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DistroWatch.com: SteamOS


Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 UTC

SteamOS is a Debian-based Linux distribution designed to run Valve's Steam and Steam games. It also provides a desktop mode (GNOME) which can run regular Linux applications. In addition to a stable Debian base, SteamOS features various third-party drivers and updated graphics stack, a newer Linux kernel with long-term support, and a custom graphics compositor designed to provide a seamless transition between Steam, its games and the SteamOS system overlay. The base operating system is open-source software, but the Steam client is proprietary.

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Average visitor rating: 7/10 from 6 review(s).

SteamOS Summary
Distribution SteamOS
Home Page http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse/discussions/1/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation FAQInstallation Instructions
Screenshots --
Download Mirrors http://repo.steampowered.com/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 1.0 Beta: Linux UserDedoimedoPC AuthorityTechgage
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2015-06-26: Development Release: SteamOS 2.0 Preview
 • 2015-01-15: Development Release: SteamOS 1.0 Beta Update 153
 • 2014-10-23: Development Release: SteamOS 1.0 Beta Update 145
 • 2014-05-09: Development Release: SteamOS 1.0 Beta Update 105
 • 2013-12-14: Development Release: SteamOS 1.0 Beta
 • More SteamOS releases...

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Feature 2.121
Release Date 2017-08-02
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 1500-1500
Free Download ISO
Installation Text mode
Default Desktop GNOME
Package Management DEB
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems  
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List 2.121
Package 2.121
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib ( 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4.12) 4.3
bind (9.11.2) --
chromium (62.0.3202.62) --
cups (2.2.5) --
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.42.12
firefox (56.0.1) 38.8.0
freetype (2.8.1) 2.5.2
gcc (7.2.0) 4.9.2
gimp (2.8.22) --
glibc (2.26) 2.19
gnome-shell (3.26.1) 3.14.4
gnucash (2.6.18-1) --
gnumeric (1.12.35) --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.24) 3.14.5
httpd (2.4.28) --
inkscape (0.92.2) --
k3b (17.08.2) --
kmod (24) 18
libgnome (2.32.1) --
libreoffice (5.4.2) --
linux (4.13.9) 4.11.12
Package 2.121
lxde-common (0.99.2) --
mariadb (10.2.9) --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) --
mesa (17.2.3) 17.1.2
mysql (5.7.20) --
nautilus (3.26.0) 3.14.1
NVIDIA (384.90) 381.22
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (8u151) --
openssh (7.6p1) 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.1t
perl (5.26.1) 5.20.2
php (7.1.10) --
plasma-desktop (5.11.1) --
postfix (3.2.3) --
postgresql (10.0) --
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.9
qt (5.9.2) 4.8.6
samba (4.7.0) --
systemd (235) 215
thunderbird (52.4.0) --
vim (8.0) 7.4
vlc (2.2.6) --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.16.4

Reader Ratings
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Version: 2.121
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-08-29
Votes: 3

for a user friendly, streamlined console experience SteamOS is great. I've replaced my Xbox with a Steam box and am very happy with the results.

My one problem is that many packages are not released for SteamOS. There are some workarounds and unofficial repositories that build Debian packages for SteamOs, but the operating system is not as easy to find packages for as the major Linux distributions: Debian and Ubuntu.

That said, I'm a Linux noob and my first Linux machine ever is SteamOS. Experts may feel differently.

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Version: 2.0-preview
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-08
Votes: 1

Built on Debian means a Stable system which works very well !

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Version: 2.0-preview
Rating: 2
Date: 2017-06-03
Votes: 8

Crashed during first bootup after install. After rebooting 5 times it finally loaded.

It's slow, unresponsive, and yet somehow manages to be hypersensitive.

Only bottom of the barrel games that you wouldn't want to play are available.

Every game preempts its loading with a graphics configuration page that does not allow mouse interaction, and actually only allows the mouse cursor to travel over only 2/3rds of the screen area, despite being fine on previous, and later screens (if you can get to one). So that leaves keyboard navigation as the only effective means of applying graphic resolution settings to each title...but the keyboard is mysteriously not recognized half the time either.

When you finally bite the bullet, and decide to try some god awful indy title nobody else has ever heard of, and you get lucky enough to get past the just weird clunkiness that abounds, game play is hardly satisfactory as performance is far worse than in Windows on the same machine....and you wont have any sound either.

I could find no mention of supported audio chipsets and no way to install or change audio drivers.

I like the concept, but thats about it. Poorly Executed.

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