Last month there were many surprised that Valve based their Linux distribution off Debian rather than Ubuntu for Linux gaming. There was some speculation why Valve went with Debian, but Gabe Newell has now confirmed the reasoning for not basing their operating system off Ubuntu.
As it announced earlier this week, Valve shipped its 300 Steam Machine prototypes to its randomly selected beta testers late today. That announcement was accompanied by the first public release of SteamOS, the currently-in-beta Linux-based operating system that will power Valve's new gaming-PCs-turned-consoles.
Last week it was made public that the Linux-based SteamOS-powered Steam Machines console will use Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs in the living room prototypes shipping this calendar year. Now there's a bit more on Valve's relationship with NVIDIA.
Nvidia explained the extent of its involvement in Valve's SteamOS project and has outlined its expectations from the new operating system. Valve has just published some of the preliminary hardware configurations for the upcoming Steam Machines, which will be running the SteamOS Linux-based operating system. ... (read more)
Valve just revealed its third announcement of the week! After announcing the Linux-based SteamOS, then the SteamOS-powered Steam Machines game console, the Bellevue-based company just unveiled their own controller / gamepad!.
People who were hoping to use the new SteamOS from Valve as a normal Linux distribution will be disappointed, as it has none of the normal features available in today’s operating system. Soon after Valve announced its Linux-based SteamOS, people wondered whether they would be able to run it just like any other operating system. The answer is no, or at least not in the foreseeable future.