I just found this on twitter: http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/04/v...=rss_truncated ( https://twitter.com/linuxfoundation/...408320/photo/1 ).
"SteamOS looks and acts like Big Picture Mode, except it's the basis for the entire hardware system"
"the only interactive layer is all Steam."
"SteamOS is not the replacement for Windows 8 you've been waiting for."
"I asked how I'd view such shots from within SteamOS -- the answer is that there's no real way to do so, as there's no file browsing system or image viewing application."
I knew that they wanted others to produce SteamMachines, too, but that article was the first time I heard they don't want to produce their own. Must have missed that announcement.As far as Valve not creating their own hardware, that has been known for a while. It's no secret that they were going to let 3rd parties create SteamMachines.
Seriously, this is all at an early stage and of course the first thing they will do is getting their stuff together when it comes to the Steam environment and playing games. Extending the system with other software than from the Steam shop will likely be an afterthought.