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Steam OS is now available for Download

  1. #1

    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)

    Steam OS is now available for Download

    At present I am in the download mode for the new Steam OS. it is 959mb file (zipped). Will attempt to run in a VM later. . .good luck to you if you decide to try it out. . . . . .Link

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  2. #2

    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    At present I am in the download mode for the new Steam OS. it is 959mb file (zipped). Will attempt to run in a VM later. . .good luck to you if you decide to try it out. . . . . .Link
    Hmmm...... looks great! I needed something to do tonight! Thanks for sharing!
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  3. #3

    Davao City
    Posts : 54
    Windows 8.1 Pro With Media Center

    I'll wait for your reviews. I'm currently using my wife's computer since mine is in "bleed mode for air bubbles".
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  4. #4

    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit

    Remember Windows PC fans, this is a Linux based operating system.

    SteamOS is a gaming platform as well as a full PC desktop operating system

    (It will even run office suites and tons of Microsoft windows software through wine)

    Here is a video of SteamOS running in a virtual machine. Spatry's Cup of Linux shows off Steam OS. Review ::: Steam OS - Desktop Ready! - YouTube

    Hopefully better videos will be around soon. Of course you can install this into a new partition and dual boot between Windows so you wont have to run it in a virtual machine.

    I might try this. Did you know.. Steam has lots of great free games, so anyone can try SteamOS out ! You can register for a free steam account and download some free steam games like Planetside 2 -

    Look here Free to Play games on Steam

    I guess Microsoft really wont mind this you know.. a gaming OS that plays all formally Windows PC games LOL I say this because Microsoft doesn't seem to be focused on the PC gaming market like it once was. I know many PC gamers who have said they wouldn't have to use Windows if Linux played games like the PC does.

    Microsoft should look at this as a threat. SteamOS is a direct threat to both Windows 8 and the Xbox One. It's Free, based on Ubuntu which can easily be configured to look and feel like a windows system, and will run just about any Microsoft Windows software - including Games ! It's like having an Xbox and Desktop PC in one. (but at a fraction of the cost)

    Steam is gaining market share among Windows gamers.
    Windows 8 itself ended the month at 12.11 percent, giving the larger Windows 8.x host a combined market share of 18.45 percent among Steam users. That dwarfs, naturally, OS X’s market share among the gaming cohort that uses steam of 3.48 percent, and Linux’s share among the same group of 0.98 percent.
    Windows 8.1 Surpasses Windows Vista Among Steam Users, Drives Windows 8.x Over The 18% Mark | TechCrunch

    It stands to reason to me lots of those using Steam on Linux and Windows will jump ship as the technology gets better. With this, you can build your own gaming rig that's better than the Steam Box, Xbox One or PS4. It will be faster/better gaming experience because Linux doesn't have the overhead Windows does with background processes and services running that's not needed for gaming.

    I don't know how Steam is converting all their games into a format that will work in Linux - I assume they have to somehow replace DirextX (and other libraries) with Open GL etc. If anyone knows, let me know.

    I assume the Steam technology is closed source because then anyone could use this to make cracked versions of games run on Linux, further getting all the pirates to jump ship from Windows also.

    Interesting times we live in. I'm gonna watch this play out like a soap opera. Popcorn on standby.
    Last edited by Dark Rider; 16 Dec 2013 at 19:11.
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  5. #5

    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    Strange system requirements.
    What are the SteamOS Hardware Requirements?

    Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor

    4GB or more RAM

    Hard Drive:
    500GB or larger disk

    Video Card:
    NVIDIA graphics card
    (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon!)

    UEFI boot support
    USB port for installation

    How do I install SteamOS?

    There are two different installation methods for SteamOS. The recommended method is the Default Installation method, which is a pre-configured image-based install using CloneZilla. The other method uses Debian Installer, which allows for customization after an automated install step. Please choose one of those methods below.
    WARNING: Both installation methods will erase all content on the target computer
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  6. #6

    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit

    Thanks.. I didn't think to look at the specs...

    Hmm.. if they dont let you install to a partition, you have to replace Windows. Strange they use UEFI as in most Linux distros it's better to disable this but UEFI does have advanced features that may be critical to the installer. I bet they do away with this soon.. sounds strange the Debian installer won't allow a normal bios install.

    A google search shows a workaround for the OS using all drive space and not allowing a dual boot here:

    Tentative Dual-Boot Patch for SteamOS Installer :: Steam Universe folks are working on better alternatives. Future releases may allow dual booting as this SteamOS is still in beta.

    Also found are workarounds for the UEFI requirement. such as SteamOS Installation Walkthrough Guide
    Last edited by Dark Rider; 16 Dec 2013 at 22:23.
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  7. #7

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    Yow, this is one HIGH PROFILE OS!

    I'd love to mess with it, I need 2 more GB of Ram for this system, I got the other qualifications, maybe not UEFI...

    Thanx for the Link!
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