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What's Your Hopes From Valve's SteamOS?

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Published on 24 September 2013 10:10 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve
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As most Phoronix readers are now aware, the first countdown timer is now complete for Valve's SteamBox-related news. The first drop was about SteamOS, their own Linux distribution that's highly optimized for gaming.

SteamOS is designed for TVs and living room deployments and is slated to be "the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines."

Besides having "thousands of games", SteamOS will have "significant performance increases in graphics processing" and they are working on audio performance and input latency reductions too. Valve is investing heavily in their Linux work as I've made mention of numerous times now on Phoronix.

Though what's your hopes from SteamOS? High performance open-source GPU drivers? A binary blob-free kernel land? Btrfs by default? The BFS scheduler by default given the gaming system target? Share your thoughts and hopes for SteamOS in the comment thread below.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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