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    Default New SteamOS Beta Has Non-UEFI Support

    Phoronix: New SteamOS Beta Has Non-UEFI Support

    A new SteamOS 1.0 "Alchemist" Beta was made available on Monday night. This latest SteamOS beta has support for installing Valve's Debian-based Linux distribution on non-UEFI systems...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTU3ODM

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    Why would anyone use SteamOS when they can just use Ubuntu (or whatever distro) and install Steam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Слободан View Post
    Why would anyone use SteamOS when they can just use Ubuntu (or whatever distro) and install Steam?
    Because they want an upgradable game console

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    But, from what I know, SteamOS is just another Linux distribution. It doesn't even boot up to Steam, you have to manually run it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Слободан View Post
    But, from what I know, SteamOS is just another Linux distribution. It doesn't even boot up to Steam, you have to manually run it.
    But Valve maintains their own repos to update the runtime, client and drivers etc. With Ubuntu you are stuck with outdated drivers unless you want to copy & paste some PPA bullshit into your terminal.

    Of course it boots straight into Steam BPM. What are you talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Слободан View Post
    But, from what I know, SteamOS is just another Linux distribution. It doesn't even boot up to Steam, you have to manually run it.
    Last I checked, Steam (big picture) started automatically. If you did the Custom install without following the second set of instructions though (last I checked), you'd boot into desktop mode.

    As for why to use it... it would probably be best suited for a HTPC sitting and serving a gaming-oriented purpose mostly that you don't have to worry about breaking out of nowhere due to some non-gaming-related update. You'd turn it on, it'd boot Steam Big Picture, you choose a game, play, and then shut it off when you're done; basically like a console.

    To be fair though, you could just throw something like Ubuntu on a HTPC, have Steam auto-start, and have it start in Big Picture mode for a similar experience; although the chance of it breaking due to an update (although rare) is probably higher.

    I guess it just depends on the usage scenario and how much care you're willing to put into maintaining the machine. If you just want to game without much intervention at all, SteamOS seems great.

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    OK...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Espionage724 View Post
    To be fair though, you could just throw something like Ubuntu on a HTPC, have Steam auto-start, and have it start in Big Picture mode for a similar experience
    Nope since on regular Ubuntu you can't just click the "Update SteamOS" button in BPM and have it update everything from Valves repos in the background. Nobody would want to exit to the desktop just to update the OS everytime on something that's designed for the livingroom. Yes the cool people would just ssh into it from their Android phone jada jada...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Слободан View Post
    But, from what I know, SteamOS is just another Linux distribution. It doesn't even boot up to Steam, you have to manually run it.
    No it's intended only too run Steam in big picture mode, nothing else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Слободан View Post
    It doesn't even boot up to Steam, you have to manually run it.
    Only if you haven't properly finalized the installation.

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