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New SteamOS Beta Has Non-UEFI Support

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Published on 21 January 2014 10:17 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
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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.

The SteamOS non-UEFI / legacy BIOS support is derived from the community's "Ye Olde SteamOSe" distribution fork. With this SteamOS Beta update, dual-boot and custom partitioning are also possible via the SteamOS installer's "expert install" mode.

While there's legacy BIOS support and early dual-boot support, Valve admits it's received little testing and isn't yet ready to be installed on production systems.

More details on this latest SteamOS beta can be found via this SteamCommunity.com announcement.

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