SteamOS out now (beta)

#1
Remember this is a beta release and not the final product.

http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/

http://steamdb.info/blog/35/ 960MB <--- there is a link to a unofficial torrent, use at own risk.

http://repo.steampowered.com

- SteamOS is based on Debian 7.1 Wheezy
- Music & TV/Movies do not seem to be in this build

github: https://github.com/ValveSoftware/SteamOS

Use a VM Application if you're unsure on how to to install it on a PC first.


FAQ: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse/discussions/1/648814395741989999/



Q: How do I install SteamOS?

There are two different install methods for SteamOS. '''WARNING: BOTH METHODS WILL ERASE EVERYTHING ON THE MACHINE'''

The easiest method is an image-based install using CloneZilla. You will need to create a SteamOS System Restore USB stick to perform this install. The image provided here requires at least a 1TB disk.

- Format a 4GB or larger USB stick with the FAT32 filesystem. Use "SYSRESTORE" as the partition name
- Unzip the contents of SYSRESTORE.zip to this USB stick to create the System
- Restore USB stick
- Put the System Restore USB stick in your target machine. Boot your machine and tell the BIOS to boot off the stick. (usually something like F8, F11 or F12 will bring up the BIOS boot menu).
- Make sure you select the UEFI entry, it may look something like "UEFI: Patriot Memory PMAP"
- Select "Restore Entire Disk" from the GRUB menu.
- System Restore will proceed automatically. When it is complete it will reboot into your freshly re-imaged SteamOS

The second method is based on the Debian Installer. It requires multiple configuration steps:
- Unzip the SteamOSInstaller.zip file to a blank, FAT32-formatted USB stick.
- Put the USB stick in your target machine. Boot your machine and tell the BIOS to boot off the stick. (usually something like F8, F11, or F12 will bring up the BIOS boot menu).
Make sure you select the UEFI entry, it may look something like "UEFI: Patriot Memory PMAP"
- Pick "Automated Install" from the next menu.
- The rest of the installation is unattended and will repartition the drive and install SteamOS.
- After installation is complete, log onto the resulting system (using the Gnome session) with the predefined "steam" account. The password is "steam". Run steam, accept the EULA, and let it bootstrap. Logoff the steam account
- Log on with the "desktop" account. The password is "desktop"
- From a terminal window, run ~/post_logon.sh. This will prompt for a password - enter "desktop". This script will perform the post-install customizations, delete itself, then reboot into the recovery partition capture utility.
- Confirm "y" to continue and the recovery partition will be created. When it is finished, reboot into your freshly installed SteamOS
 
#17
I already use and prefer Ubuntu to Windows outside of exclusive software.

I'm looking forward to installing an alternate boot of this. I hope it will be easy and the create something like "wubi" for it.
I'm also looking forward to seeing how quickly it gets ports of software.

I'm crossing my fingers that this quickly develops and turns into the best Linux distribution.
 

TAJ

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
#25
Oh boy, an OS that can only play Linux games. Wait, not even that... only the Linux games on Steam.
But it's FREE... like Linux, lol.
 
#35
Oh boy, an OS that can only play Linux games. Wait, not even that... only the Linux games on Steam.
But it's FREE... like Linux, lol.
Well they gotta start somewhere and what better time to start than now? It's like launching new consoles without backward compatibility, it will be pretty barebone at the beginning.
 

TAJ

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
#45
Well they gotta start somewhere and what better time to start than now? It's like launching new consoles without backward compatibility, it will be pretty barebone at the beginning.
I do think their fears about Windows openness are justified. They just have mountains to climb to get this thing viable.
I'd definitely prefer Valve overlords to MS overlords.