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Valve Set To Debut SteamOS Linux Today

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Published on 13 December 2013 01:56 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve
15 Comments

If all goes according to plan, Valve will be making publicly available their Linux-based SteamOS platform in a matter of hours.

As shared earlier this week, Valve is shipping out their initial 300 Steam Machines prototypes today and they will also be making available the first public images of SteamOS, their Linux distribution focused on gaming and is what is powering the Steam Machines gaming consoles.

Valve's post earlier this week said, "unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already, we’re going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out." Of course though, I'll be sharing plenty of details as soon as it's publicly available today. I've been looking forward to the Steam Linux distribution ever since Gabe Newell and I talked about it in early 2012.

Valve Set To Debut SteamOS Linux Today
From the Phoronix Linux beer delivery to Valve Software last year. It paid off.

Before anyone gets too excited, SteamOS is a Linux distribution focused just around running the Steam Linux client. SteamOS isn't designed to take Ubuntu Linux or other desktop distributions head-on; they're designed for completely different use-cases. This first-cut SteamOS release is also going to be very rudimentary.

However, with all of that said, what would you like to see tested first of all with SteamOS? I'm on an expedited time-frame for conducting the first SteamOS tests since I'll be leaving for Russia on Monday for four weeks. From Friday through Monday morning I'll be working on SteamOS testing, namely any of the tests that require hardware swapping. Persistent hardware tests and software tests can easily be done remotely on SteamOS via the Phoronix Test Suite with OpenBenchmarking.org and Phoromatic.

Valve Set To Debut SteamOS Linux Today
Valve's Linux plans have certainly come a long way since I began exclusively reporting on their growing Linux interest and development activities, at the disbelief to many initially...

Please share your SteamOS desires and test requests via the comments link to this article or via @MichaelLarabel on Twitter. I'll get as much SteamOS Linux testing done this weekend as possible and the rest remotely. The SteamOS tests are on top of quite a number of other interesting articles while I'm working on key developments for Phoronix Test Suite 5.0.

About The Author
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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