SteamOS Now Available For Download

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SteamOS Now Available For Download

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Those of you working on putting together a "Steam Box" of your own can now test out Valve's proprietary operating system.

It's finally here! Earlier in the month, we heard that Valve would be shipping out the very first Steam Machines and controllers on the 13th, and that SteamOS would be made available for download by individuals or commercial original equipment manufacturers at that time. Now, anyone with an internet connection and an itch to give Valve's proprietary OS a whirl can download it for free.

You can download the SteamOS client via the official Valve direct download link, although the folks over at SteamDB urge users to use this unofficial torrent to relieve some of the strain on Valve's servers.

Valve have put together a couple of guides on the OS, including a detailed guide on building your own Steam Machine for personal use or, if you are a PC manufacturer, building a Steam Machine for commercial sale. Either way, any potential Steam Machine will have to meet the following minimum system requirements:

  • Processor: Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
  • Memory: 4GB or more RAM
  • Hard Drive: 500GB or larger disk
  • Video Card: NVIDIA graphics card (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon!)
  • Additional: UEFI boot support
  • USB port for installation

If you have any more questions, you should check out the official SteamOS FAQ. Unfortunately, the much-touted ability to stream content from a Windows based PC (known as "in-home streaming") is not available in this build of the OS. Valve stresses that this is still an early beta, and to stay tuned for more updates.

Source: SteamDB

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"WARNING: Both installation methods will erase all content on the target computer"

Read the guide before you go installing willy-nilly. Gonna have to find a way to have two OSs on my computer I guess. I'm sure I'll find it with a bit of googling, so it shouldn't be too difficult.

EDIT: I'm sure the more tech-savvy people already knew what installing it would do.
EDIT 2: I barely have any space on my HDD left anyways :S

CpT_x_Killsteal:
"WARNING: Both installation methods will erase all content on the target computer"

Read the guide before you go installing willy-nilly. Gonna have to find a way to have two OSs on my computer I guess. I'm sure I'll find it with a bit of googling, so it shouldn't be too difficult.

EDIT: I'm sure the more tech-savvy people already knew what installing it would do.

By "the target computer" they mean the target hard drive partition. It's just that getting a proper dual-boot menu can be a pain sometimes, so the easiest way is to just have different OSs on different HHDs entirely, and boot to a specific HDD through the BIOS.

As I said back then, I'm still not sure why I would want this. At all.

But sure, let's see what people's experiences with it are and whether or not they get royally screwed some way or another. Or maybe it is advantageous in some manner? Who knows. I'd prefer not to be the guinea pig.

Skeleon:
As I said back then, I'm still not sure why I would want this. At all.

But sure, let's see what people's experiences with it are and whether or not they get royally screwed some way or another. Or maybe it is advantageous in some manner? Who knows. I'd prefer not to be the guinea pig.

It is advantageous for those that do not want to have to deal with Microsoft going "Haha. All your money goes through us now, just like Apple. Thanks!"

Cecilo:
It is advantageous for those that do not want to have to deal with Microsoft going "Haha. All your money goes through us now, just like Apple. Thanks!"

I'm not even sure what that's supposed to mean, bolded. What money's now "going through" Microsoft and Apple and what do you mean by "going through"?

And why would "All your money goes through Valve now, thanks!" be any better?

Also, if I want an alternative OS, why not just use Linux rather than this peculiar version of it (as far as I remember, that's what the SteamOS is based on, anyway)?

Skeleon:

Cecilo:
It is advantageous for those that do not want to have to deal with Microsoft going "Haha. All your money goes through us now, just like Apple. Thanks!"

I'm not even sure what that's supposed to mean, bolded. What money's now "going through" Microsoft and Apple?

But why would "All your money goes through Valve now, thanks!" be any better?
Also, if I want an alternative OS, why not just Linux rather than this peculiar version of it (as far as I remember, that's what the SteamOS is based on, anyway)?

Its meant to be optimized for games. No bloat from Microsoft. While still being free like linux.

It also gives incentives to go OpenGl or mantle. Which is good for everyone.

It closes the gap between PC and console. By taking away the only thing consoles had left going for it.

Ultratwinkie:
Its meant to be optimized for games.

Okay, let's have the folks try it out then and we'll see whether there's any reason to switch. Although when I hear "optimized for games", I tend to - perhaps unfairly - think "reduced functionality in other areas".

No bloat from Microsoft. While still being free.

Just get the non-Valve-ified Linux. *shrug*

There's already a thread on the Steam Forums complaining about how he/she deleted all of his/her data. Handle with care, children!

You know, how the hell do people NOT know reformatting deletes your data?

and how the hell do they reformat without first backing up their files?

This is basic computer maintenance. What are they doing with a BETA of an OS meant for specialists if they can't do the basics? What am I missing here?

Hmm I wonder if VMWare or if Virtualbox would work. Strange how it is requiring 500 Gigabytes as a base. That's like the one mixed signal for me.

Also please don't JUST install Steam OS, you will be deleting your windows or Mac OS and lose everything on your hard drive that you installed said OS on.

Ultratwinkie:
You know, how the hell do people NOT know reformatting deletes your data?

and how the hell do they reformat without first backing up their files?

This is basic computer maintenance. What are they doing with a BETA of an OS meant for specialists if they can't do the basics? What am I missing here?

People are so much misinformed or with false expectations. What I read on the Steam Forums is messages from users who seem like they didn't even read the download page of what they downloaded and tried to install.

Some are making rant threads because SteamOS BETA, a CONSOLE operating system doesn't run their Windows programs natively...

Others say Valve is evil because it wants to steal from Microsoft its consumers.

Others are bashing the thing because not everything works,while Valve has already said that not everything will work because its a BETA and not the final,consumer version that will be out in 2014.

People just jump on the bandwagon of hype and download and install things without even knowing what it is that they are installing and without having prior experience on doing it.

Has anyone gave this a try? How does it handle video card drivers, etc?

Stavros Dimou:

Ultratwinkie:
You know, how the hell do people NOT know reformatting deletes your data?

and how the hell do they reformat without first backing up their files?

This is basic computer maintenance. What are they doing with a BETA of an OS meant for specialists if they can't do the basics? What am I missing here?

People are so much misinformed or with false expectations. What I read on the Steam Forums is messages from users who seem like they didn't even read the download page of what they downloaded and tried to install.

Some are making rant threads because SteamOS BETA, a CONSOLE operating system doesn't run their Windows programs natively...

Others say Valve is evil because it wants to steal from Microsoft its consumers.

Others are bashing the thing because not everything works,while Valve has already said that not everything will work because its a BETA and not the final,consumer version that will be out in 2014.

People just jump on the bandwagon of hype and download and install things without even knowing what it is that they are installing and without having prior experience on doing it.

Wow. In the Steam Family Sharing Forums, you could get stomped on for so much as suggesting features (e.g. Ask for parental controls and people just accuse you of not knowing how to control your kids :/)

But meh, that's what you get. Everyone believes Valve when they say it's the second coming of Christ, but don't notice when they say it's a Beta and thus not a full product yet.

I wasn't particularly excited for this in the first place because even if I'm going to use it as a secondary OS just for gaming (the only way I would ever even consider using it) I still want skype which I doubt will work, not to mention that none of my non steam games will even run. But none of that really matters seeing as apparently we are giving timed exclusivity to graphics card manufactures now and thus as a AMD user I literally can't run it.

major_chaos:
I wasn't particularly excited for this in the first place because even if I'm going to use it as a secondary OS just for gaming (the only way I would ever even consider using it) I still want skype which I doubt will work, not to mention that none of my non steam games will even run. But none of that really matters seeing as apparently we are giving timed exclusivity to graphics card manufactures now and thus as a AMD user I literally can't run it.

You should from what i understand be able to install skype or some third party software that can use skpyes network as it is just running on a normal Linux base

major_chaos:
I wasn't particularly excited for this in the first place because even if I'm going to use it as a secondary OS just for gaming (the only way I would ever even consider using it) I still want skype which I doubt will work, not to mention that none of my non steam games will even run. But none of that really matters seeing as apparently we are giving timed exclusivity to graphics card manufactures now and thus as a AMD user I literally can't run it.

The OS is based on Debian 7 which Skype provides a linux client for: http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-linux/ You should be able to install non-steam linux games on it, but not your Windows-only games. The Nvidia-only thing is a pain, but the OS is in beta, and Valve has been working on grahpics card issues with Nvidia, it would makes sense here. AMD card support will likely be provided in the official release.

CpT_x_Killsteal:
"WARNING: Both installation methods will erase all content on the target computer"

Read the guide before you go installing willy-nilly. Gonna have to find a way to have two OSs on my computer I guess. I'm sure I'll find it with a bit of googling, so it shouldn't be too difficult.

EDIT: I'm sure the more tech-savvy people already knew what installing it would do.
EDIT 2: I barely have any space on my HDD left anyways :S

linux needs its own file system so the HDD partition its installed on will be cleaned. This would be basic knowledge, but humans....

Ultratwinkie:
You know, how the hell do people NOT know reformatting deletes your data?

and how the hell do they reformat without first backing up their files?

This is basic computer maintenance. What are they doing with a BETA of an OS meant for specialists if they can't do the basics? What am I missing here?

You assume average PC user knows basic computer maintenance. They dont.
What are they doing with a BETA of an OS? following valve fan hype.

So wait, it requires UEFI? Or simply supports it?

If its requires, then I'm rather confused as to why.

It's never a good idea to install a beta version of an OS. Especially if it's Linux based.

Ultratwinkie:
You know, how the hell do people NOT know reformatting deletes your data?

and how the hell do they reformat without first backing up their files?

This is basic computer maintenance. What are they doing with a BETA of an OS meant for specialists if they can't do the basics? What am I missing here?

As someone who works in IT I must point out that the stupidity and ignorance of the average user can vary between Einstein and a dodo, you get people who know what their doing and those that shouldn't be allowed near a computer ever. I have given up saying "no one can be that dumb", trust me if it can be done then no matter how stupid it is more than 1 idiot will do it.

major_chaos:
*snip*
But none of that really matters seeing as apparently we are giving timed exclusivity to graphics card manufactures now and thus as a AMD user I literally can't run it.

Don't be so stupid, this isn't timed exclusivity this is a BETA, an early development build, and since nVidia have had the biggest issues with getting running on linux in the past its no suprise their focusing on getting their drivers working, AMD has been far more compatible in the past and I suspect they know it'll be easy to add later on with less issues. At the very least their focusing on one issue at a time, this is a big undertaking and Valve has to make sure they pull it off because bad stigmas are near impossible to rub off.

Going by what you've said I'd say stay away from it for now, this early build is for those like myself who are technically minded and are willing to test early builds to help valve find any bugs. Wait until the official release and by then more games should be out.

Vie:
So wait, it requires UEFI? Or simply supports it?

If its requires, then I'm rather confused as to why.

It simple supports it if you have it. The requirements are obscure as hell, you need a 500GB to install an OS? Fuck that!

major_chaos:
I wasn't particularly excited for this in the first place because even if I'm going to use it as a secondary OS just for gaming (the only way I would ever even consider using it) I still want skype which I doubt will work, not to mention that none of my non steam games will even run. But none of that really matters seeing as apparently we are giving timed exclusivity to graphics card manufactures now and thus as a AMD user I literally can't run it.

http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-linux/

Given that SteamOS uses the standard Linux Runtime, Skype ought to work fine on it. Plus, as was said in the article, compatibility with AMD cards in on its way, so no need to be so depressive about the whole thing.

Meanwhile at Valve, everyone is laughing at all the people who deleted windows accidentally while installing Steam OS. They must now accept their new overlord.

Vie:
So wait, it requires UEFI? Or simply supports it?

If its requires, then I'm rather confused as to why.

Because about every every recent motherboard is UEFI, if you want to install on older hardware, there is instruction on how to create a bios compatible installation usb key, on the steamos forum.

Nah I think I'll still keep with windows for a good few years valve, I'm happy where I am thanks.

Cecilo:

It is advantageous for those that do not want to have to deal with Microsoft going "Haha. All your money goes through us now, just like Apple. Thanks!"

In case you have failed to notice SteamOS comes with steam built in just like Android, IOS and Windows comes with their respective shops. The clue is in the title.

im looking forward to reading more about steam os, but i am not going to beta test it.

"SteamOS is designed to run Steam and Steam games. It also provides a desktop mode which can run regular Linux applications." Well that was obvious, but still sucks. The only reason to even consider installing this thing on my PC would be if it runs games with a lot better fps than windows.

They should have made the warning label bigger for it and type in big bold comic sans

PARTITION YOU'RE GOD DAMN HDD

Even if they'd have done that people still would have installed it over their current OS. I know not everyone has done this before but at least read the instructions if you haven't.

kasperbbs:
The only reason to even consider installing this thing on my PC would be if it runs games with a lot better fps than windows.

The only reason anyone should consider SteamOS or a SteamBox is if they can't handle PC gaming with all it's maintenance, yes for the knowledgeable this is a cakewalk but for a novice hell let's even say my sister who has been using PCs for well over 10 years that is a bucket of mystery she would never go near without having me to fix everything.

So when SteamOS is done it may be a gaming for dummies standard, but it isn't now and it sure as hell will not be the more versatile OS.

Glademaster:
They should have made the warning label bigger for it and type in big bold comic sans

PARTITION YOU'RE GOD DAMN HDD

Even if they'd have done that people still would have installed it over their current OS. I know not everyone has done this before but at least read the instructions if you haven't.

I'd avoid the entire Hard disk partitioning and just get a second hard disk. Or better yet, use a Virtual Machine like VMWare player and try out the beta first instead of going off and installing it onto a perfectly operable machine. My heart goes out to IT people who have to deal with incompetent users that nuke their computers.

Personally, unless someone is 100% sure of the stability of an OS and that the installer includes utilities for setting up a proper boot loader (good old GRUB2), I'd never install it outside of a virtual machine. Even then, I'd make sure I have my windows or main OS backed up using Shadow Protect 5 or at least Windows Backup. Don't trust Acronis with anything other than basic file recovery for bad installs.

Speaking of which, I still need to get rid of Acronis and get my Shadow Protect 5 running.

Glademaster:
They should have made the warning label bigger for it and type in big bold comic sans

PARTITION YOU'RE GOD DAMN HDD

Even if they'd have done that people still would have installed it over their current OS. I know not everyone has done this before but at least read the instructions if you haven't.

Why would they accuse people of being hard drives?

I'm not saying i set up the whole thing without reading the "Nvidia Only" right in the middle of the system reqs. But uh.... i may have done that.

Is it just me or has that particular middle finger been flipped at us more and more frequently lately...

Frustrating

Right on! I'll boot up my virtual machine and give this new OS a bash, it can live next to windows, android and Ubuntu :)

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