertainment value. We Linux users get so much news about new things coming that turn out to be over-hyped bologna. You get more from your Linux distro with Steam.
                          The point was never to get you to switch from PC.. that would be bad for Valve. The point is to get console players to switch to PC (since consoles are essentially just limited PCs now anyways). All Valve is doing is moving Steam to Linux so they can create a free-to-distribute Steam Client which OEMs can use to move physical units. They're just the first company to attempt Android's successful marketing strategy with consoles and PCs.

                          I think it's excellent that it's "just another [debian] distro". That means and Linux PC is essentially a Steam Machines "DevKit". And I hope they keep the Desktop mode too. It's disabled by default, so you wont accidentally end up in Linux Land, but it's available to you if want to set your box on a desk and use it as a PC. Don't need to be tech-savvy to enable it either, which is great for kids, students, and developers alike. Though it wouldn't be the biggest deal if it disappeared in the future.

                          Ultimately there's a lot more involved to success or failure of the Steam Machine, but it's business model looks pretty solid from here. If there's one "change" to appreciate in any corporation, it's embracing open-source in a way that benefits the larger community. So so far, i'm loving Valve's decisions.

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